Brennan Ward has her second fight booked since returning from a break.
At Bellator 282, Ward (15-6 MMA, 11-6 BMMA) will fight again in front of his home country audience when he takes on the former Victory FC welterweight champion and headliner of the LFA Kassius Kayne (12-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a welterweight bout.
The event takes place June 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the main card on Showtime following the prelims on MMA Junkie.
Two people with knowledge of the booking recently told MMA Junkie about the match but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.
In February, Ward, 33, returned from nearly five years away from mixed martial arts competition as a long-term drug addiction turned into unbearable, as he revealed in an exclusive interview and revelatory with MMA Junkie in January. At Bellator 274, Ward fought Brandon Bell on a one-off deal with the promotion and won via TKO in the second round. A few weeks later, Ward signed a multifight deal with the promotion.
Kayne, 35, has competed for a handful of notable regional promotions, with his losses coming mostly from fighters who later signed with the UFC or Bellator. He has only competed three times since 2018 but has gone 2-1 in that streak, including a unanimous decision win in April over Montrel James.
With this addition, the Bellator 282 lineup includes:
- Champion Gegard Mousasi vs. Johnny Eblen – for Middleweight Title
- Enrique Barzola vs. Magomed Magomedov – Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final
- Leandro Higo vs. Danny Sabatello – Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final
- Brent Primus vs. Alexander Shabliy
- Pam Sorenson vs. Cat Zingano
- Ilara Joanne vs. Alejandra Lara
- Dan Moret vs. Killys Mota
- Sabah Homasi vs. Maycon Mendoca
- Fabio Aguiar vs. Aaron Jeffery
- Bryce Logan vs. Mandel Nallo
- Lucas Brennan vs. Johnny Soto
- Kassius Kayne vs. Brennan Ward