Bellator continues to roll out a robust 2023 calendar. The promotion introduced Bellator Paris, headlined by Gegard Mousasi vs. Fabian Edwards, is about to happen on the Accor Arena on Friday, May 12.
Mousasi and Edwards are amongst Bellator’s prime middleweights, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. The card marks Mousasi’s first look since dropping the Bellator middleweight championship to Johnny Eblen final June. A veteran who has competed at a excessive degree in Bellator, Dream, Pride, Strikeforce and UFC, Mousasi enters his twentieth yr as knowledgeable combined martial artist.
Edwards may earn himself a title shot with a convincing win over the previous champion. A call loss to Austin Vanderford probably value him a shot at Mousasi when the Dutch fighter nonetheless had the title. The Englishman bounced again with a surprising KO of Lyoto Machida and a call win over Charlie Ward in 2022. A world title is inside attain for Edwards as he tries to duplicate the success of his brother, UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards.
The co-main occasion options a gap spherical matchup within the Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix between Mansour Barnaoui and Sidney Outlaw. Barnaoui returns house to France contemporary off a second-round submission win over Adam Piccolotti in his promotional debut final October. Outlaw (No. 5) is in want of retribution after being knocked out by fellow Grand Prix participant Tofiq Musayev in lower than 30 seconds.
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