Bellator will return to England in February and a former lightweight title challenger will headline the card.
Bellator 215 is set for Feb. 9 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, the promotion today announced. In the headliner, which is expected to air on Parmaount and stream on DAZN, Patricky Freire (20-8 MMA, 13-7 BMMA) will take on BAMMA champion Ryan Scope (12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Also on the card, Newcastle native and former reality star Aaron Chalmers (4-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will fight against an opponent still to be determined.
The event will be part of Bellator’s recent major expansion in Europe. Bellator first went to Newcastle nearly a year ago for Bellator 191, where Michael McDonald outworked Peter Ligier in the main event and upcoming women’s flyweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau made her promotional debut with a win over Kate Jackson.
“Pitbull” Freire has won four straight fights since a knockout loss to Michael Chandler in a lightweight title fight in June 2016. Since then, he has knockouts in three of his four wins over Josh Thomson, Derek Campos and Roger Huerta, plus a split call over former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Scope won BAMMA’s lightweight title a year ago with a split decision over Mickael Lebout. That championship victory let him bounce back from the lone loss of his pro career, a submissino setback in February 2017 to Lewis Long.
Chalmers stayed perfect to start his pro MMA career in May with a first-round guillotine choke win over Ashley Griffiths at Bellator 200, which was his promotional debut. Prior to that, he had three first-round stoppage wins under the BAMMA banner in 2017.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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