#5-Leah McCourt (7-2) defeated #7-Dayana Silva (10-8) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Monster Energy’s Leah “The Curse” McCourt (7-2) came to Dublin looking to get back into the win column after suffering a decision loss against Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 275 in February 2022. Her opponent, Brazilian Dayana Silva (10-8), had previously defeated Janay Harding at Bellator 279 in April.
From the start, McCourt looked sharp and brought the pressure with controlled low kicks and a dangerous high kick that put her opponent on notice. When both fighters engaged in a clinch, Silva felt the full impact of McCourt’s grappling ability. After landing a heavy combo, McCourt closed the round with a quick takedown that left Silva hanging on until the bell.
Although the facial bleeding intensified in round three, McCourt kept defending against a reinvigorated Silva. The Brazilian was swinging wildly, trying to cause maximum damage, but McCourt interfered with well-timed takedown attempts and landed punishing knees to the body. Right before the end of the fight, McCourt landed a series of impactful shots and was pronounced the winner by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).