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Leah McCourt-Sinead Kavanagh All-Irish Battle Booked for Bellator Dublin


The Irish faithful will have to decide which Bellator MMA featherweight to root for on fight night.

On Friday, reporter Petesy Carroll initially broke the story that Leah McCourt (6-1) and Sinead Kavanagh (7-5) would be squaring off at Bellator Dublin on Feb. 25. News of this matchup has since been confirmed to Sherdog by sources close to the situation. Although the lineup is not yet official, it is likely that this 145-pound tilt will take place on the main card.

Since suffering her first career defeat in 2017 to Rizlen Zouak, McCourt has rattled off six straight victories, including five in the Bellator cage. Three of her five Bellator wins have come by stoppage, and her 2021 campaign saw her tap out Janay Harding and beat Jessica Borga on the scorecards to place her in the rankings. The two have trained together in the past, but they no longer belong to the same gym.

In her last time out, “KO” Kavanagh fell short to Cristiane Justino by knockout for the featherweight strap. The defeat snapped a two-fight win streak where she put ex-title challenger Olga Rubin away with punches and then topped Katharina Lehner by decision. Win or lose, the woman from Dublin has never had a bout end by submission, with all of her stoppages coming due to strikes.

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