DONEGAL mixed martial artist Darragh Kelly says he wants to make waves in the pro ranks.
The Moville man, who has a 9-0 record as an amateur, will make his professional debut at Bellator 270 in Dublin’s 3Arena on November 5.
The card will be headlined by Strabane’s James Gallagher (11-1) racing Patchy Mix (14-1) in a bantamweight bout.
Kelly will face Junior Morgan, a 3-0 fighter whose most recent win came against Fabrice Yagoue in September 2019.
“I’ll have plenty of eyes on me and look forward to making a statement,” Kelly told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.
“Getting the Bellator deal signed is a massive step for me getting to make my pro debut in the big leagues on such a massive card.”
In June, Kelly defeated Solomon Simon via a round two submission to capture the lightweight title at Clan Wars 39.
Last February, he won the featherweight title with a stoppage of Carl Gallagher.
Kelly signed with John Kavanagh’s Straight Blast Gym and overcame Abdullghahar Tajik in Germany following the triumph over Gallagher.
Already, he has big plans.
Kelly said: “Over the next 12 months I want to remain undefeated in the pro ranks and hopefully get at least three or four under my belt and really show that I’m a big Irish prospect coming through.
“It’ll be a massive occasion. I’m looking forward to a few hundred people from Donegal landing into the 3Arena and making some noise.”