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Line-up announced as MMA returns to Belfast next month

By Adam McKendry

Bushmills fighter Norman "Stormin'" Parke will be part of the co-main event when top-level MMA fighting returns to the SSE Arena in Belfast on June 9.

Bahrain-based promotions company Brave Combat Federation will stage their first card in Europe when their top fighters arrive at the arena next month, with Parke fighting Irish rival Myles Price in the lightweight division.

It's the first time top-level MMA will be contested in Belfast since BAMMA and Bellator co-staged an event at the SSE Arena in February 2017, and on that occasion Parke also fought at the top of the bill fighting Paul Redmond on the BAMMA side of the event.

This time the Co Antrim man - who has a 24-6 record - will enter the octagon for a rematch with "Magic" Price, who recently defeated Phil Raeburn at BAMMA 35 in Dublin and holds a record of 10-6.

Last time the two met it was Parke who came out on top, winning a unanimous decision in February 2010 at Cage Contender 3 in Carrickfergus.

The main event at Brave 13 in Belfast will see bantamweight champion Stephen "The Sniper" Loman (9-2) of the Philippines defend his title against Irish challenger Frans Mlambo (5-2).

The pair have also met once before, back in September 2016 at Brave 1, where Loman came out on top by a unanimous decision.

Newtownards fighter Andy "Taz" Young is also on the card, fighting Liverpool's Bryan "The Big Bad Wolf" Creighton in a flyweight bout, while Karl "Psycho" Amoussou and Rodrigo Cavalheiro face off in a welterweight clash.

Other local fighters in action include Belfast man Decky "The Diamond" Dalton, Fermanagh's Glenn "The Beast" Irvine and Adam Byrne.

The entire card will be broadcast on Abu Dhabi Sports, Combate, Star Stat and VodaComm, while tickets are still available from Ticketmaster or by calling the SSE Arena Box Office on 028 9073 9074.

Full card

Main card

Stephen Loman vs. Frans Mlambo (Bantamweight World Title)

Norman Parke vs. Myles Price (Catchweight (73kg))

Karl Amoussou vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro (Welterweight)

Andy Young vs. Bryan Creighton (Flyweight)

Decky Dalton vs. Zach Zane (Featherweight)

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs. Sidney Wheeler (Catchweight)

Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady vs. Erik Carlsson (Lightweight)

Undercard

Konrad Iwanowski vs. Glenn Irvine (Middleweight)

Tarek Suleiman vs. Chad Hanekom (Middleweight)

Cian Cowley vs. Oktawian Olejniczak (Catchweight (73kg))

Ben Bennett vs. Adam Byrne (Catchweight (79kg))

Piotr Tokarski vs. Sam Slater (Featherweight)

Aidan James vs. Tommy Martin (Featherweight)

Jonathan Reid vs. Constantin Gnusarev (Lightweight)

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