Bellator London: Mike Shipman vs. Costello van Steenis among new prelim additions
The lineup for Bellator’s June return to London continues to build with a trio of new fights for the prelims.
Mike Shipman (13-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will put his 13-fight winning streak on the line against Costello van Steenis (11-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA). And John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) takes on George Tokkos (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Both fights are at middleweight. And in a bantamweight bout, Nathan Greyson (6-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) meets Frans Mlambo (6-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Promotion officials announced the new bouts today.
Bellator London takes place June 22 at The SSE Arena, Wembley. The event streams on DAZN and airs on Paramount via tape delay.
Former BAMMA champion Shipman has not lost since his pro debut in 2013. Since then, all 13 of his wins have been by stoppage, including four under the Bellator banner. At Bellator 200 in London in May 2018, he knocked out Carl Noon in 10 seconds. And at Bellator 210 this past November in Oklahoma, he choked out Scott Futrell in the first round.
Van Steenis has five straight wins, including three straight for Bellator. After a submission win over Steve Skrzat at Bellator 185, he finished Kevin Fryer in the first round with a TKO at Bellator 200, then took a split call from Bellator veteran Chris Honeycutt at Bellator 210.
With the additions, the Bellator London lineup now includes:
- Champ Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. – for middleweight title
- Paul Daley vs. Erick Silva
- James Gallagher vs. Jeremiah Labiano
- Denise Kielholtz vs. TBA
- Aaron Chalmers vs. TBA
- Mike Shipman vs. Costello Van Steenis
- John Redmond vs. George Tokkos
- Nathan Greyson vs. Frans Mlambo
- Chris Bungard vs. Charlie Leary
- Galore Bofando vs. Richard Kiely