Ward (7-3-0) is undefeated thus far under the Bellator MMA banner, defeating the four pack of John Redmond, Martin Hudson, Jamie Stephenson and Justin Moore. Ward went winless during a two fight stint in the UFC, dropping bouts to the duo of Abdul Razak Alhassan and Galore Bofando. Ward has suffered three losses as a professional MMA fighter and all of those defeats came by KO/TKO.
Penini (8-1-1-1NC) is making his Bellator MMA debut in this bout and does so on the strength of a two fight winning streak. Penini is the current Italian Cage Fighting Middleweight Champion, defeating Nihad Nasufovic to win the gold at ICF 6. Penini has competed a total of eleven times as a professional MMA fighter and three of those bouts went the distance.
Bellator 227 takes place on Friday, September 27 from the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland with Ben Henderson and Myles Jury headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs via tape delay on the Paramount Network.