Irish MMA star Ciaran Clarke focused on Bellator 291 bout in Dublin against Keir Harvie in February ahead of bumper 2023

CIARAN CLARKE is fully focused on his next opponent when Bellator returns to Dublin in February.

The Drogheda brawler is looking to build on a stellar 2022 – where he won both his fights – to move to 6-0 as a professional.


Ciaran Clarke celebrates after defeating Rafael Hudson in DublinCredit: Sportsfile

Speaking exclusively to SunSport and reflecting on the past year, he said: “I suppose looking back I was very happy to get the two wins.

“Obviously I suppose the middle part of the year would have been the summer and I was planning to hopefully get one in between them (two wins) – maybe abroad – but just the way it worked out.

“So, hopefully next year I’d love to get the February one out of the way – please God get the win – another one in the summer and then I think they’re looking at two shows every year in Dublin so that’s great.

“Two in Dublin – one at the start of the year and one at the end – and in between somewhere abroad – I’d love a timeline like that.”

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Keir Harvie, 5-2-1, is up next for the Irishman at Bellator 291 next February and having seen him around the European circuit – Clarke is confident he can get the win.

He said: “Out of all my professional fights, it’s the most footage I could find on someone so that was great.

“I did know a bit about him beforehand anyway, just from the circuit.

“Obviously the same weight-class, fights in Europe so I’d imagine I was going to bump into him at some point so I kind of knew a bit about him.


“He’s going to go in there to make a statement in Dublin for Bellator but from what I’ve watched of him – I’m happy enough.

“I think a win over Harvie really sets me up for the summer – maybe a fight in the states or maybe something else for Bellator in Europe – that’s the plan anyway so as I said, I have to beat Harvie first of all and that’s all I’m focused on at the minute.”

This Friday, a documentary charting Clarke’s rise through the MMA ranks will be premiered at the Barbican in Drogheda – with all proceeds going to

Clarke partnered up with Jamie Sherry from Manifest Media who is producing the documentary and admitted he took some persuading at first.

Clarke said: “Jamie Sherry – he basically did a video on me last year and he was buzzing with it – he was very happy with it. He got a great response and he’s delighted with it.

And, given the success of the first video – the pair decided to work together again.

“I was ‘humming and hawing’ about the idea at the start about doing the documentary – if it was coming up to my fight – he’d have to follow me for 15 weeks and I’d be very regimental and stuff and the time when you’d be recovering from sessions – I’d be more of an introvert myself – I’d like to be on my own and chill out and that kind of a thing but it was a bit of a change for me but to be honest, actually getting to know Jamie, I became friends with him and got close to him and stuff so that was a benefit from it.”

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