The Bellator 187 fight card has had a helluva shakeup in the last 24-hours and there’s both good news and bad news.
A press release from Bellator MMA earlier on today confirmed MMAFighting’s report yesterday that James Gallagher had withdrawn from his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano after he suffered a knee injury. Labiano will no face Noad Lahat at Bellator 188.
The good news is that Gallagher teammate, Brian Moore (10-5) will now take on AJ McKee (9-0) in the main event of the evening in another Ireland vs USA headliner.
But that wasn’t all the good news…
Fresh off his first-round TKO finish of D.J. Griffin, at Bellator 179 in London, the son of the legendary Kimbo Slice, Kevin ‘Baby Slice’ Ferguson, will return to Europe in search of his second victory as professional. Also training under the tutelage of Antonio McKee at Team Bodyshop in Long Beach, Calif., Slice is one of the main sparring partners for A.J. McKee, Aaron Pico and Joey Davis.
Fighting out of St. Louis, Fred Freeman made his professional debut in March, finishing his opponent with punches in the second round of their regional matchup. Before turning pro, Freeman laced up the gloves nine times as an amateur.
Set for her fourth Bellator appearance, Sinead Kavanagh returns to the site of her promotional debut, a venue that saw her defeat Elina Kallionidou with a decisive victory at Bellator 169. A three-time veteran of BAMMA, “KO” most recently took on Arlene Blencowe, who now fights Julia Budd for the women’s featherweight title.
A native of France, Maria Casanova has competed professionally since 2015. With two submission victories on her resume, the KTP Scola-product will look to hand Kavanagh the first submission loss of her career.
Complete Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore Fight Card:
A.J. McKee (9-0) vs. Brian Moore (10-5)
Sinead Kavanagh (4-2) vs. Maria Casanova (2-4-1)
Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. (1-1) vs. Fred Freeman (1-0)
Charlie Ward (3-3) vs. John Redmond (7-12)
Decky Dalton (7-3) vs. Andre Goncalves (3-1)