In the UK Fighter Watch series, we will be scouring the world for upcoming MMA events in search of future stars and lesser-known talent hailing from the United Kingdom and Ireland. We aim to shed the spotlight on some of Britain’s must-see fighters, so we’ll very rarely include any established competitors in each article.
Today, we’re heading over to Bellator 275 in Dublin, Ireland. In an event headlined by Gegard Mousasi, who’ll be looking to defend his middleweight strap against the undefeated Austin Vanderford, this card is littered with promising British athletes, a former Bellator lightweight title contender, and many others who we believe deserve some recognition prior to their big night on February 25.
While the 20-fight veteran isn’t necessarily an unknown entity within the MMA community, Brett Johns deserves much more acknowledgement heading into his prelim fight with the always dangerous, Khurshed Kakhorov.
The Welshman hopes to kick on from his most recent decision loss and refind the form that earned him bantamweight gold in both Cage Warriors and Titan FC. However, that will be no easy task when he comes face to face with “Killer” Kakhorov, the Tajikistan-born 135er whose devastating striking has earned him six finishes during his flawless 8-0 start to the sport of mixed martial arts.
Although he has just one professional MMA fight under his belt heading into his matchup with Jamie Hay later this month, Lee Hammond is a seasoned amateur having fought 20 times.
The 25-year-old has an impressive 11 submission victories in his 15 wins prior to turning professional, and after successfully scoring a TKO finish over the undefeated Ionut Brostic in his last outing, Hammond proves to be a problem anywhere the fight goes. His opponent Hay brings with him a BJJ Brown Belt so expect this one to be fascinating if and when the fight hits the ground.
Making his pro-debut, Darragh Kelly promises to put on a show when he steps in against the aged and unbeaten Junior Morgan at Bellator 275.
The SBG Ireland representative has been imposing his style on the local MMA scene since 2017, managing to carry a perfect 9-0 record consisting of seven submissions and two knockout wins. The 3x Irish champion will be looking to make a statement, so anticipate a finish in this one.
Bellator 275 goes down on February 25 and it surely won’t disappoint. Alongside the three must-watch UK competitors we listed above, those who tune in to the event will get to see Peter Queally compete fresh off his lightweight title loss, witness Fabian Edwards attempt a comeback following his two back-to-back decision losses, and see Leah McCourt put her six-fight win streak on the line against the powerful Sinead Kavanagh.
Be sure to let us know who you’ll be watching out for in the comments!