A new lightweight champion will be crowned Friday when Peter Queally and Patricky Pitbull meet at Bellator 270. The event is set to be the promotion’s return to the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, coming back to the venue for the first time since early 2020.
Here’s a full preview of the show.
Preliminary Card (2:00PM EDT / 6:00PM GMT) (Youtube)
Bout 1: Stephen Costello (0-0) vs. Yusu Nazokatov (0-0) (Welterweight)
A double debut will kick off the prelims, as welterweights Stephen Costello and Yusuf Nazokatov will fight.
Costello is turning pro after a seven-fight amateur run from 2017 to 2019. His campaign included four wins, with two of those victories in the 2019 IMMAF World Championships.
While some fight databases don’t have data on Nazokatov, there is footage of numerous fights from his amateur career, with some fights going back to nearly a decade ago.
Bout 2: Junior Morgan (3-0) vs. Darragh Kelly (0-0) (Lightweight)
Looking for his fourth pro win, Junior Morgan will meet pro newcomer Darragh Kelly on the prelims.
Morgan’s three wins all came from his rookie year as a pro in 2019. He has yet to go the distance as a pro, as all wins and come via finish (although one was due to a disqualification of his opponent).
While Kelly hasn’t fought as a pro before, he is coming off an amateur run that was incredibly successful. His amateur career saw him go undefeated, earning nine wins from 2017 to 2021.
Bout 3: Danni Neilan (4-0) vs. Audrey Kerouche (7-5) (Strawweight)
Undefeated strawweight Danni Neilan will return to Bellator when facing Audrey Kerouche this weekend.
Neilan’s first three pro bouts took place in Bellator, where she won two bouts via decision and secured a submission in the other appearance. She fought once since Bellator’s last appearance in Ireland, defeating Katharina Dalisda on a National Fighting Championship card three months back.
Kerouche will be appearing in Bellator for the first time. She took a loss in her last bout, getting stopped by Micol di Segni a year back.
Bout 4: Nicolo Solli (3-1) Vs. Bobby Pallett (5-0) (Welterweight)
Attempting to bounce back from his sole pro loss, Nicolo Solli will meet Bobby Pallett.
Solli last appeared a year ago, where George Hardwick scored a unanimous decision win over him. He had won his three pro bouts before then, including two stoppage victories in Bellator.
Pallett will test his undefeated record in Bellator for the first time. His five-fight pro career includes three appearances in notable European promotion Cage Warriors. He is coming off somewhat of a layoff, as his last win was in May 2019.
Bout 5: Gokhan Saricam (5-1) vs. Charlie Milner (7-1) (Heavyweight)
In the sole heavyweight bout of the card, Gokhan Saricam and Charlie Milner will fight.
Saricam earned his first Bellator win last time around, defeating Joffie Houlton within a round in 2020. He had taken his first pro loss in his Bellator debut the year before, getting submitted by Steve Mowry at Bellator 231.
Milner will be fighting to continue the momentum of a successful year. He has scored three finish victories this year alone, including a win as recent as just three months back.
Bout 6: Lee Chadwick (26-15-1) vs. Arunas Andriuskevicus (15-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Experienced fighter Lee Chadwick will return to the Bellator cage and face Arunas Adriuskevicus as part of Friday’s undercard.
Chadwick, an MMA veteran of over a decade, has fought four times in Bellator. He secured a submission win last time around, stopping Ederson Macedo with a second-round arm triangle choke last year.
Chadwick was expected to compete earlier this year in the U.S. against Simon Biyong, but that bout was later scrapped.
Andriuskevicus is currently on an impressive undefeated run that dates back to 2010. His last victory was his promotional debut for Bellator, defeating James Mulherone via doctor stoppage in early 2019.
Bout 7: Daniele Scatizzi (10-5) vs. Brian Hooi (16-7) (Lightweight)
Lightweights Daniele Scatizzi and Brian Hooi are scheduled to compete Friday.
Scatizzi took his first Bellator win last time around, catching Gavin Hughes in the second minute with a guillotine choke. He lost in his previous bout, dropping a unanimous decision to Alfie Davis the year before.
Hooi’s experienced MMA career will be making its first stop in Bellator. He has competed since 2013, fighting all around the world on the regional scene. He has most notably fought for promotions Brave CF and M-1 Challenge, although he has not been successful when appearing in those promotions.
Hooi’s last fight was a win, defeating Joe Cummins via decision in March 2020.
Bout 8: Ciaran Clarke (3-0) vs. Jordan Barton (6-1-1) (Featherweight)
Ciaran Clarke will put his undefeated record on the line Friday when facing Jordan Barton.
Clarke’s three pro bouts have all taken place in Bellator. While defeating somewhat inexperienced pros in his first two victories, he beat much more seasoned Jean N’Doye via decision last year.
Barton is fighting in Bellator for the first time. The Cage Warriors alum has been inactive for the past year. He returned to the win column in his last fight, defeating Matthew Camilleri in February 2020. That fight saw Barton end the undefeated run of Camilleri – and on Friday’s prelims he will have the chance to do that to another rising prospect.
Main Card (5:00PM EDT / 9:00PM GMT) (Showtime)
Bout 9: Ilias Bulaid (2-0) vs. Georges Sasu (5-1) (Featherweight)
The main card will kick off with a fight between undefeated featherweight Ilias Bulaid and Georges Sasu.
Bulaid made the transition from kickboxing to MMA in 2019, debuting for Bellator. After earning a first-round stoppage win in his 2019 debut, Bulaid returned in 2020 to defeat Diego Freitas at Bellator 240.
After fighting MMA debutants in his first two fights, Bulaid now faces six-fight vet Sasu. He is currently on a four-fight winning streak, along with one win over UFC fighter Aoriqileng, although he has not fought since 2018.
Bout 10: Daniel Weichel (41-12) vs. Pedro Carvalho (11-5) (Featherweight)
Pedro Carvalho will try to avoid falling into a three-fight losing streak when facing Daniel Weichel on Friday.
He had not taken a loss in Bellator before then, scoring four wins between 2018 and 2019.
Carvalho’s loss to Pitbull was part of the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix, which took place from 2019 to 2021. Weichel was also part of that tournament, getting eliminated in the quarter-finals by Emmanuel Sanchez last year.
He has since returned to his winning ways, handing Keoni Diggs his first pro loss in a split decision result in June.
Bout 11: James Gallagher (11-1) vs. Patchy Mix (14-1) (Bantamweight)
Bellator star James Gallagher will get a tough opponent in his return, facing Patchy Mix in Friday’s co-main event.
Gallagher has been a notable name in Bellator, having fought for them since 2016. He scored his fourth consecutive victory in October, defeating Cal Ellenor in the main event of a card in Italy.
Mix took his first pro loss last year, losing a title fight to Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision. He secured a submission win in his return earlier this year, submitting Albert Morales with an arm triangle choke.
Mix missed weight for the fight Thursday, coming in nearly two pounds over the bantamweight non-championship limit.
Bout 12: Peter Queally (13-5-1) vs. Patricky Pitbull (23-10) (Vacant Bellator Lightweight Championship)
Bellator will crown a new lightweight champion in Friday’s main event when Peter Queally and Patricky Pitbull fight in a rematch.
Friday’s card wasn’t originally set to be a lightweight title bout. However, after former two-division champion Patricio Pitbull vacated his belt, the bout was upgraded to championship status.
Queally and Pitbull first met in May, where a cut from an elbow from Queally earned him a second-round doctor stoppage win. The fight was his second win in Bellator, with the previous victory being a 2019 stoppage victory over Ryan Scope.
Pitbull was making his return to Bellator earlier this year. The fight against Queally in May was his first appearance after a three-fight stint in RIZIN. Representing Bellator, Pitbull fought in RIZIN’s Lightweight Grand Prix in 2019. After advancing past the first two rounds of the bracket, he lost in the finals to Tofiq Musayev on New Year’s Eve 2019.