The Welshman has been added to the Bellator 296 card taking place in Paris, the event is being headlined by UFC veteran Gegard Mousasi and fellow Brit Fabian Edwards.
The Welsh bantamweight Brett Johns returns to the cage on the 12th of May where he faces the difficult challenge of snapping Marcirley Alves da Silva‘s two-fight win streak.
Da Silva is making his promotional debut for Bellator and has been handed one of the division’s very best in Swansea’s Brett “The Pikey” Johns. Brett is currently 19-3 in his career and 2-1 in Bellator after consecutive wins over Khurshed Kakhorov and Jordan Winski.
Brett is the more experienced fighter and eight years Da Silva’s senior who is only 23 years old, a win would do more for the career of Da Silva than it would for Brett but is still a must-win if he wants to be in the title picture this year.
Johns has not fought since September of last year, I believe he just wanted to get back out there after other fights had not come to fruition and not let ring rust become a thing. Da Silva is also yet to fight this calendar year with his last bout taking place in December of last year.
Brett is always in the gym whether that’s helping Oban “The Welsh Gangster” Elliot climb up the ranks in Cage Warriors or sharpening iron with Jack “Tank” Shore of the UFC. A real dream team starting to form in SMMA (Shore mixed martial arts) gym in Abertillery, Wales run by Richard Shore.
Wales against Brazil in France, an away day is nothing new to the “Pikey” as he’s been known to travel away and supports his and my local football team Swansea City on many occasions. Let’s hope Swansea and Wales give him that same love in return and head out to Paris to support him.