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A light heavyweight clash pitting Yoel Romero
against Melvin
Manhoef
as been rebooked for Bellator Dublin on Sept. 23.

The California-based promotion announced the matchup on Friday.
Romero and Manhoef were initially slated to lock horns in the
Bellator 280 co-main event, but Manhoef had to withdraw due to an
injury suffered while apprehending three men who attempted
to rob his home. “No Mercy” reportedly smashed the burglars car
window with his hand, resulting in an injury that required
stitches.

Bellator Dublin takes place at 3Arena in the Irish capital and is
also expected to include a lightweight clash between Benson
Henderson
and Peter
Queally
. The evening’s main card will air on Showtime.

Romero remained on the Bellator 280 card, where he earned a
technical knockout victory against short-notice foe Alex
Polizzi
at the 4:59 mark of Round 3. That triumph snapped a
four-bout skid for the former UFC middleweight title challenger,
who hadn’t tasted victory since knocking out Luke
Rockhold
in February 2018.

The 45-year-old Manhoef had a two-bout winning streak snapped in
his last outing, when he suffered a second-round TKO defeat to
Corey
Anderson
at Bellator 251 in November 2020.


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