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Bellator MMA is splitting up its upcoming card to air on various platforms.
The promotion put out a press release on Thursday announcing the official lineup for Bellator 248, which consists of 12 fights and two headliners. The first show, officially titled Bellator 248, will feature of four bouts topped by Michael Page vs. Ross Houston at a 175-pound catchweight. The event will then transition to the title of Bellator Paris, where it will relocate its broadcast for eight bouts ending with the Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson rematch.
The first set of matches will air on CBS Sports and Dazn for U.S.-based audiences, while it has been picked up for the first time by the BBC on the BBC iPlayer service. The four-fight Bellator 248 show as well as the Bellator Paris prelims will be shown on BBC iPlayer, but the last two fights of the night will not. The two-fight card of Kongo-Johnson and Saul Rogers vs. Arbi Mezhidov will move to Channel 5 in the UK.
With this release, the organization officially confirmed the loss of the Davy Gallon vs. Brian Hooi matchup, as news broke on Wednesday that Hooi tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, it was formalized that Melvin Manhoef will not be facing Simon Biyong on the card. Finally, the promotion has added a women’s flyweight affair between Maguy Berchel and Lucie Bertaud to the prelims.
The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT/4:30 p.m. UK, and it will then switch to YouTube at 1:45 p.m. ET/10:45 a.m. ET/6:45 p.m. UK for the prelims. The final main card will begin at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/10 p.m. UK with two bouts ending the night.
Bellator 248 Lineup:Michael Page vs. Ross Houston – 175-pound catchweight
Oliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel Dawa – welterweight
Ryan Scope vs. Alan Omer – 160-pound catchweight
Mads Burnell vs. Darko Banovic – featherweight
Bellator Paris Lineup:Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson – heavyweight
Saul Rogers vs. Arbi Mezhidov – featherweight
Terry Brazier vs. Yves Landu – lightweight
Ilias Bulaid vs. Ivan Naccari – lightweight
Dominique Wooding vs. Fabacary Diatta – featherweight
Maguy Berchel vs. Lucie Bertaud – women’s flyweight
Jean N'Doye vs. Ciaran Clarke – featherweight
Dylan Logan vs. William Gomis – featherweight