PARIS – A massive night of championship-level MMA guaranteed to bring fireworks is set for this Friday, May 6from the Accor Arena in Paris and airs live at a special time of 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME.
Anchoring the card will be a heated rematch between BELLATOR Heavyweight World Champion Ryan Bader(29-7, 1 NC) against French combat sports legend and No. 2-ranked heavyweight Cheick Kongo (31-11-2, 1 NC). Both Bader and Kongo will be looking for closure when they run it back inside the BELLATOR cage, following a controversial no-contest stemming from a disputed eye-poke during their first meeting in 2019.
In an equally action-packed co-feature event, Yoel Romero(13-6) who was originally slated to take on Melvin Manhoef at 205-pounds, has agreed to meet No. 7 ranked-Alex Polizzi (10-1) on less than a week’s notice. Polizzi has won three consecutive contests en route to his opportunity in Paris against one of the sport’s most popular athletes.
Newly announced, No.6-ranked middleweight Lorenz Larkin (23-7, 1 NC) will now face Kyle Stewart (15-5) during the Bellator 280 main card. France’s Davy Gallon(20-7-2) will go to battle in front of his fellow countrymen and women when he faces Switzerland’s Benjamin Brander (13-8) at lightweight. Opening the Bellator 280 televised card, English middleweight Mike Shipman (14-3) will clash with proud Parisian Gregory Babene (21-11, 1 NC).
Nine titillating preliminary matchups have been announced, including a smash between former featherweight title challenger Pedro Carvalho (12-5) and newly signed Polish standout Piotr Niedzielski (16-4), plus a 160-pound contract weight clash between “The True Viking” Søren Bak (15-1) and England’s Charlie Leary (17-12-1).
The preliminary bouts will stream live three and a half hours earlier at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Pluto TV.
BELLATOR 280: BADER VS. KONGO 2 MAIN CARD:
SHOWTIME (U.S.) / RMC SPORT (FRANCE) / BBC Three & BBC iPlayer (U.K.) / Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)
Friday, May 6, 10 p.m. CEST/9 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Heavyweight World Title Main Event: C-Ryan Bader(29-7, 1 NC) vs. #2-Cheick Kongo (31-11-2, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Yoel Romero(13-6) vs. #7-Alex Polizzi (10-1)
Lightweight Bout: Davy Gallon (20-7-2) vs.Benjamin Brander (13-8)
Middleweight Bout: #6-Lorenz Larkin (23-7, 1 NC) vs. Kyle Stewart (15-5)
Middleweight Bout: Mike Shipman (14-3) vs.Gregory Babene (21-11, 1 NC)
BELLATOR 280: BADER VS. KONGO 2PRELIMINARY CARD:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV
6:30 p.m. CEST/12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
Featherweight Bout: Pedro Carvalho (12-5) vs.Piotr Niedzielski (16-4)
Welterweight Bout: Lewis Long (19-6) vs. Thibault Gouti (14-5)
Featherweight Bout: Fabacary Diatta (8-0) vs.Jordan Barton (6-2-1)
160-lb Contract Weight Bout Søren Bak (15-1) vs.Charlie Leary (17-12-1)
Lightweight Bout: Yves Landu (16-9) vs. Gavin Hughes (10-2)
Welterweight Bout: Nicolò Solli (3-1, 1 NC) vs. Levy Carriel (3-0)
Flyweight Bout: Lucie Bertaud (3-3) vs. Katarzyna Sadura (5-4)
Middleweight Bout: Youcef Ouabbas (2-0) vs.Matthieu Duclos (2-1)
Welterweight Bout: Victor Verchere (5-1) vs. Bourama Camara (4-1)