|Venue: Mohegan Solar Area, Connecticut, USA Date: Friday, 21 Could|
|Protection: Watch stay protection on BBC iPlayer from 22:30 BST|
There are 4 British MMA stars on the cardboard as Bellator 259 is broadcast stay on BBC iPlayer on Friday from 22:30 BST.
England’s Fabian Edwards and Alfie Davis, Northern Eire’s Leah McCourt and Wales’ Brett Johns are all in motion in a jam-packed occasion, which additionally sees Cris Cyborg put her featherweight title on the road in opposition to Leslie Smith in the primary occasion.
You do not have to be an evening owl to catch the vast majority of the British fighters in motion as Davis, Johns and McCourt are concerned within the first three bouts of the night time, with Edwards showing later within the night.
Don’t fret If you cannot keep awake for the entire occasion nonetheless, because the programme will probably be out there in full on catch-up and you’ll watch the perfect fights as on-demand full replays as effectively.
What’s Bellator MMA?
Bellator is a US-based combined martial arts promotion thought-about by many to be the closest rival to the UFC.
The organisation has its personal world titles and boasts a roster of fighters, together with a few of the greatest combined martial artists round.
MMA is likely one of the quickest rising sports activities on the planet and is a mix of a number of martial arts, reminiscent of karate, muay thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
The largest combat on the cardboard sees Cyborg defend her featherweight title in a rematch in opposition to high contender Leslie ‘The Peacemaker’ Smith.
Smith will probably be in search of revenge after being crushed by way of a first-round TKO when she final confronted Cyborg in 2016.
Edwards is the only real British fighter on the primary card as he takes on Austin Vanderford in a middleweight contest.
The 28-year-old is seeking to bounce again from his first Bellator loss eight months in the past when Costello van Steenis acquired the higher off him by way of a cut up choice.
A wrestling and submission standout, Vanderford stays undefeated in MMA with a 10-0 report.
In the meantime, the preliminary card is an thrilling one for British followers as Davis faces Alexander Shabliy, Johns takes on Danny Sabatello and McCourt goes up in opposition to Janay Harding.
Evaluation – ‘Edwards wants the competition to be fought at distance’
Bellator MMA pundit Gareth A Davies takes a take a look at the place every combat involving a British fighter may very well be received or misplaced on the Mohegan Solar Area.
Fabian Edwards (Eng) v Austin Vanderford (US)
Middleweight Fabian Edwards’ athletic means and languid type, by which he favours throwing heavy kicks and punches, will probably be examined to the complete in opposition to the standard brawler wrestling abilities of Austin Vanderford.
The American is more likely to search for takedowns to smother and dominate on the bottom. If taken down, Edwards wants to seek out his toes once more shortly on this combat and pressure the competition to be fought at distance – from there he can dominate.
Leah McCourt (NI) v Janay Harding (Aus)
No-one on your entire Bellator roster works tougher at their sport than Leah McCourt. The Northern Irish fighter has already efficiently headlined a Bellator occasion in Dublin. Featherweight McCourt has the flexibility to smother opponents and grind them down along with her judo and jiu-jitsu background, however Janay Harding brings hazard in her palms and toes and is a formidable foe within the stand-up sport.
The important thing for McCourt on this combat is to create a defensive wall along with her jab, use her footwork, shut the gap, change ranges and take the combat to the bottom. What McCourt should not do in opposition to Harding is get caught in fixed toe-to-toe hearth fights.
Alfie Davis (Eng) v Alexander Shabliy (Rus)
Alfie Davis is a rising European star and has good stand-up. His dancing footwork giving him the house to blow up along with his leg kicks and strikes with each palms.
That’s precisely what he should do on this contest with a harmful Russian Alexander Shabliy, who will probably be determined to show his worth as a contender on his Bellator debut.
Shabliy is a stress fighter and the important thing because the ‘Axe man’ Davis advised me, is to manage the house between them by being each elusive and equally explosive when in vary. Justifying after all his quantity 9 rating place within the Bellator light-weight division.
Brett Johns (Wal) v Daniel Sabatello (US)
Welsh bantamweight Brett Johns is making his Bellator debut as he faces American Daniel Sabatello. Jones, who left UFC in October 2020, is as powerful as they arrive. He is now a veteran and has all the abilities to use all of this in a really powerful Bellator debut.
Friday, 21 Could
22:30-04:30 (foremost card from 02:00) – BBC iPlayer
Bellator 260 on Friday, 11 June may even be out there stay on BBC iPlayer with additional occasions to be introduced in the end.
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