Fabian Edwards will finally get a chance to impress in front of his hometown crowd when he faces off against Falco Neto Lopes at Bellator Birmingham on May 4th.
Bellator announced the fight via press release on Wednesday along with the signing of established U.K. featherweight Kane Mousah, who takes on Mateusz Piskorz in his debut on the same night.
Edwards (6-0-0) is widely considered one of the most outstanding prospects in Europe at the moment. In his last outing, he underlined his promise with a sound decision win over former Cage Warriors champion Lee Chadwick, a veteran of nearly 40 fights.
Chadwick was the first man to force Edwards the distance, with all five of Edwards’ previous pro opponents being finished—three by submission and two by knockout.
Lopes (11-9-0) is a Portuguese middleweight who makes his Bellator debut on the night. He has failed to string two wins together over his last nine bouts but is coming into the contest on the back of a knockout win over Rumen Ganchev who he stopped at Porto Fight Club 3 last June.
Mousah (11-2-0) got back to winning ways with a first round knockout of George Emanuel in his last outing at Celtic Gladiator 22 in November. He came into the bout on the back of the second loss of his career—a split decision loss to former UFC fighter Robert Whiteford. Mousah competes under the Bellator banner for the first time in Birmingham.
Piskorz (14-4-0) rides a two-fight win streak into his clash with Mousah, taking a first-round win over Kurbanjiang Tuluosibake at MFP 220 last May before edging out Iain Feenan to claim a split decision win at Rage in the Cage 4 in November. He will also make his Bellator debut on the night.
Speaking on this week’s Eurobash podcast, Edwards insisted that he is keen to get back to finishing ways.
“I want to go out and put a performance on, because I’m still a disappointed with the last one [Chadwick]. I need to put a performance on,” Edwards told Eurobash. “I want to show that I’m an entertaining fighter. I like to finish and it says so on my record—14 finishes in 16 fights.”
The Fabian Edwards interview 1:05:30.