Paul Redmond is set to return to action on Feb. 22 at Dublin’s 3 Arena when he takes on another one of Bellator’s top-rated lightweights in Ryan Scope.
Bellator announced the lightweight feature bout via social media on Monday.
Redmond (15-7-0) has not competed since his unanimous decision win over Charlie Leary at Bellator 217. The Team Ryano fighter was pitted against Brandon Girtz in a high-profile bout for September’s Dublin card. However, Redmond was forced from the bout due to injury and has been on the sidelines ever since.
The Andy Ryan product is considered one of the biggest signings Bellator made in Ireland due to his previous experience with UFC, KSW, Cage Warriors and BAMMA.
Scope (11-3-0) goes into the contest on a two-fight skid following consecutive losses to Paricky Freire and Peter Queally. The Newcastle native has experience fighting Irish fighters in the 3 Arena given his last outing against Queally, but will be looking to add the first win of his Bellator tenure to his record when he clashes with Redmond.
A former BAMMA lightweight champion, Scope is another prominent signing for Bellator in the region. Many felt as though Scope did enough to have his hand raised when he faced top-ranked lightweight “Pitbull” in Newcastle in early 2019, but it was the Brazilian who had his hand raised on the night.