Former BAMMA middleweight champion Mike Shipman will make his third outing under the Bellator banner in London on May 25.
The London Shootfighters product will meet UK veteran Carl Noon on the preliminary card of Bellator 200. Bellator confirmed the bout with MMA Fighting on Saturday.
Shipman (11-1-0) has contested two bouts for Bellator in the English capital in the past, but has only recently signed with the promotion. MMANytt.com first reported the deal last week.
In his last appearance, “Sea Bass” captured the BAMMA middleweight title with a third round spinning back fist knockout of Yannick Bahati, who once held BAMMA and EFC middleweight belts simultaneously.
Spinning back fist KO !— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 15, 2017
Mike Shipman KOs Yannick Bahati in 3R pic.twitter.com/EjiiB6gCPd
The BAMMA title shot came on the back of two first-round victories with Bellator. He caught a first anaconda choke that finished UK veteran Dominic Clark at Bellator 158. He followed the submission with a TKO of Poland’s Marcin Prostko at Bellator 179.
Shipman currently rides an 11-fight win streak, having suffered his only loss in his professional debut back in 2013.
Noon (7-2-0) has not contested an MMA bout since November 2011. In his last outing, he suffered a third-round TKO at the hands of current UFC middleweight, Jack Marshman, when they met at BAMMA 7 for the vacant middleweight title. He holds notable wins over European veterans Chris Fields and Mike Ling.