Bellator is back!
This week with its first overseas event since the start of the pandemic.
Bellator Europe 8 takes place Saturday at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy. The card streams on MMA Junkie and Bellator’s YouTube page.
In the main event, Fabian Edwards (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) tries to keep his unbeaten record intact when he takes on fellow middleweight Costello van Steenis (12-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA). It’s a close matchup with our 14 editors, writers, videographers and radio hosts. Edwards has just a slim 8-6 lead in the picks.
In the co-main event, Pietro Penini (9-1-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) meets Mike Shipman (13-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in a middleweight bout. Shipman has a big 12-2 picks lead.
And to open the main card, Will Fleury (7-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) takes on Kent Kauppinen (12-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in a third bout at 185 pounds. Fleury has a big 10-4 lead in the picks.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Edwards (57 percent), Shipman (77 percent) and Kauppinen (56 percent) are the choices.
MAIN CARD (Bellator’s YouTube Page, 5:00 p.m. ET)
- Fabian Edwards (185) vs. Costello van Steenis (185)
- Pietro Penini (185.4) vs. Mike Shipman (184.8)
- Will Fleury (185) vs. Kent Kauppinen (186)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Bellator’s YouTube Page, 1:30 p.m. ET)
- George Hardwick (155) vs. Nicolo Solli (155.6)
- Ion Pascu (171) vs. Stefano Paterno (170.4)
- Alfie Davis (155.2) vs. Akonne Wanliss (155.4)
- Gavin Hughes (154) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (155)
- Aidan Lee (145.6) vs. Jeremy Petley (144.8)
- Frans Mlambo (134) vs. Cory Tait (135.2)
- Alex O’Toole (204) vs. Luke Trainer (205)
- Harry Hardwick (145) vs. Richie Smullen (145.2)
- Chiara Penco (115.8) vs. Aleksandra Toncheva Plamenova (114.6)
- Claire Lopez (115.8) vs. Danni Neilan (115.4)
That is all the information that is available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available at any time. (Watch Live)