Bellator MMA closes out it’s global tour in Dublin, Ireland this Friday having been in Israel, Italy and England. And here are 6 reasons why you wont want to miss the Bellator 169!
Entering Bellatour 154 the mean machine Muhammed Lawal was undefeated after 7 but lost on a unanimous decision, and it hurt. After the fight Muhammed said: “One week they want this, and the next week they want this.There’s nothing really concrete as far as criteria. It is what it is.”
Ishii also comes off the back of a split decision loss, so it fair to say both these guys are fired up to change their losing ways.
Wrestling v Judo, this is going to be a war of attrition and we can’t wait
2. People’s Hero
In the MMA world in Ireland it doesn’t come much bigger than the promise around the young 19 year old James Gallagher. Teammates with Conor McGregor and un defeated after 1 fight, we wait to see if this kid has what it takes to be one of the greats.
The kid is displaying the same confidence / cockiness that his team mate possess but without the titles.
After the his last fight, Gallagher told MMAjunkie that he displayed only a quarter of his ability in that contest. The pressure will be on him to fully represent his skills in Dublin when he faces Taylor, who is coming off a first-round TKO win over Victor Jones at Bellator 154.
3. Road To Redemption
Quoting our friends at MMAjunkie “Since joining Bellator in 2014, Daniel Weichel has a single loss on his record; he fell short to then-featherweight champion, Patricio Freire via second-round knockout in June 2015. Since that defeat, Weichel has bested both Georgi Karakhanyan and Emmanuel Sanchez by decision.
If Weichel (37-9 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) wants another shot at Bellator gold, he’s going to have to get past late replacement Brian Moore (9-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who makes his Bellator debut in Dublin.
The danger in this matchup for Weichel – besides fighting an opponent with nothing to lose – is aggression, which was a contributing factor in his loss to Freire. With the champion hurt, Weichel moved in for the finish early in the second round, only to eat a left that ended the fight.
Moore enters this fight on a two-fight winning streak and recently earned a first-round TKO win over Mick Brennan at BAMMA 24.”
4. Badass Women Out For The Kill
Sinead Kavanagh and Elina Kallionidou are on show and it promises to be quite a show. Both undefeated but more interestingly both are strikers looking for the KO win (5 of their 8 fights have ended in a TKO). So this should be perhaps the most entertaining fight of the night and not one to be missed.
5. The Future
“At the top of the prelims, two-division BAMMA champion Duquesnoy (13-1 MMA) puts his bantamweight belt on the line against Philpott (16-8 MMA), the BAMMA Lonsdale bantamweight titleholder.
Duquesnoy, who also holds the BAMMA featherweight crown, added the 135-pound title to his trophy case in May when he stopped Shay Walsh in 75 seconds with a brutal elbow strike to the head. It was his second consecutive first-round knockout victory.
The 23-year-old Duquesnoy, who has been training at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA for the past two years, is a fast-paced and exciting fighter who, from all appearances, has a tremendous upside.
Philpott, 24, captured the vacant Lonsdale belt in February, defeating Nathaniel Wood via doctor’s stoppage TKO. In his first defense of that title, Philpott earned a unanimous-decision win over Aaron Blackwell at BAMMA 26. Philpott is a good grappler, but he’s not yet on Duquesnoy’s level when it comes to striking.
Whatever the result of this one, you’ll likely be hearing more from both of these fighters in the not too distant future.”
6. Bellator Girls…. Of course