The Bellator cage returns to European soil as the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy plays host to Bellator Europe 8.
The main event features a battle of European middleweight contenders, as England’s Fabian Edwards (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) takes on the Netherlands’ Costello van Steenis (12-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA), while the co-main event showcases two more middleweights looking to deliver a statement performance, as Italy’s Pietro Penini (9-1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) faces off against England’s Mike Shipman (13-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA).
The main card’s middleweight flavor continues with Ireland’s Will Fleury (7-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) against England’s Kent Kauppinen (12-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA), while the preliminary card is packed with a host of European prospects, including a notable lightweight battle between fellow Brits Alfie Davis (13-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Akonne Wanliss (4-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).
Follow the action via Bellator’s official live stream above, and stay up to date with the official results below.
MAIN CARD (MMA Junkie, 5 p.m. ET)
- Fabian Edwards vs. Costello van Steenis
- Pietro Penini vs. Mike Shipman
- Will Fleury vs. Kent Kauppinen
- George Hardwick vs. Nicolo Solli
- Ion Pascu vs. Stefano Paterno
- Alfie Davis vs. Akonne Wanliss
- Gavin Hughes vs. Daniele Scatizzi
- Aidan Lee vs. Jeremy Petley
- Frans Mlambo def. Cory Tait via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-27)
- Luke Trainer def. Alex O’Toole via TKO (unanswered strikes) – Round 1, 1:22
- Richie Smullen def. Harry Hardwick via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Chiara Penco def. Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova via TKO (unanswered strikes) – Round 2, 4:27
- Danni Neilan def. Claire Lopez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:45