BATTLE OF TOP-TEN FEATHERWEIGHTS ADDED TO MAIN CARD OF BELLATOR’S RETURN TO DUBLINWHEN NO. 3-RANKED MADS BURNELL FACES NO. 6-RANKED PEDRO CARVALHO
BELLATOR DUBLIN ON SEPTEMBER 23 AT 3ARENA ALSO SEES THREE ADDITIONAL ALL-EUROPEAN MATCHUPS ADDED TO PRELIMINARY CARD
LOS ANGELES — BELLATOR MMA today announced the inclusion of four additional fights to the talent-stacked BELLATOR Dublin: Henderson vs. Queally event slated to take place on Friday, September 23 from 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
The event airs live in the U.S. on SHOWTIME beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, while the preliminary card airs live on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT.
The main card will now also feature a top-ten featherweight tilt as No. 4-ranked Mads Burnell (16-4 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) of Denmark takes on No. 6-ranked contender Pedro “The Game” Carvalho (12-6 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) of Ireland in a high-stakes, fan-friendly affair.
Joining the preliminary portion of the card are three matchups, including a lightweight bout between unbeaten Irish prospect Darragh “Moville Mauler” Kelly (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and England’s Kye Stevens (3-1, 1 NC MMA), a featherweight matchup between undefeated Irishman Kenny “Black Diamond” Mokhonoana (3-0 MMA) and Slovakia’s Alex Bodnar (3-1 MMA), and a second 145-pound clash between French standout Asaël “The Sultan” Adjoudj (3-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Poland’s Adam Gustab (6-5 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).
Ranked third in arguably BELLATOR’s deepest division, Mads Burnell, 28, has established himself as one of the most talented contenders at featherweight since signing in 2020. The former Cage Warriors champion rattled off three straight wins over Darko Banović, Saul Rogers, and Emmanuel Sanchezbefore being narrowly outpointed by Ádám Borics in a highly technical contest earlier this year. A dominant grappler, Burnell will look to return to the win column against Carvalho as he looks to solidify his status as a top title contender for Patricio Pitbull’s crown.
No. 6-ranked featherweight contender Pedro Carvalho, 26, will relish the opportunity to fight in his adopted home of Dublin, Ireland. The SBG Ireland product is a potent submission threat, notching half of his professional victories by way of submission. Carvalho sees in a matchup with Burnell an opportunity to turn his recent fortunes around and crack the elusive featherweight top-five in front of a raucous hometown crowd on September 23.
Darragh Kelly, 24, joined the BELLATOR roster earlier this year on the strength of one of the most impressive amateur records in recent memory. The undefeated Irishman has an impeccable 100% finishing rate, and the SBG Ireland product will look to extend his finish and win streaks against Kye Stevens in front of what promises to be a hugely favorable Dublin audience.
Kye Stevens, 23, will look to silence the Dublin crowd by handing Darragh Kelly his first career defeat on September 23. The Englishman brings with him a strong 3-1, 1 NC record into his BELLATOR debut, and he has developed a reputation on the U.K. regional scene for putting on exciting, fan-friendly fights.
Another unbeaten Irish prospect,Kenny Mokhonoana (3-0), will make his BELLATOR debut at BELLATOR 285. The 25-year-old has a 100% finishing rate since turning professional in 2021, with all three of his victories coming by way of submission. “Black Diamond” will look to continue his winning ways in what promises to be a thrilling BELLATOR debut.
Looking to spoil Mokhonoana’s promotional debut is Slovakian-Englishman Alex Bodnar (4-1), 28. Representing GYM 01 in Portsmouth, England, Bodnar enters the BELLATOR cage for the first time with a 4-1 record. He sports a 50% finish rate replete with both a submission and a knockout win.
One half of the final addition to the BELLATOR 285 preliminary card is French featherweight standout Asaël Adjoudj, 23. The SBG Ireland product has the length, at six feet tall, to be a problem at 145 pounds, and he has notched three wins since a contentious split-decision loss in his professional debut in 2020.
Adam Gustab, 32, will enter the BELLATOR cage for the third time in his career on September 23 in search of his first win under the promotion’s banner. Like his opponent Adjoudj, Gustab has won back-to-back fights. The Polish fighter, who fights out of Belfast, Ireland, will look to keep his success going at BELLATOR 285.
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BELLATOR DUBLIN: HENDERSON VS. QUEALLY MAIN CARD:
SHOWTIME (U.S.) | BBC Three & BBC iPlayer (U.K.) | Virgin Media (IRELAND)
Friday, September 23 – 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Lightweight Bout: #3-Benson Henderson (29-11)vs. #5-Peter Queally (13-6)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1) vs. #8-Yoel Romero (14-6)
Bantamweight Bout: #7-James Gallagher (11-2) vs. Brett Johns (18-3)
Featherweight Bout: #3-Mads Burnell (16-4) vs. #6-Pedro Carvalho (12-6)
BELLATOR DUBLIN: HENDERSON VS. QUEALLY PRELIMINARY CARD:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV (US)
BBC iPlayer (UK) | Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)
12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
Featherweight Bout: Ciaran Clarke (5-0) vs. Georges Sasu (5-2)
Bantamweight Bout: Brian Moore (14-9) vs. Arivaldo Lima da Silva (19-10)
Lightweight Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (31-13-1) vs. Kane Mousah (13-4)
Lightweight Bout: Darragh Kelly (1-0) vs. Kye Stevens (3-1, 1 NC)
Featherweight Bout: Kenny Mokhonoana (3-0) vs. Alex Bodnar (4-1)
Featherweight Bout: Asael Adjoudj(3-1) vs. Adam Gustab (6-5)
Updated schedule of BELLATOR MMA events
Fri. Jun. 24 // BELLATOR 282: Mousasi vs. Eblen // Mohegan Sun Arena // Uncasville, CT, USA
Fri. Sept. 23 // BELLATOR DUBLIN: Henderson vs. Queally // 3Arena // Dublin, Ireland