A talented young Bellator MMA prospect has his next test in front of him this month.
On Friday, Bellator sources confirmed to Sherdog that Lucas Brennan (5-0) would be returning to the Bellator cage on Jan. 29. At Bellator 273, the 21-year-old son of longtime vet Chris Brennan will be facing Ben Lugo (5-4) in the featherweight division. As a pro, every one of Brennan’s fights have come inside the Bellator cage, while Lugo will be making his promotional debut on this fight card.
The man known as “Skywalker” has not missed a step since turning pro in 2019, rattling off four finishes in five victories all for the Bellator promotion. Most recently, Brennan submitted Matt Skibicki with an anaconda choke in June 2021 to continue his win streak. Of note, Brennan’s forearm choke on Jacob Landin at Bellator 233 in 2019 was the first of its kind in organizational history. While the 21-year-old recently told Sherdog that he planned on moving up a weight class as he continues to grow, he has elected to remain at 145 for the foreseeable future.
Lugo’s last performance came in August 2020, when he fell short to eventual Ultimate Fighting Championship signee Natan Levy at LFA 88 by razor-close majority decision. Although he lost, Lugo very nearly knocked Levy out in the second frame, and did enough damage to earn a 10-8 score from one judge. The defeat to Levy snapped a four-fight win streak on the Sparta Combat League circuit, where he won once a year from 2017 to 2020.
Bellator 273 will unify the heavyweight belt on Jan. 29 when champ Ryan Bader and interim titleholder Valentin Moldavsky throw down in the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The current co-main event pits ex-UFC champ Benson Henderson against rising star Islam Mamedov at 155 pounds. Additional main card offerings include a featherweight scrap between Henry Corrales and Aiden Lee, as well as a brawl at 170 pounds when Sabah Homasi faces Jaleel Willis.
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