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Bellator to reach to Belfast in March with gentle heavyweight title fight

Belfast native Karl Moore will self-discipline for the promotion’s vacant gentle heavyweight title in March, it has been reported. 

The March 22 tournament in Northern Ireland shall be the organisation’s first tournament since its acquire by the PFL remaining yr and can aloof feature Moore facing off with Corey Anderson for the title no longer too lengthy ago vacated by Vadim Nemkov, who has moved north the heavyweight fold. A venue has yet to be confirmed but it absolutely stands to cause that the SSE Arena, which has a capability of above 10,000, shall be the likely preference. Ariel Helwani was as soon as the well-known to document the news.

The tournament shall be the well-known Bellator card held in Belfast since a February 2017 show conceal headlined by the frail gentle heavyweight champion, Liam McGeary, who took on Brett McDermott in a catchweight bout after long-established opponent Chris Fields withdrew because of injury.

Anderson, a frail UFC fighter, is 17-6 in his professional career and was as soon as most no longer too lengthy ago considered winning a split resolution in opposition to Phil Davis remaining summer season. The bout shall be his third shot at the Bellator 205-pound title in his remaining four fights, after a no-contest and a defeat to Nemkov — both occurring in 2022.

Moore, in the period in-between, is a frail Cage Warriors heavyweight champion and has gained every his remaining four bouts (12-2 total), including a formidable function of the skilled Karl Albrektsson in Dublin in September 2022.

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