LOS ANGELES – Leading global mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA has today confirmed the scheduled bout order for the dual broadcast of this Saturday's event from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. Bellator London, a Bellator European Series Event, will stream live on the Bellator app in the U.S at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT, while the portion of the card billed as Bellator 223 will air as a delayed broadcast on Paramount Network, and simulcast on DAZN, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Headlining the live Bellator London broadcast is a middleweight title bout between MMA legend Gegard Mousasiand the undefeated American, Rafael Lovato Jr. Mousasi, who joined Bellator from the UFC in 2017, will step out at The SSE Arena, Wembley with 53 professional MMA bouts to his name, as well as the Bellator middleweight belt. Lovato Jr. has fought professionally just nine times but with a 100% winning record will be confident that he is the man to take the title from Mousasi and make it a perfect 10 in the process.
Topping the broadcast of Bellator 223 are welterweights Paul "Semtex" Daley and Erick Silva. Nottingham's Daley returns to British soil with plans to entertain the London crowd once again, following a razor-thin decision loss to Michael Page earlier this year. Standing in the way of his 41st professional win is Brazilian veteran Silva, who will be hoping to silence the British crowd.
Gallagher is arguably one of the brightest prospects in the bantamweight division and a win will further cement his position as a serious contender to new bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi.
Rounding out the three-hour Bellator 223 card will be three middleweight contests, as Fabian Edwardstakes on Jonathan Bosuku, Mike Shipman battles Costello van Steenis, and Charlie Ward faces off againstJustin Moore.
This event will also feature a number of preliminary bouts which will be available to watch live on the Bellator app at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT.
Bellator London (Live on the Bellator app)
*5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT*
Middleweight World Title Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1, 2 NC) vs. Kent Kauppinen (11-4)
160-lb. Catchweight Bout: Aaron Chalmers (4-1) vs. Fred Freeman (2-2)
Bellator 223: Daley vs Silva - Paramount Network broadcast (Delayed & simulcast on DAZN)
*9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT*
Welterweight Feature Bout: Paul Daley (40-17-2) vs. Erick Silva (20-10, 1 NC)
140-lb. Catchweight Bout: James Gallagher (8-1) vs. Jeremiah Labiano (12-6).
Middleweight Bout: Fabian Edwards (7-0) vs. Jonathan Bosuku (7-4)
Middleweight Bout: Mike Shipman (13-1) vs. Costello van Steenis (11-1)
Middleweight Bout: Charlie Ward (6-3) vs. Justin Moore (7-3)
PreliminaryFight Card (Live on the Bellator app)
*11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT*
Welterweight Bout: Walter Gahadza (18-3) vs. Oliver Enkamp (7-2)
Women's Flyweight Bout: Denise Kielholtz (2-2) vs. Bryony Tyrell (4-3-1)
Lightweight Bout: Chris Bungard (14-4) vs. Charlie Leary (15-10-1)
Women's Flyweight Bout: Kate Jackson (10-3-1) vs. Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5, 1 NC)
161-lb. Catchweight Bout: Terry Brazier (10-2) vs. Alessandro Botti (15-9)
Featherweight Bout: Nathan Rose (7-1) vs. Luke Ord (7-2-1)
Lightweight Bout: Alfie Davis (11-3) vs. Jorge Kanella (8-7, 1 NC)
Welterweight Bout: Justin Burlinson (4-0) vs. Wendle Lewis (8-4)
Welterweight Bout: Galore Bofando (5-3) vs. Kevin McCabe (3-3-1)
Middleweight Bout: Kevin Fryer (6-3)vs. John Redmond (7-13)
Bantamweight Bout: Nathan Greyson (6-3) vs. Frans Mlambo (6-4)
*Card subject to change.
Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing promotion featuring many of the best athletes in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming platform in the world. Since launching in 2016, DAZN had expanded across four continents with the service available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, and Brazil. DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, no bundles, just affordable access to all the service's sports on connected devices including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The platform features more than 100 fight nights per year from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas. DAZN also features live MLB action each day of the season with its new daily show, ChangeUp.
About Paramount Network:
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.
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