Bellator Dublin Update; Kavanagh vs. McCourt official; Moore, Clarke added

One of the biggest fights in Irish Mixed Martial Arts history was officially added to the Bellator 275 card which is set to take place in the 3Arena Dublin on February 25th.

A women’s featherweight showdown between #5 ranked Sinead Kavanagh (7-5) and #4 ranked Leah McCourt (6-1) was officially announced on Thursday after Pete Carroll first reported the news which SevereMMA confirmed.

The featherweight clash adds some extra spice to an already stacked card which is set to feature a host of Irish talent. On Wednesday, SevereMMA’s Sean Sheehan broke the news that “The Pikeman”, Brian Moore (14-8) was set to return to home soil to take on undefeated Jornel Lugo (7-0) who is ranked at #9 in the bantamweight division, a fight which Bellator have now also officially announced.

Also announced in the press release today was another featherweight showdown between Ciaran Clarke (5-0), who looks to remain undefeated when he steps in against Abou Tounkara (7-2) in a mouth watering affair. Clarke joins fellow SBGHQ stablemate Danni McCormack (5-0) as she is set to face off against Stephanie Page (5-3) in the strawweight division. A fight which was all set to go down at the last Dublin event but fell apart at the midnight hour is marked down for a second time, Junior Morgan (3-0) will welcome SBGHQ lightweight Darragh Kelly to the professional ranks. His teammate, Nathan Kelly (3-2) will make his first appearance under the Bellator banner when he steps in to take on Scott Pedersen (1-2) in the 145-pound division.

Bellator 275 takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin on February 25th and will be headlined by the Bellator middleweight title fight between Gegard Mousasi and Austin Vanderford. The card, as it stands, can be seen below.

BELLATOR 275: MOUSASI VS. VANDERFORD MAIN CARD:

Middleweight World Title Main Event: #C-Gegard Mousasi (48-7, 2 NC) vs. #1-Austin Vanderford (11-0)

Lightweight Bout: #5Peter Queally (13-6, 1 NC) vs. Kane Mousah (13-4)

Women’s Featherweight Bout: #5-Sinead Kavanagh (7-5)vs. #4Leah McCourt (6-1)

Bantamweight Bout: Brian Moore (14-8) vs. #9-Jornel Lugo (7-0)

BELLATOR 275: MOUSASI VS. VANDERFORD PRELIMINARY CARD:

Bantamweight Bout: Brett Johns (17-3) vs. Khurshed Kakhorov (8-0)

Lightweight Bout: Charlie Leary (17-11-1) vs. Davy Gallon (19-7-2)

Featherweight Bout: Ciaran Clarke (4-0) vs. Abou Tounkara (7-2)

Middleweight Bout: #5-Fabian Edwards (9-2) vs. Marian Dimitrov (10-2)

Welterweight Bout: Stefano Paterno (13-4-1) vs. Luca Poclit (6-1)

Strawweight Bout: Danni McCormack (5-0) vs. Stephanie Page (5-3)

Lightweight Bout: Junior Morgan (3-0) vs. Darragh Kelly (Pro Debut)

Featherweight Bout: Scott Pedersen (1-2) vs. Nathan Kelly (3-2)

Ian O'Neill is a Kilkenny man living in Canada. You can catch him on Twitter most of the time talking all things MMA. Follow me on Twitter and on Instagram @ioneillmma.