In the main event of BELLATOR 287 from Milan, Italy, Adam Piccolotti makes his 14th debut versus recently signed French superstar Mansour Barnaoui. On Saturday, October 29, Bellator 287: Piccolotti vs. Barnaoui will take place at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy. Following a series of preliminary contests will live stream on YouTube, the Showtime fight event features four bouts.
In addition, No. 2-ranked middleweight sensation Fabian Edwards (10-2) returns to the BELLATOR cage after defeating MMA great Lyoto Machida (26-12) in the first round, when he faces surging Irish contender Charlie Ward (10-4).
Piccolotti will aim to improve on his victory over veteran Georgi Karakhanyan in February. Barnaoui has built a solid name among combat sports enthusiasts by dominating the competition in Europe and Asia over the last decade, and he now hopes to make an immediate impact with BELLATOR. In addition, No. 3 ranked middleweight Fabian Edwards takes on the always challenging Charlie Ward.
At lightweight, Adam Piccolotti (13-4) takes on Mansour Barnaoui (19-4) in the main event. At middleweight, Charlie Ward (10-4) takes on Fabian Edwards (10-2) in the co-main event. Saul Rogers (15-4) fights Tim Wilde (14-4) at lightweight, while Justin Gonzalez (13-1) fights Andrew Fisher (19-8) at featherweight. The complete lineup is listed below.
Bellator 287: Piccolotti vs. Barnaoui: How to Watch
Showtime will broadcast Bellator 287: Piccolotti vs Barnaoui live. Saturday, October 29th is the date. The start time is set at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
Broadcasting Live: Bellator 287 in Milan Live (try this free)
The Bellator 287 preliminary card kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT on YouTube.
Tickets for Bellator 287
Bellator 287: Piccolotti vs Barnaoui tickets are on sale for Saturday, October 29 at Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy.
Tickets for Bellator 287 may be purchased through Ticketmaster.
BELLATOR 287: PICCOLOTTI VS. BARNAOUI MAIN CARD
Sunday, October 30 – 4 PM ET
- Lightweight Main Event: Adam Piccolotti (13-4) vs. Mansour Barnaoui (19-4)
- Middleweight Bout: #2-Fabian Edwards (10-2) vs. Charlie Ward (10-4)
- Lightweight Bout: Saul Rogers (15-4) vs. Tim Wilde (14-4-1)
- Featherweight Bout: #8-Justin Gonzales (13-1) vs. Andrew Fisher (19-8-1)
BELLATOR 287: PICCOLOTTI VS. BARNAOUI PRELIMINARY CARD:
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Saturday, October 29: 112.30 PM ET
- Lightweight Bout: Davy Gallon (21-7-2) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (11-6)
- Middleweight Bout: Costello van Steenis (13-2) vs. Kamil Oniszczuk (9-1)
- Lightweight Bout: Alfie Davies (14-4-1) vs. Thibault Gouti (16-5)
- Strawweight Bout: Chiara Penco (7-3) vs. Manuela Marconetto (3-1)
- Featherweight Bout: Yves Landu (17-9) vs. Walter Cogliandro (11-3-1)
- Light Heavyweight Bout: Simon Biyong (8-2) vs. Dragos Zubco (3-1)
- Welterweight Bout: Nicolò Solli (3-1, 1 NC) vs. Bourama Camara (5-1)
- Light Heavyweight Bout: Luke Trainer (5-1) vs. Lucas Alsina (11-3)
- 181 LB Contract Weight Bout: Andrea Fusi (8-6) vs. Steven Hill (5-0)
- Bantamweight Bout: Sarvarjon Khamidov (13-0) vs. Jose Maria Tome (40-9, 3 NC)
- Light Heavyweight Bout: Oleg Popov (15-1) vs. Denis Stojnic (15-3-1)
Bellator 287 Piccolotti vs Barnaoui Betting Predictions:
On Saturday morning, Bellator returns to Allianz Cloud Arena in Milan, Italy, with a tremendous program headlined by a dynamite collision of styles in the lightweight class between Adam “The Bomb” Piccolotti and Mansour “The Afro-Samurai” Barnaoui.
Piccolotti, a 5’11 kickboxer from Half Moon Bay, California, is in his 13th Bellator bout, with a record of nine victories and four losses. In his last four fights, the American Kickboxing Academy product has alternated wins and losses, with his most recent triumph coming in February when he won a unanimous decision against Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 274 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Mansour Barnaoui, a six-foot-tall grappling specialist from Paris, France, is making his Bellator debut after six years of participating in Road Fighting Championships. Barnaoui, dubbed “The Afro-Samurai,” hasn’t fought since May 2019, when he gained a first-round submission victory over A-Sol Kwon at Road FC 53. The 30-year-old Tunisian native comes into this battle on a seven-fight victory streak, all via stoppage, with five of the fights finishing in submission.
Continuing Our Bellator 287 Piccolotti vs. Barnaoui Odds Analysis:
Piccolotti has a record of 31 wins, 14 defeats, and one tie, while Barnaoui has 21 wins and 11 losses. Both veterans have had lengthy layoffs, with “The Bomb” last fighting eight months ago, considerably more recently than “The Afro-Samurai,” who might play a key role in this main event clash. Barnaoui is now a betting favorite with odds ranging from -140 to -145.
In a solid set of main card clashes, Fabian Edwards takes on Charlie Ward, while Justin Gonzales takes on Andrew Fisher.
On Saturday in Milan, the penultimate fight in this event pits two dangerous middleweights against each other. Fabian Edwards, a rising star with 10 wins in 12 fights, the most recent of which was a first-round knockout victory over former UFC Champion Lyoto Machida, wants to make it two in a row against Charlie Ward, another former UFC veteran. Since joining Bellator in 2017, the 41-year-old Irishman has a record of seven wins and one defeat, with five of those victories coming via knockout or technical knockout.
Finally, here is our Bellator 287 Piccolotti vs Barnaoui odds preview:
Rising featherweight prospect Justin Gonzales looks to improve to 14-1 against veteran Andrew Fisher of the United Kingdom.
Gonzales, a 31-year-old product of Greeley, Colorado, where he wrestled at the University of Northern Colorado alongside top UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje… is aiming for his third Bellator victory. His most recent victory came in April at Bellator 279, where he won a split decision over one-time UFC prospect Kai Kamaka III.
Fisher, a 37-year-old Englishman, hopes to extend his unbeaten streak to seven contests. He has two Bellator wins, one against Ashleigh Grimshaw in Milan in October 2020 and the other over Attila Korkmaz in May at Bellator 281. He also fought Robert Whiteford to a “no contest” when an eye poke in the second round forced the fight to end.
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