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Sinead Kavanagh out of Bellator 217, Iony Razafiarison steps in against Olga Rubin

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Irish boxing ace Sinead Kavanagh has been forced from the Bellator 217 card in Dublin, Ireland on Feb. 23 due to an undisclosed injury, but her former opponent Iony Razafiarison has stepped into take her place against Olga Rubin.

Bellator confirmed the news to MMA Fighting Wednesday.

Rubin (5-0-0) took a decision win over former Invicta, Cage Warriors, RIZIN and UFC competitor, Cindy Dandois, in her last fight. The victory over Dandois marked her third win in as many tests under the Bellator banner following her successful professional debut win over Laurita Likker-Cibirite. Her only other promotional outing saw her move to 4-0 with a first round stoppage of Joana Filipa.

Razafiarison (6-1-0) is currently on a four-fight win streak, which began with her unanimous decision win over Kavanagh at Bellator 173 in Belfast. Although she has not competed under the Bellator banner since, the French fighter has kept her momentum with three wins over Diana Belbita, Karla Benitez and Dandois.

Her second-round submission win over Belbita saw Razafiarison claimed the Superior FC flyweight title in September 2017.

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