LOS ANGELES – Bellator MMA has today confirmed the full fight card for Bellator 247: Daley vs. Anderson, which takes place Thursday, Oct. 1 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy.
Bellator 247: Daley vs. Anderson kicks off the new partnership between Bellator MMA and CBS Sports Network, which will air the event LIVE Thursday, Oct. 1 (4 p.m. ET) from Italy’s fashion capital. Beginning with this event, CBS Sports Network will televise Bellator MMA events, both domestic and international, LIVE in all U.S. markets, while preliminary matchups will stream on CBSSports.com and Bellator MMA’s YouTube channel.
In addition to the exciting welterweight main event between veteran Paul Daley (42-17-2) and Derek Anderson (16-3, 1 NC), three other main card bouts are now confirmed, with the additions of Norbert Novenyi Jr. (5-0) taking on Laid Zerhouni (7-5) at middleweight, a flyweight matchup between former title challenger Kate Jackson (11-4-1) and current Bellator Kickboxing flyweight champion Denise Kielholtz (5-2), as well as a lightweight contest pitting Ilias Bulaid (2-0) against Ivan Naccari (Pro Debut) in an explosive opening bout.
On the preliminary card, Ireland’s Brian Moore (12-7) will make his return to the Bellator cage following injury against Italy’s Simone D’anna (7-2) at 145-pounds. Also, four welterweight bouts are official, when undefeated Justin Burlinson (5-0) faces fellow unbeaten foe Bobby Pallett (5-0), Lewis Long (17-6) meets former Bellator headliner Gianni Melillo (13-5), Walter Gahadza (18-5) returns against the undefeated Uros Jurisic (10-0) and Kywan Gracie (1-0) continues his young MMA career against Moldova’s Constantin Gnusariev (3-0-1).
Originally slated to face Liz Carmouche prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, flyweight Mandy Bohm (6-0, 1 NC) gets a new assignment and welcomes Griet Eeckhout (5-3-1) to the Bellator cage in the first of two women’s preliminary bouts at Bellator 247: Daley vs. Anderson. The second pits Jade Jorand against Monika Tochlikova in an atomweight contest that will serve as both fighters’ professional debuts.
Additionally, two Bellator veterans welcome two new athletes to the Bellator cage, when Lee Chadwick (25-15-1) goes to battle with London Shootfighters-product Ederson Cristian Macedo (10-5) at light heavyweight and SBG Ireland’s Blaine O’Driscoll (8-3) tests his skills against France’s Salah Elkas (6-6) in a flyweight affair. Lastly, a 160-pound contract weight bout has been booked, as undefeated Chris Duncan (6-0) meets Iamik Furtado (6-3).
A proud Hungarian, Norbert Novenyi Jr. enters the Oct. 1 contest boasting a perfect professional mark of 5-0, including a trio of submissions and two first-round finishes. The middleweight will be making his fourth appearance for Bellator MMA, collecting decisive wins in each of the previous three contests. Another decisive finish at Bellator 247 could place the London Shootfighters-product into the mix at the top of the 185-pound division. Hailing from Montpellier, France, Zerhouni will be making his first appearance of 2020 and first fight on a Bellator card, where he will be searching for his fourth win over his last five fights. With each of his five career victories coming by way of knockout or submission, including four in the opening round, the 24-year-old finisher will look for yet another early stoppage in the co-main event of Bellator 247.
Fighting out of Amsterdam, 31-year-old Denise Kielholtz will be making her second MMA appearance of her 2020 campaign and seventh since joining Bellator MMA in 2017. With 47 career kickboxing wins, including a Bellator Kickboxing women’s flyweight championship, the multi-dimensional Dutch Muay Thai fighter hopes to extend her current three-fight winning streak when she enters the cage in Milan. “Miss Dynamite” also enters the contest riding a successful streak that includes five victories in six contests, highlighted by a trio of first-round finishes. With victories in four of her past six contests and nine of her last 12, Kate Jackson comes into the bout riding one of the hottest streaks in the women’s flyweight division. Hailing from Cornwall, England, the former Bellator flyweight No. 1-contender will be looking to add to her six career knockouts, a total that includes five in the first round. The 34-year-old Jackson is hoping a win over Kielholtz puts her right back into the 125-pound world title conversation.
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Bellator 247: Daley vs. Anderson Fight Card:
CBS Sports Network
4 p.m. ET
Welterweight Main Event: Paul Daley (42-17-2) vs Derek Anderson (16-3, 1 NC)
Middleweight Co-Main Event: Norbert Novenyi Jr. (5-0) vs. Laid Zerhouni (7-5)
Flyweight Feature Bout: Kate Jackson (11-4-1) vs. Denise Kielholtz (5-2)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Ilias Bulaid (2-0) vs. Ivan Naccari (Pro Debut)
CBSSports.com | Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel
12:15 p.m. ET
Featherweight Bout: Brian Moore (12-7) vs. Simone D’anna (7-2)
Welterweight Bout: Justin Burlinson (5-0) vs. Bobby Pallett (5-0)
Welterweight Bout: Lewis Long (17-6) vs. Gianni Melillo (13-5)
Flyweight Bout: Mandy Bohm (6-0, 1 NC) vs. Griet Eeckhout (5-3-1)
160-pound Contract Weight Bout: Chris Duncan (6-0) vs. Iamik Furtado (6-3)
Welterweight Bout: Walter Gahadza (18-5) vs. Uros Jurisic (10-0)
Welterweight Bout: Kywan Gracie (1-0) vs. Constantin Gnusariev (3-0-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Lee Chadwick (25-15-1) vs. Ederson Cristian Macedo (10-5)
Flyweight Bout: Blaine O’Driscoll (8-3) vs. Salah Elkas (6-6)
Atomweight Bout: Jade Jorand (Pro Debut) vs. Monika Tochlikova (Pro Debut)
*Card subject to change.
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