This Saturday night on September 26 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy features a main card of MMA fighting with the main event involving undefeated Fabian Edwards (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Costello Van Steenis (12-2 MMA, BMMA 4-1) in one of three middleweight duels. Nicknamed “The Assassin”, Edwards owns four victories from 2019, three by decision and one by TKO in his native of Birmingham, England. He looks to add “The Spaniard” to his unbeaten streak. As for the Fight Team Vondel product, Van Steenis, he looks to avenge a November 2019 loss to John Salter by decision after winning his first four fights.
Also in co-main event action is Mike Shipman (13-3 MMA, 4-2 BMMA), who goes head-on against the hometown hero Pietro Penini (9-1-1, 1 NC MMA, 1-0-0 BMMA). Shipman’s last two losses were his first two in the promotion he currently fights under as he suffered defeats to this weekend’s featured main eventers. Shipman lost to Costello Van Steenis by TKO via punches before losing a split decision match with Fabian Edwards most recently back in November last year. Penini’s most recent victory came against Straight Blast Gym and Irish product Charlie Ward by unanimous decision.
In the third and final middleweight bout has Ward’s teammate in Will Fleury (7-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) going up against seasoned pro boxer and London’s own Kent Kauppinen (12-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who looks to bring his Bellator record above .500 at 2-1 in his still budding career. Last October, Bellator 230 in Milan brought in 4,927 in the Allianz Cloud venue, which was a near-sellout as it maximizes 5,420. With the Covid-19 pandemic still plaguing around the globe, it’ll be interesting to see how many people will be streaming around the globe on their mobile device or they can watch on the Paramount Network here in the US as preliminary fights begin at 1:30 PM ET while the main card begins at 5 PM ET.