Four Fights Announced for Bellator Dublin on September 23

Mads Burnell and Adam Borics, Bellator MMA
Mads Burnell and Adam Borics, Bellator 276 Credit: Bellator MMA

Bellator Dublin on September 23 continues to grow, with four more fights officially announced on Wednesday.

Among the additions to the card at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland is a previously reported featherweight match-up, featuring Pedro Carvalho (12-6) taking on Mads Burnell (16-4). Severe MMA first broke news of the pairing.

In addition, Irish lightweight prosecpt Darragh Kelly (1-0), a.k.a. the “Moville Mauler,” will face England’s Kye Stevens (3-1, 1NC). At featherweight, undefeated Irishman ​​Kenny “Black Diamond” Mokhonoana (3-0) takes on Slovakia’s Alex Bodnar (3-1), and finally, another 145-pound showdown features France’s Asaël Adjoudj (3-1) against Poland’s Adam Gustab (6-5).

Carvalho vs. Burnell, however, carries the most weight in terms of divisional relevance. Burnell is fresh off a decision loss to Adam Borics — a fight that nevertheless seemed to boost the Danish fighter’s stock. On a seven-fight winning streak prior to the setback, Burnell goes up against former title challenger Carvalho with the opportunity to get right back in the mix.

After amassing a two-fight losing streak during the pandemic, Portugal’s Carvalho got back in the win column back in November, defeating German featherweight vet Daniel Weichel. But earlier this month, he dropped a split decision to Piotr Niedzielski.

Bellator Dublin, set to unfold at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland on September 23, 2022, is expected to be headlined by a lightweight bout featuring Benson Henderson against Peter Queally. Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef also features. The following match-ups have been reported for the event:

  • Peter Queally vs. Benson Henderson
  • Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef
  • Brett Johns vs. James Gallagher
  • Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho
  • Ciaran Clarke vs. Georges Sasu
  • Brian Moore vs. Arivaldo Silva
  • Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kane Mousah
  • Darragh Kelly vs. Kye Stevens
  • Kenny Mokhonoana vs. Alex Bodnar
  • Asaël Adjoudj vs. Adam Gustab