BELLATOR MMA has confirmed two more thrilling contests have been added to the preliminary card for its return to Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday, September 23. Swedish star Karl “King” Albrektsson (13-3, 2-1 BMMA) will hope to silence the loudest fans in the world when he takes on Ireland’s Karl Moore (9-2, 1-0 BMMA) in the light heavyweight division. Meanwhile at welterweight, American Dante Schiro (8-3, 1-1 BMMA) welcomes SBG Ireland’s Luca Poclit (6-1) to the BELLATOR cage for the first time in a contest that promises to produce fireworks.
BELLATOR 285: Henderson vs. Queally will air live in Ireland on Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Sport and in the UK on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer on Friday, Sep. 23, at 9 p.m. BST, while the preliminary card airs live on Virgin Media and BBC iPlayer at 5:30 p.m. BST.
The newly-announced bouts join a mouthwatering cast of top MMA talent already announced for the event, featuring legends of the sport, homegrown stars and international challengers hoping to spoil the Irish party. The updated fight card for BELLATOR 285: Henderson vs. Queally can be seen below.
As anticipation builds for BELLATOR MMA’s third spectacular event in a year at Dublin’s iconic 3Arena, the promotion will hold a special fan event this Sunday, July 10 to celebrate one of the most passionate and loyal fan bases on the planet. MMA legends Royce Gracie and coach John Kavanagh, alongside Irish BELLATOR stars Peter Queally and Ciaran Clarke will be heading to The Square Tallaght, where the BELLATOR Luas will be stationed starting 12 p.m. BST, to give fans the opportunity to meet their heroes.
BELLATOR 285: HENDERSON VS. QUEALLY MAIN CARD:
SHOWTIME (U.S.) | BBC Three & BBC iPlayer (U.K.) | Virgin Media (IRELAND)
Friday, September 23 – 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Lightweight Bout: #3-Benson Henderson (29-11) vs. #5-Peter Queally (13-6)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1) vs. #8-Yoel Romero (14-6)
Bantamweight Bout: #7-James Gallagher (11-2) vs. Brett Johns (18-3)
Featherweight Bout: #3-Mads Burnell (16-4) vs. #6-Pedro Carvalho (12-6)
Women’s Featherweight Bout: #5-Leah McCourt (6-2) vs. #9 Dayana Silva (10-7)
BELLATOR 285: HENDERSON VS. QUEALLY PRELIMINARY CARD:
BBC iPlayer (UK) | Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)
5:30 p.m. BST/12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
Featherweight Bout: Ciaran Clarke (5-0) vs. Georges Sasu (5-2)
Bantamweight Bout: Brian Moore (14-9) vs. Arivaldo Lima da Silva (19-10)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Karl Albrektsson (13-3) vs. Karl Moore (9-2)
Lightweight Bout: Darragh Kelly (1-0) vs. Kye Stevens (3-1, 1 NC)
Lightweight Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (31-13-1) vs. Kane Mousah (13-4)
Featherweight Bout: Kenny Mokhonoana (3-0) vs. Alex Bodnar (4-1)
Middleweight Bout: Luca Poclit (7-1) vs. Dante Schiro (9-3)