Bellator MMA has today confirmed the full fight card for Bellator Milan: Edwards vs. van Steenis, which will take place on Saturday 26th September at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy.
England’s Mike “Sea Bass” Shipman (13-3) will take on Italian Pietro “King Kong” Penini (9-1-1) on his home turf, in a 185-lb. bout that completes a thrilling, all-middleweight main card. Shipmanheads into the fight with a point to prove having lost his last two outings against Edwards and van Steenis respectively and will hope to return to winning ways with a dominant performance over Verona’s Penini.
Earlier this week, Bellator announced that Fabian “The Assassin” Edwards will meet Costello “The Spaniard” van Steenis in a hugely anticipated main event match-up, while Will “F’n” Fleury is set to face Kent “The Hammerhorn” Kauppinen to round out the evening’s three-fight main card.
Bellator Milan: Edwards vs. van Steenis, eventwill air LIVE at 10 p.m. BST on Channel 5 in the UK. In the U.S., the event will be streamed live on Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT.
Elsewhere, the preliminary card sees a host of Bellator’s finest UK, Irish and European fighters return to the cage.
SBG’s Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo (8-5), will look to bounce back from his defeat at the hands of U.S. fighter Ricky Bandejas as he takes on Bellator debutant Cory “Capcom” Tait (10-5) from Harrow, in what promises to be a fiery bantamweight clash. Mlambo’s SBG teammate meanwhile Danny Neilan (2-0) will be seeking a third professional win for her unblemished record, when she meet’s France’s Claire Lopez (4-2) in a women’s strawweight bout.
Also featuring on the card are the Hardwick brothers from Middlesbrough. George Hardwick (5-1)will look to build-on an impressive start to his Bellator career after cruising past Richard Kiely back in February, when he takes on Dublin’s undefeated Nicolo “The Monkey King” Solli (3-0)in a lightweight bout. Meanwhile Harry “Houdini” Hardwick (5-2) returns in a featherweight match-up against Irishman Richie Smullen (5-2-1).
Meanwhile, Alfie “The Axe Man” Davis (13-3), who trains alongside Shipman at London Shootfighters, will be looking to add another victory to his three-fight winning streak when he takes on Akonne “J3DI” Wanliss (4-1) from Birmingham in an all-English lightweight battle. Wanliss himself is riding a perfect record under the Bellator banner and will be targeting a third-straight win.
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Bellator Milan: Edwards vs. van Steenis Fight Card:
10 p.m. BST
Middleweight Main Event: Fabian Edwards (9-0) vs. Costello van Steenis (12-2)
Middleweight Co-Main Event: Mike Shipman (13-3) vs. Pietro Penini (9-1-1, 1 NC)
Middleweight Feature Bout: Will Fleury (7-3) vs. Kent Kauppinen (12-5)
Updated Preliminary Card:
Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel
Lightweight Bout: Nicolo Solli (3-0) vs. George Hardwick (5-1)
Welterweight Bout: Ion Pascu (18-10) vs. Stefano Paterno (13-3-1)
Lightweight Bout: Akonne Wanliss (4-1) vs. Alfie Davis (13-3)
Lightweight Bout: Daniele Scatizzi (9-5) vs. Gavin Hughes (10-1)
Featherweight Bout: Aidan Lee (8-4) vs. Jeremy Petley (13-8-1)
Bantamweight Bout: Frans Mlambo (8-5) vs. Cory Tait (10-5)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Luke Trainer (3-1) vs. Alex O’Toole (4-3-1, 1 NC)
Featherweight Bout: Richie Smullen (5-2-1) vs. Harry Hardwick (5-2)
Strawweight Bout: Chiara Penco (4-2) vs. Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova (2-1-1)
Strawweight Bout: Danni Neilan (2-0) vs. Claire Lopez (4-2)