As the world continues to slowly open up in areas where the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is subsiding, Bellator is looking to get back on the road.
Following the announcement of California and South Dakota shows stateside, multiple sources speaking on condition of anonymity have confirmed to Cageside Press that the promotion is targeting a November 5 date in Ireland featuring James Gallagher vs. Patchy Mix.
MMA Junkie was first to report the news.
While still in the works, the bout is expected to take place in the promotion’s return to Dublin’s 3Arena. Bellator last visited the site in February of 2020, with Bellator 240/Bellator Dublin 2 taking place at the venue.
Gallagher (11-1), a teammate of Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland, has been one of the promotion’s most bankable stars on the European side. The bantamweight has won four straight, most recently submitting Cal Ellenor via rear-naked choke this past October.
“The StrabAnimal” has found the finish in three out of his past four fights.
Patrick “Patchy” Mix (14-1) is looking to work his way back to a title shot at 135lbs. “No Love” came up short against Juan Archuleta with the vacant bantamweight title on the line in September 2020. He bounced back with a win over Albert Morales in May, a fight where Gallagher was the original opponent. The Irish fighter was forced to withdraw, however.
A fight at home in Ireland should be that much bigger. No other bouts have been reported to date for the November 5 event.