Following BAMMA 30 at the 3 arena, Dublin, on Friday 7th July, the 3 Arena Twitter account announced the two organisations will once again link up for a 3rd event in Dublin on the 10th of November, later this year for another double-header.
The post shown below, shows Bellator’s James Gallagher as the focal point of the Bellator card, following his impressive showing at Bellator NYC, the 20-year-old Strabane native finished Chinzo Machida inside one round with a rear-naked choke. The Machida win has firmly launched Gallagher into the Featherweight championship picture, with recently crowned Champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire on his radar. It is unclear whether or not Bellator will make this match up for Dublin, but the ‘Strabanimal’ will draw a solid crowd either way.
— 3Arena (@3ArenaDublin) July 7, 2017
BAMMA showed again with BAMMA 30, that they can pack out the 3 Arena without Bellator, but both companies have shown great business sense, cross promoting and continuing a winning formula. With Daniel Lapilus Vs. Daniel Crawford(BAMMA World Featherweight Championship) and Nathan Jones Vs. Alex Lahore (BAMMA World Welterweight Championship) fights announced for BAMMA 31, it is likely the card will be heavy with BAMMA’s Irish fighting contingent.
Paul ‘Redser’ Redmond’s victory in the Lightweight number 1 contender co-main means it is likely we will see him fight for the vacant Lightweight title. Interim Flyweight champion Andy Young has yet to fight since BAMMA 28 in February, Belfast and should fight on the card. Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee and Richie Smullen will surely take to the cage again to settle their Unanimous Decision draw last Friday for the Lonsdale Lightweight belt.
The card has multiple possible big draw fights, let’s hope BAMMA get it right and put the disappointment of the no contest end to last Friday’s Featherweight Title Main event behind them.