Bellator MMA is putting on a 21-fight salute for Bellator Dublin in February.
On Thursday, MMA Fighting reported that Ricky Bandejas (12-3) would be taking on Frans Mlambo (8-4) in the bantamweight division at Bellator Dublin. The promotion later confirmed this news. The event, which features a whopping 21 bouts on the lineup, will be held on Feb. 22 at the 3Arena in Dublin.
Bandejas rebounded from a two-fight skid to Juan Archuleta and Patrick Mix with a first-round knockout of Ahmet Kayretli at Bellator 225 in August. The New Jersey native sprang an upset in his organizational debut at Bellator 204 in August 2018, knocking out James Gallagher with a head kick and follow-up punches to hand the brash Irishman his first career defeat.
Mlambo is unbeaten in two outings with Bellator, making his company debut at Bellator 223 in June 2019 with a second-round brabo choke of Nathan Greyson. "The Black Mamba" recently topped Dominique Wooding on the scorecards at Bellator 227 in September, making that bout the first time he had ever won a fight by decision. Prior to that performance, all seven of Mlambo's career wins came inside the distance.
Bellator Dublin will be held on Feb. 22 at the 3Arena in Dublin, where it will be headlined by a bantamweight collision between Gallagher and Callum Ellenor. Welterweights come to blows as Aaron Chalmers will take on the unbeaten Austin Clem, while former champ Brent Primus faces off against Peter Queally at lightweight.