For the second time in a little over two months Bellator MMA and BAMMA are holding a co-promoted event in Ireland, this time around from inside the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In the main event of the Bellator portion of the card, former light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary takes on the challenge of UK MMA veteran Brett McDermott who fills in for both Chris Fields and Vladimir Filipovic, both of whom were struck off the card for medical and visa reasons respectively.
All eyes inside the arena will be on SBG Ireland’s James Gallagher. The 20-year-old Strabane native will look to extend his unbeaten career record opposite Israel’s Kirill Medvedovsky. Gallagher’s SBG teammate Sinead ‘KO’ Kavanagh takes on Iony Razafiarison in the Bellator women’s bantamweight division.
Alex Lohore vs. Colin ‘Freakshow’ Fletcher and James McErlean vs. Shay Walsh makes up the rest of the card.
As for BAMMA 28, the headliner features a match-up between two of Ireland’s UFC veterans as Norman Parke and Paul Redmond square off in a lightweight clash. A win will claim the BAMMA lightweight title for Redmond, though due to missing weight by 0.8 pounds on Thursday only Redmond remains eligible to claim the title.
Elsewhere, BAMMA championships will be decided in the clashes between Andy Young vs. Dominique Wooding and Damien Lapilus against Ronnie Mann.
Bellator 173 – SSE ARENA, Belfast, Northern Ireland — 24th February 2017
Liam McGeary vs. Brett McDermott – McGeary wins via second round doctor stoppage (cut).
James Gallagher vs. Kirill Medvedovsky – Gallagher wins via first round Rear Naked Choke
Sinead Kavanagh vs. Iony Razafiarison – Razafiarison wins via unanimous decision
Alex Lohore vs. Colin Fletcher – Lohore wins via second round Rear Naked Choke
James McErlean vs. Shay Walsh – Walsh wins via unanimous decision
Norman Parke vs. Paul Redmond – Parke wins via majority decision. Due to him missing weight, the BAMMA lightweight title remains vacant.
Dominique Wooding vs. Andy Young – Young wins the BAMMA interim featherweight title via third round Rear Naked Choke
Damien Lapilus vs. Ronnie Mann – Lapilus wins the BAMMA featherweight title via Decision
Tim Barnett vs. Rhys McKee – Barnett wins the Lonsdale lightweight title via TKO (4.58 – Round 1)
Jonathan Brookins vs. Decky Dalton – Brookins def Dalton via Decision
Daniel Olejniczak vs. Jonathan Reid – Olejniczak def. Reid via TKO (1.47 – Round 1)
Niall Smith vs Daniel Rutkowski – Rutkowski def. Smith via TKO (2.16 – Round 3)
Paul Hughes vs. Adam Gustab – Hughes def. Gustab via TKO (1.32 – Round 1)
Will Fleury vs. Kyle McClurkin – Fleury def. McClurkin via TKO (2.49 – Round 1)
Andrew Murphy vs. Stephen Kilfin – Murphy def. Kilfin via TKO (4.58 – Round 1)
Keith McCabe vs. Glen Irvine – McCabe def. Irvine via Heel Hook Submission (0.39 – Round 1)