Two Number One Contender Bouts Land on Bellator 302 in Belfast

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James Gallagher, Bellator Europe 9 Credit: Bellator MMA/Lucas Noonan

Now under the PFL’s ownership, Bellator MMA will continue to march on, with its first show of eight planned events in 2024 arriving on March 22, 2024 in Belfast, Ireland.

Headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Corey Anderson and Karl Moore, Bellator 302 has now added several more match-ups, including a pair of number one contender fights.

News of the bookings was announced via press release on Tuesday. In the middleweight division, recent title challenger Fabian Edwards (12-3) will look to earn a second shot at gold when he takes on Canada’s Aaron Jeffery’s (14-4).

Edwards came up short against Johnny Eblen last year, with Eblen retaining his 185lb title. The champ will now face Impa Kasanganay as part of the PFL Champions vs. Bellator Champions card later this month,

Jeffery is 3-1 in Bellator with his lone loss coming to ex-title challenger and UFC vet John Salter. He holds wins over Austin Vanderford and Dalton Rosta.

The second title eliminator set for Bellator 302 in Belfast sees Ireland’s James Gallagher (12-2) take on another Canadian in Jeremy Kennedy (19-3) at featherweight. Kennedy has won three straight, while Gallagher has notched wins in five of his last six fights.

With Tuesday’s announcements, the Bellator 302 card at the SSE Arena Belfast on March 22 now features the following match-ups:

  • Corey Anderson vs. Karl Moore — for the vacant Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship
  • Leah McCourt vs. Sinead Kavanagh
  • Fabian Edwards vs. Aaron Jeffery — middleweight number one contender bout
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs James Gallagher —  featherweight number one contender bout
  • Tim Wilde vs. Manoel Sousa
  • Ciaran Clarke vs. Darius Mafi
  • Tofiq Musayev Alfie Davis
  • Nathan Kelly vs. Vikas Singh Ruhil
  • Abraham Bably vs. Isaiah Pinson