Bellator announces full card for Sept. 26 Milan event

    The first of three upcoming Bellator shows in Italy has its lineup card filled.

    Thirteen fights are now official for the Sept. 26 show, which takes place at Allianz Cloud in Milan, the promotion announced via press release Thursday.

    In addition to the previously announced middleweight headliner of Fabian Edwards (9-0) vs. Costello van Steenis (12-2), the middleweight co-main event between Italy’s Pietro Penini (9-1-1, 1 NC) and Mike Shipman (13-3), and a main card middleweight matchup between Will Fleury (7-3) and Kent Kauppinen (12-5), 10 bouts have been made official for the event’s preliminary card.

    Notable names competing on the preliminary portion of the show include veteran welterweight Ion Pascu (18-10), who fights Stefano Paterno (13-3-1), standout bantamweights Frans Mlambo (8-5) and Cory Tait (10-5), and The Ultimate Fighter 27 alumnus Richie Smullen (5-2-1), who fights Harry Hardwick (5-2).

    Bellator Milan will air live on Channel 5 in the U.K. and stream live on Bellator MMA’s YouTube channel in the U.S.

    Allianz Cloud will also host Bellator shows on Oct. 1 and Oct. 3. No fans will be in attendance for these events due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    See the full card below:

    Main Card

    Fabian Edwards vs. Costello van Steenis

    Mike Shipman vs. Pietro Penini

    Will Fleury vs. Kent Kauppinen


    Nicolo Solli vs. George Hardwick

    Ion Pascu vs. Stefano Paterno

    Akonne Wanliss vs. Alfie Davis

    Daniele Scatizzi vs. Gavin Hughes

    Aidan Lee vs. Jeremy Petley

    Frans Mlambo vs. Cory Tait

    Luke Trainer vs. Alex O’Toole

    Richie Smullen vs. Harry Hardwick

    Chiara Penco vs. Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova

    Danni Neilan vs. Claire Lopez

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