THE BELLATOR CARD IS UNREAL!
Some MMA cards rely heavily on a big main event and fill the rest of the card with smaller, uninteresting bouts – but this is definitely not the case for Bellator MMA Birmingham! The bill looks so, so good with some huge clashes ready to take place at Resorts World Arena! Get the lowdown on what you can expect this May!
The event will be headlined by an exciting lightweight bout between former Bellator world champion Brent Primus (8-1) and Tim “The Experiment” Wilde (12-3) and will be the second instalment of six scheduled Bellator European Fight Series events set to take place throughout the UK and Europe in 2019.
American fighter Primus (8-1), who fights out of Eugene, Oregon, has a near-perfect record. Making his professional MMA debut in September 2010, Primus enjoyed an eight-fight undefeated streak, including six successive wins under Bellator and earning the world title with a win over current titleholder Michael Chandler. Primus is aiming to get back on track and rediscover the formidable skill which saw him make such an impressive start to his career.
Wilde (12-3) meanwhile, who fights out of Cannock, will make his Bellator debut on the night and will be looking to put on a show in front of an expectant Birmingham crowd. Wilde who joins Bellator MMA from Golden Ticket Fight Promotions, is currently enjoying a three-fight win streak and will be looking to make that four on the bounce when he steps into the Bellator cage for the first time. The former BAMMA and Cage Warriors veteran, known for his explosive striking style, has six knockout victories to his name during his career.
But as well as this huge hard hitting main event, we've also got a main card and a set of preilims which are HUGE!
Lightweight Main Event: Brent Primus (8-1) vs. Tim Wilde (12-3)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Ryan Scope (10-2) vs. Derek Campos (19-8)
Middleweight bout: Fabian Edwards (6-0) vs. Falco Neto (11-9)
Welterweight bout: Raymond Daniels (0-1) vs. Jon Durrant (Pro Debut)
Featherweight bout: Saul Rogers (12-2) vs. Aiden Lee (7-3)
Bantamweight bout: Brian Moore (11-7) vs. Binh Son Le (5-2-1)
Heavyweight bout: Rob Beech (4-2) vs. Domingos Barros (6-0)
Light heavyweight bout: James Mulheron (11-3) vs. Lee Chadwick (24-14-1)
Welterweight bout: Jim Wallhead (30-11) vs. Giorgio Pietrini (16-4-1)
Featherweight bout: Dominique Wooding (5-2) vs. David Khalsa (2-3)
Welterweight bout: Craig Turner (7-0-1) vs. Ashley Reece (7-1)
Lightweight bout: Kane Mousah (11-2) vs. Mateusz Piskorz (14-4)
Lightweight bout: Mohammed Yahya (5-1) vs. Gavin Hughes (9-1)
Light Heavyweight bout: Yannick Bahati (8-4) vs. Adis Dadovic (8-1)
Lightweight bout: Akonne Wanliss (1-1) vs. Corey Beldon (1-0)
Lightweight bout: Dan Cassell (3-3-1) vs. John Nicholls (4-2)
Welterweight bout: Joseph Whelan (0-1) vs. Simon Ridgway (Pro Debut)
*Card subject to change
Ryan Scope (10-2) vs. Derek Campos (19-8)
Lightweight prospect Ryan Scope, who fights out of Sunderland, U.K. will be looking to claim his first win for the Bellator promotion. Scope will fight for the first time since suffering a narrow split-decision loss against perennial Bellator contender Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in his last outing in the main event at Bellator Newcastle: Pitbull vs. Scope.
Standing in Scope’s way is the experienced Derek Campos, who fights out of Lubbock, Texas. “The Stallion,” who signed for Bellator in 2012, will be looking to claim his 20th professional MMA victory when he takes on Scope, as he bids to end to his current two fight losing streak. Campos, who has been a professional since 2009 making 14 appearances for the Bellator promotion, will make his first professional appearance outside the U.S.A when he enters the cage in Birmingham on May 4th.
Fabian Edwards (6-0) vs. Falco Neto (11-9)
Middleweight prospect Fabian Edwards will put his undefeated professional record on the line when he makes his second appearance of 2019 at Bellator Birmingham. Edwards, who trains at Team Renegade in Birmingham, made it two wins in two outings for the promotion at Bellator Newcastle: Pitbull vs. Scope in February, following a unanimous decision victory against veteran fighter Lee Chadwick.
25-year-old Edwards will be fighting in Birmingham for the first time since turning professional and another win will further cement his status as a rising contender in Bellator’s middleweight division.
Hoping to silence what is sure to be a raucous home crowd on the evening will be Bellator debutant Falco Neto, who fights out of Portugal. 33-year-old Neto joins Bellator from Portuguese MMA promotion Porto Fight Club following a win in the main event at PFC 3 in June of last year. The Portuguese athlete will be hoping to add another knockout finish to his win column, after securing seven of his 11 wins by KO/TKO in his previous professional bouts.
Raymond Daniels (0-1) vs. Jon Durrant (Pro Debut)
Following a debut win under the Bellator banner against Ash Griffiths at Bellator 191: MacDonald vs. Ligier, Yahya, who fights out of the UAE, will move up to lightweight at Bellator Birmingham. Yahya last fought December 2017 and will be looking to secure his third win in as many fights. The Dubai-based fighter will also be looking to claim another finish on the night, after securing KO or TKO finishes in four of his five wins.
Standing in his way will be Liverpool’s very own “Big Tasty”, who will be making his debut for Bellator on May 4. Hughes enjoyed a nine-fight win streak after beginning his professional MMA career and will be hoping to get back in the win column following his only professional loss, in his most recent fight against Martin van Staden in a title fight at EFC68.