Bellator 240 – Main Card Preview

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This weekend we turn our attention to an MMA doubleheader. After Friday’s Bellator 239 show in Oklahoma, the attention turns to Dublin on Saturday, Feb 22. The focus of the evening is split between a three-fight Bellator Dublin main card and a five-fight 240 affair.

Brent Primus v Chris Bungard

Scotland’s bad boy, Chris Bungard, steps in on a week’s notice to take this bout. He’ll go up against former champ Brent Primus, as he looks to make another challenge towards collecting gold. Primus was originally scheduled to take on Irishman Peter Quelly. Unfortunately, an injury prevented this matchup from happening and presents Bungard with a huge opportunity.

Brent Primus (9-1) competed just once in 2019 after two tough contests with Michael Chandler saw him take one victory from two. Primus’s win came in May of 2019 in Birmingham when he picked up a round 1 gogoplata submission victory v Tim Wilde.

Chris Bungard (15-5) looks to cause an upset in Dublin stepping in on short notice. The Scotsman will come in confident believing he can take his chance. Bungard has been fairly active. He entered the Bellator Octagon three times in 2019. He went (2-1), with two wins over Terry Brazier and Benjamin Brander in the first round via rear-naked choke. If the neck presents itself best believe Bungard will snatch it.

Kiefer Crosbie v Iamik Furtado

Kiefer Crosbie (7-1) professional mixed martial arts career has been almost perfect so far competing in Bamma and Bellator. In Crosbie’s mind, he’s still undefeated, technically not being beat by the better man. His only loss came via disqualification via illegal knee v Mike Jackson at Bellator 224. Since then, Crosbie has bounced back on track with his last win coming in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland by unanimous decision v Hugo Pereira.

Iamik Furtado (6-2) has a real tough test ahead of him. Not only is Furtado making his Bellator debut, but he’s also fighting in one of the most hostile crowds in MMA. Ireland fans are known for supporting their own and making noise. The enemy territory may be a test for the African. Furtado was last in competition in May of 2019 suffering his second loss as a professional when being caught by a triangle choke in the first round.

Bec Rawlings v Elina Kallionidou

Bec Rawlings (7-9) has had a tough run over the last few years. Rawlings has failed to pick up a win in a mixed martial arts competition since 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85. Since then, she’s taken four losses in a row to names such as Paige VanZant, Tecia Torres, Jessica-Rose Clark and Ashlee Evans-Smith. That called the end of Rawlings UFC career as she turned to Bare Knuckle boxing and having success there taking 3 wins out of 3. However, in 2019, Rawlings’ Bellator debut didn’t go to plan as she was submitted by Ilara Joanne at Bellator 231.

Elina Kallionidou (7-3) signed for Bellator back in 2016 but things didn’t turn out as planned. Kallionidou opened her Bellator career with two losses to Sinead Kavanagh and Anastasia Yankova. Since then, Kallionidou then focussed her attention on competing on shows in China and Poland and racking up her win column. Both parties then met again as Kalliondiou made her third Bellator appearance in July of 2019, taking her third Bellator loss to Bruna Ellen.

Both fighters are desperate for a win. This will make for a close matchup.

Ricky Bandejas v Frans Mlambo

Ricky Bandejas (12-3) comes to Dublin to take on Frans Mlambo. Something tells me Bandejas won’t be too popular among the Irish fans after his round 1 knock out of James Gallagher In 2018. Fight fans thought Bandejas would go on a tear up after that massive win. Bandejas seemed to lack consistency after the Gallagher matchup suffering two losses to Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix. Back to the drawing board it was and it seemed to work, finishing his 2019 off with a beautiful knock out win v Ahmet Kayretli.

Frans Mlambo (8-4) professional career has started off with a bang collecting two wins from two over Nathan Greyson and Dominique Wooding. Mlambo has welcomed tough competition, previously competing in Brave but in a sold-out 3Arena in Dublin against opposition like Ricky Bandjeas, this may be his toughest test to date.

Oliver Enkamp v Lewis Long

Oliver Enkamp (8-2) is hopeful of starting his 2020 with an important win. The 28-year-old Swede has been unfortunate, winning his ticket to the UFC in 2017/18 but taking back-to-back losses to Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts saw him see a short spell inside the promotion. Given the chance with Bellator in June last year, Enkamp made sure there were no slips up finishing Walter Gahadza in the first.

Lewis Long (17-5) had a successful Bellator debut towards the end of the year when he finished Walter Gahadza in the first via rear-naked choke. With 8 of Long’s 17 wins coming from a rear-naked choke. The highly experienced Welshman is not somebody you want taking your back.


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