Joining the likes of James Gallagher, Cal Ellenor and Aaron Chalmers on the main card at the 3Arena is Leah “The Curse” McCourt (3-1) and her German opponent, Judith Ruis (6-4). The two will face each other at women’s featherweight in a bout which brings further star power to a fight card bristling with homegrown and international talent.
Northern Ireland’s McCourt, who trains out of SBG Charlestown, recently announced that she has signed a new, exclusive, six-fight deal with Bellator and celebrates by returning with the promotion to Dublin’s 3Arena for the third time in 12 months. She holds a perfect record in front of her home crowd, having secured first round wins against Hatice Ozyurt and Kerry Hughes in the Irish capital in 2019. She’ll be confident of notching up her third Bellator win – and fourth overall victory in her professional career – when she walks out in front of a raucous home support.
Standing opposite her in the Bellator cage will be Germany’s Judith Ruis, who will be making her promotional debut for Bellator having enjoyed her first set of back-to-back wins in 2019. Ruis, who has seen four of her six career wins come via submission, will be aiming to test McCourt’s well-rounded game and fans shouldn’t be surprised to see her attempt to take the fight to the floor. With twice as many bouts to her name as her McCourt, Ruis will try to use that experience to overcome the wining momentum her opponent has built, along with a partisan Irish crowd.
Bellator have also announced a raft of featherweight bouts for the preliminary card, with four 145lb match-ups set to get the Irish fans on their feet in the first 2020 Bellator European Series event.
Leading the featherweight charge is hometown fighter Dylan Logan (4-3), who welcomes Northampton’s Tom Mearns (6-3) in a mouth-watering Anglo-Irish clash. Logan enjoyed submission victories in both Bellator Dublin events in 2019, defeating Andrew Murphy and Adam Gustab in the first and second round respectively. Mearns has fought twice for Bellator, both times in London, most recently losing out by unanimous decision to Jeremy Petley last month.
Returning to the scene of their promotional and professional debuts are SBG product Ciaran Clarke (1-0), who goes up against the identically-matched Jamie Faulding (1-0), and Morocco’s Ilias Bulaid (1-0), who fights Diego Freitas (Pro Debut) of Portugal. Clarke and Bulaid both fought on Bellator’s most recent visit to Dublin, defeating George Courtney and Vitalic Maiboroda with third and first-round finishes respectively.
Making their professional debuts are Asael Adjoudj and Team Ryano’s Constantin Blanita, who step into the Bellator cage for the first time in a distinctly European Franco-Irish bout.
With another sell-out crowd expected, Bellator Dublin: Gallagher vs. Ellenor promises to be an unforgettable night of MMA action for fans.
Further bout announcements are expected in the coming weeks.
Bellator Dublin Fight Card:
Bantamweight main event: James Gallagher (10-1) vs. Cal Ellenor (8-2)
Welterweight bout: Aaron Chalmers (5-1) vs. Austin Clem (3-1)
Women’s featherweight bout: Leah McCourt (3-1) vs. Judith Ruis (6-4)
Preliminary Fight Card:
Welterweight bout: Oliver Enkamp (8-2) vs. Lewis Long (17-5)
Lightweight bout: Philip Mulpeter (10-6) vs. Daniel Crawford (10-3)
Lightweight bout: Ryan Roddy (8-1-1) vs. Chris Duncan (5-0)
Light heavyweight bout: Karl Moore (9-2) vs. Arunas Andriuskevicus (15-4)
Middleweight bout: Will Fleury (6-2) vs. Justin Moore (9-4)
Women’s strawweight bout: Danni Neilan (1-0) vs. Chiara Penco (4-1)
Flyweight bout: Blaine O’Driscoll (7-3) vs. Ezzoubair Bouarsa (7-1)
Featherweight bout: Richie Smullen (5-1-1) vs. Ranjeet Baria (3-1)
Featherweight bout: Dylan Logan (4-3) vs. Tom Mearns (6-3)
Featherweight bout: Ciaran Clarke (1-0) vs. Jamie Faulding (1-0)
Featherweight bout: Ilias Bulaid (1-0) vs. Diego Freitas (Pro Debut)
Featherweight bout: Asael Adjoudj (Pro Debut) vs. Constantin Blanita (Pro Debut)
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