The two female fighters who have proudly flown the flag for Irish MMA will face off in a huge featherweight matchup in Dublin on February 25.

Former featherweight championship challenger Sinead Kavanagh and rising contender Leah McCourt will do battle in the cage at the 3Arena, Dublin as part of a stacked lineup on the Emerald Isle.

Northern Ireland’s McCourt is in the best form of her career heading into the bout. The 6-1 contender is riding a five-fight win streak, with her most recent outing showcasing her evolving skillset in a dominant decision victory over Jessica Borga at Bellator 267 in London last October.

She’ll take on hard-hitting Kavanagh, who is looking to re-establish her championship credentials after her stoppage defeat to reigning Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg at Bellator 271 in November. Prior to her unsuccessful title tilt, Kavanagh had won two in a row to solidify her status as a dangerous contender at 145 pounds.

Other additions to the Dublin fight card include a bantamweight main card bout between Irish fan favourite Brian “Pikeman” Moore, who will face off against highly-rated undefeated contender Jornel Lugo, while Welsh former UFC bantamweight contender Brett Johns returns to action against the undefeated Khurshed Kakhorov.

English middleweight contender Fabian Edwards is also scheduled for action, with “The Assassin” set to face Marian Dimitrov in a bid to catapult himself into championship contention at 185 pounds.

The event will be headlined by a battle for the Bellator middleweight championship, with reigning champion Gegard Mousasi set to put his title on the line against undefeated number one contender, Austin Vanderford.

Bellator 275: Confirmed Bouts

Main Card

  • Gegard Mousasi (c) vs. Austin Vanderford – for middleweight title
  • Peter Queally vs. Kane Mousah
  • Sinead Kavanagh vs. Leah McCourt
  • Brian Moore vs. Jornel Lugo

Preliminary Card

  • Brett Johns vs. Khurshed Kakhorov
  • Charlie Leary vs. Davy Gallon
  • Ciaran Clarke vs. Abou Tounkara
  • Fabian Edwards vs. Marian Dimitrov
  • Stefano Paterno vs. Luca Poclit
  • Danni McCormack vs. Stephanie Page
  • Junior Morgan vs. Darragh Kelly
  • Scott Pedersen vs. Nathan Kelly