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Benson Henderson to meet Myles Jury in Bellator 227 headliner

It didn’t take long for Myles Jury to land himself a high-profile fight in Bellator.

Less than a week after it was announced that the 12-fight UFC veteran had joined the promotion, Jury (17-4) is scheduled to meet former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (27-8) in the main event of Bellator 227 on Sept. 27, which takes place in Dublin, Ireland. MMA Fighting confirmed the bout with officials after Jury made the announcement to ESPN.

A previously announced bantamweight matchup between James Gallagher (9-1) and Cal Ellenor(8-2) has been given headliner status on the Bellator Dublin card that takes place on the same day. Similar to how the recent Bellator London/Bellator 223 card had a double headliner of Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. and Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva and was broadcast through multiple outlets, Bellator Dublin/Bellator 227 will follow a similar schedule.

The Bellator Dublin card will also air on Sept. 27 with the prelims and main card (featuring Gallagher-Ellenor as well as a previously announced welterweight bout between Michael Page andRichard Kiely) on the Bellator app. The Bellator 227 portion will air on tape delay in the U.S. on Paramount Network and the DAZN streaming service and will feature the Henderson-Jury fight.

After starting his pro career 15-0, Jury lost four of his last six fights in the UFC before parting ways with the promotion. He will be returning to lightweight after competing at 145 pounds in his last four appearances.

Henderson is currently on a three-fight win streak, most recently earning a split nod over Adam Piccolotti. He is 4-3 in the Bellator cage, including failed bids for the promotion’s lightweight and welterweight titles.
See the updated card for the Sept. 27 Bellator event below:

Bellator Dublin Main Card (Bellator app)
James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely
Ryan Scope vs. Peter Queally

Bellator 227 (Paramount Network, DAZN - on tape delay in the U.S.)
Benson Henderson vs. Myles Jury
Brandon Girtz vs. Paul Redmond
Leah McCourt vs. Kerry Hughes

Preliminaries (Bellator app)
Brian Moore vs. Toby Misech
Lee Chadwick vs. Karl Moore
Frans Mlambo vs. Dominique Wooding
Philip Mulpeter vs. Keith McCabe
Richie Smullen vs. Sean Tobin
Dylan Logan vs. Adam Gustab
Ian Coughlan vs. Constantin Gnusariev
Camila Rivarola vs. Danni Neilan


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Kickboxing champion Ilias Bulaid set for MMA debut at Bellator Dublin

Decorated kickboxing champion Ilias Bulaid will compete in MMA for the first time when he takes on Vitalic Maiboroda on the preliminary card of Bellator Dublin on Sept. 27 at the 3 Arena.

Bellator confirmed the featherweight clash to MMA Fighting on Friday.

Bulaid has been training in SBG Ireland for some time and is the current Enfusion world champion at 67 kilos (147 pounds) and was a runner-up in the K-1 2016 world tournament, which was contested at 65 kilos (143 pounds). At just 24 years old, the Dutch kickboxer boasts an incredible striking record of 157-9-2, with 53 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

Maiboroda hails from Ukraine, but fights out of Mad Dog Muay Thai Camp in Kiato, Greece. A Muay Thai fighter, “Iron Head” is decorated on the international scene, but will compete for the first time in MMA at the Dublin event.


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Charlie Ward vs. Pietro Penini targeted for Bellator 227
If all goes according to plan, Conor McGregor training partner Charlie Ward will be fighting at home once again. The SBG Ireland product is currently being targeted to take on Italy’s Pietro Penini in a middleweight matchup at Bellator 227 in Dublin.

Wednesday, a promotion official confirmed to MMA Junkie the booking is being “targeted,” but is not finalized at this time. Fansided MMA was the first to report the bout.

Bellator 227 will take place Friday, Sept. 27 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The event will simulcast on tape delay in the U.S. on Paramount and DAZN. The Bellator Europe 4 portion of the card will stream live in the U.S. on MMA Junkie.
[DOUBLEPOST=1565272224,1565272189][/DOUBLEPOST]Blaine O’Driscoll vs. Jake Hadley booked for Bellator Dublin
Two flyweight champions are set to face off at Bellator Dublin on Sept. 27 at the 3 Arena as WWCF champion Blaine O’Driscoll meets EFC champion Jake Hadley.

Bellator confirmed the flyweight bout to MMA Fighting on Thursday.

O’Driscoll (7-2-0) is coming off his title capture in the Ukraine when he stopped highly touted champion Teimur Rahimov in the third round via rear-naked choke. The well-rounded SBG proponent will make his Bellator debut on the night, having previously campaigned under the BAMMA banner. O’Driscoll was on the verge of fighting for the Cage Warriors flyweight title last year before former champion Nathan Greyson’s 11th-hour withdrawal.

Hadley (4-0-0) is coming off his EFC title winning performance over celebrated African fighter, Nkazimulo Zulu, which he secured just 14 months into his professional career. “White Kong” debuted as a pro in February 2018 on the back of a considerable amateur run. As well as his win over Zulu, the British fighter has claimed wins over Daryl Grant, Adrian Molenda and Reece Street. Hadley is also set for his Bellator debut when he faces O’Driscoll.


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Bellator 227/Bellator Europe 4 weigh-in results: Misses in both headliners, but fights carry on
MMA Junkie was on scene and reporting live from Thursday’s early and official Bellator 227/Bellator Europe 4 fighter weigh-ins, where two headliners missed the targeted mark.

The early weigh-ins took place at the Bellator host hotel in Dublin and preceded the ceremonial weigh-ins, which take place at noon ET.

Bellator 227/Bellator Europe 4 takes place Friday at 3Arena in Dublin. The Bellator 227 main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN via tape delay following live prelims on MMA Junkie. The Bellator Europe 4 main card streams on the Bellator app.

Among those weighing in were former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (27-8 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) and Myles Jury (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who meet in one main event. Jury came in just over the non-title allowance for a lightweight bout at 156.2 pounds, but the contest was allowed to on as scheduled with no fine for “Fury.”

In the other headliner, James Gallagher (9-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) meets Roman Salazar (13-9 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in what was expected to be a 140-pound catchweight fight. Salazar was severely heavy at 145.4 pounds, but Gallagher agreed to take the bout as a featherweight contest, according to Bellator officials, and the bout will go on as scheduled. Salazar pays 20 percent of his purse to Gallagher.
The full Bellator 227/Bellator Europe 4 weigh-in results include:

BELLATOR 227 MAIN CARD (Paramount, DAZN, 9 p.m. ET via tape delay)

  • Benson Henderson (156) vs. Myles Jury (156.2)*
  • Kiefer Crosbie (163.8) vs. Hugo Pereira (164.8)
  • Will Fleury (186) vs. Norbert Novenyi (185.6)
  • Leah McCourt (145.8) vs. Kerry Hughes (145)
  • Frans Mlambo (135) vs. Dominique Wooding (135.6)
BELLATOR EUROPE 4 MAIN CARD (Bellator app, MMA Junkie, 5 p.m. ET)

  • James Gallagher (139.8) vs. Roman Salazar (145.4)#
  • Richard Kiely (171) vs. Michael Page (170.6)
  • Peter Queally (168.4) vs. Ryan Scope (170)

  • Danni Neilan (115.5) vs. Camila Rivarola (115.6)
  • Ciaran Clarke (146) vs. George Courtney (144.6)
  • Richie Smullen (144.8) vs. Sean Tobin (145)
  • Patrik Pietila (155.4) vs. Ryan Roddy (154.8)
  • Ilias Bulaid (145.4) vs. Vitalic Maiboroda (146)
  • Lee Chadwick (206) vs. Karl Moore (205.8)
  • Keith McCabe (168.6) vs. Philip Mulpeter (170.2)
  • Jake Hadley (125.6) vs. Blaine O’Driscoll (124.8)
  • Adam Gustab (145.6) vs. Dylan Logan (145.5)
  • Ian Coughlan (170.4) vs. Constantin Gnusariev (167)
* Jury missed weight by 0.2 pounds, but the bout will go on as scheduled with no fine issued
# Salazar missed weight by 5.4 pounds, but the bout will go on as scheduled with 20 percent fine issued and awarded to Gallagher

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