Bellator 217: Leah McCourt to fight Dutchwoman Hatice Ozyurt at the 3Arena in Dublin

Leah McCourt was crowned amateur MMA featherweight world champion in Las Vegas
McCourt was crowned amateur IMMAF featherweight world champion in 2016

Former IMMAF amateur world champion Leah McCourt has been added to the undercard for the Bellator 217 fight night on 23 February in Dublin.

The Saintfield native will face Dutchwoman Hatice Ozyurt at the 3Arena.

Strabane bantamweight James Gallagher, who is aiming to recover from the first loss of his career, will headline the card when he faces Steven Graham.

The co-main event will be the all-Irish Lightweight match up between Peter Queally and Myles Price.

Having began her professional career with defeat in 2017, McCourt secured a split decision victory over Manon Fiorot last summer.

She will feature on a packed card alongside Dublin's Sinead Kavanagh, who is tasked with inflicting a first career defeat on Olga Rubin.

Last month it was announced that Belfastman Karl Moore will make his Bellator debut at the event when he fights Yannick Bahati in a light-heavyweight contest.

Gallagher, who is trained by Conor McGregor's long-time coach John Kavanagh, tasted his first professional defeat in August when he was knocked-out by Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 204 but the Straight Blast Gym fighter remains highly-rated with a 7-1 record.

Former Cage Warriors champion Moore suffered only the second loss of his career (8-2) in his most recent outing against Mauro Cerilli in March but faces Birmingham-based Bahati, who has lost his last three fights.

Queally, who is also coached by Kavanagh, is also making his Bellator debut after clinching his first knock-out victory when he beat David Khachatryan in his most recent fight last May.

Facing Queally is his former stablemate Price, who controversially trained with Khabib Nurmagomedov as the UFC lightweight champion prepared for his UFC 229 showdown against McGregor in Las Vegas.

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