BELLATOR EUROPEAN SERIES RETURNS— Bellator Europe (@Bellator_Europe) September 15, 2020
eptember - Edwards vs. Van Steenis
ctober - Gallagher vs. Ellenor
Both events take place in Milan, Italy and will be broadcast live on Channel 5 pic.twitter.com/54gzu4BShj
Bellator MMA is returning to Bel Paese with two early fall events.
On Tuesday morning, Bellator MMA announced the return of the Bellator European Series with events scheduled for Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 in Milan, Italy. The first of the two cards will be headlined by a middleweight meeting between Fabian Edwards and Costello van Steenis. The pair were supposed to clash in London back in May, but the COVID-19 outbreak forced the California-based organization to cancel the bill.
Edwards (9-0) has gathered a 4-0 record under the Bellator banner. In his latest cage appearance, he edged former BAMMA middleweight champion Mike Shipman in the co-main event of 2019's Bellator London card. Netherlands' van Steenis (12-2) suffered his first loss in Bellator when he faced John Salter at Bellator 233. Prior, he went on a six-bout winning streak with significant victories over Kevin Fryer and Chris Honeycutt.
The co-main event will feature a middleweight clash between Will Fleury (7-3) and Kent Kauppinen (12-5). Fleury, a SBG Ireland-representative, is looking to bounce back after suffering a defeat against Maciej Rozanski at EFM 3 back in June. Kauppinen is 2-3 in his latest cage appearances.
Bellator European Series 8 will go down Sept. 26, at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy. The card will also feature another 185-pound clash as Italy's Pietro Penini (9-1-1, 1NC) will lock horns with Mike Shipman (13-3).