Neither Kate Jackson nor Denise Kielholtz expected to be in this position, but another failed weight cut from Paul Daley has thrust them into the Bellator MMA spotlight.
Jackson will confront Kielholtz in the impromptu Bellator 247 headliner on Thursday at the Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy, as the two flyweight hopefuls jockey for position in the long line that has formed behind undefeated champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane. They were charged with replacing the original Daley-Derek Anderson main event once the aforementioned Brit was hospitalized on the eve of the show.
Bellator 247 “Jackson vs. Kielholtz”—which airs live on the CBS Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT—also features a middleweight clash pairing Norbert Novenyi with Laid Zerhouni, a featherweight tilt pitting Brian Moore against Simone D'Anna and a catchweight affair matching Chris Duncan with Iamik Furtado at 160 pounds. The seven-fight undercard will stream to Bellator’s YouTube channel at 12:45 p.m. ET/9:45 a.m. ET.
A closer look at the Bellator 247 particulars:
THE LINEUP125: Kate Jackson vs. Denise Kielholtz
185: Norbert Novenyi vs. Laid Zerhouni
145: Brian Moore vs. Simone D'Anna
160: Chris Duncan vs. Iamik Furtado
170: Lewis Long vs. Giovanni Melillo
125: Mandy Bohm vs. Griet Eeckhout
170: Walter Gahadza vs. Uros Jurisic
170: Kywan Gracie vs. Constantin Gnusarev
205: Lee Chadwick vs. Ederson Cristian Macedo
125: Blaine O'Driscoll vs. Salah Elkas
105: Jade Jorand vs. Monika Chochlikova
THE RUNDOWN• Weigh-in Report
• By The Numbers: Daley vs. Anderson
• Media Day Interview: Kate Jackson
• Media Day Interview: Denise Kielholtz
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