Dublin, Ireland will host the Bellator MMA debut of Russian heavyweight rookie Oleg Popov.
Popov (15-1) will face Turkey’s Gokhan Saricam (8-1) as part of Bellator’s 291 card in February.Promotion Officer announce duel Saturday. The bout joins several other big fights at Bellator’s first European show of 2023, including the return of welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov.
With 11 of 15 victories coming through suspension, Popov has been in the spotlight for a while now. Popov is on a 13-game winning streak since 2015, most recently defeating former UFC title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva by TKO.
Welcoming the 30-year-old Russian to the Bellator cage next year will be Gokhan Saricam, who will be hoping for a five-match win in the fight. Salikam’s only loss was to fellow heavyweight champion Steve Mowry more than three years ago.
Bellator 291 will take place on Saturday 25th February 2023 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. A welterweight title unification bout between Yaroslav Amosov and interim champion Logan Storley grabbed the headlines, and the following fights have been announced:
Yaroslav Amosov (c) vs. Logan Storley (ic) – Bellator MMA Welterweight Championship/Championship Unification Fight
Pedro Carvalho vs. #5 – Jeremy Kennedy
Sinead Kavanagh vs. Janay Harding
Gokhan Saricam vs. Oleg Popov
Oliver Encamp vs. Luca Pokrit
Karl Moore vs. Maciej Różański
Brian Moore vs. Luca Iovine
Daniele Scatizzi vs. Dmytrii Hrytsenko
Piotr Niedzielski vs. Richie Smullen
Charlie Ward vs. Mike Shipman
Norbert Novenyi Jr. vs. Andy Manzolo
Asaël Adjoudj vs. Calum Murrie
Elina Kallionidou vs. Bishop of Jena