BRIAN MOORE is heading beyond the Iron Curtain in a bid to win his fourth consecutive Bellator bout on Saturday evening, with Moscow the venue for his 22nd pro outing against home up-and-comer Nikita Mikhailov.
The 34-year-old Slaneysider, who has not lost in the Octagon since 2018, is looking to continue his march towards a big contest, against a ranked opponent, with another technically superior, dominant performance.
Moore, who dismissed Jordan Winski with a devastating domination in July, will take his record to 15-7 if he can successfully get the better of a Russian who has been a bit of a stranger to the professional circuit since April 2019.
Mikhailov is a difficult assignment for Moore as he has no real exposure to the top tier of the sport and has been flying under the radar.
He has no previous Bellator bout, meaning this is the biggest fight of his life, in front of what promises to be a partisan home crowd.
It shows the self-belief and mental strength of the Pikeman, that he would agree to walking into the lion’s den with so many question marks.
However, fighting out of SBG Ireland, one would expect plenty of digging has gone into Mikhailov and his strengths and weaknesses.
The Russian has a seven win, one loss record on his resume from smaller events but should not be underestimated.
Yet all known form suggests Moore should take the victory and be in consideration for an exciting bout on a main card in 2022.