Bellator MMA returns to Europe with a tag-team promotion alongside UK-based BAMMA on December 16th, when they hope to leave Irish eyes smiling.

Bellator and BAMMA will co-promote the event at Dublin’s 3Arena that aims to provide fight fans with a show featuring a host of the world’s leading MMA athletes from both organizations, all wrapped up in one event – Bellator 169/BAMMA 27.

The Bellator portion of the show will be headlined by a heavyweight fight pitting ‘King Mo’ Lawall against Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. Whilst Ireland will also have one of its brightest prospects on the card as well, with unbeaten James Gallagher all set to return.

Bellator president Scott Coker said: “I’m pleased to be bringing this action to Dublin alongside a promotion like BAMMA and David Green, who has been a good friend for years. When thinking of a country that respects, understands and yearns for quality mixed martial arts action, Ireland immediately comes to mind.”

“I’m very excited for this event, with ‘King Mo’ versus Ishii in the main event, and I cannot wait to be inside the 3Arena when ‘The Strabanimal,’ James Gallagher takes center stage, it’s going to be a madhouse.”

BAMMA  CEO  David Green added: “It’s going to be the biggest and boldest MMA show in Ireland this year, as fans get the chance to get up close and personal with MMA superstars from both promotions.”

BAMMA 27 will feature two title fights and a packed card. The return of two division champ Tom ‘Fire Kid’ Duquesnoy, as he looks to add yet another belt to his collection against Lonsdale champ Alan Philpott. Plus there’s a cracking featherweight title fight between Ronnie Mann and Martin ’50 Cal’ Stapleton.

* Tickets for Bellator 169 / BAMMA 27 go on sale at, and tomorrow, priced from €35 to €145.