Bellator confirmed the preliminary contest to MMA Fighting Thursday.
Rose (7-2-0) suffered a shock loss in his last trip to the Bellator cage when he was defeated by debutant and M4TC champion, Luke Ord. Ord was awarded a unanimous decision win after going three rounds with the Londoner. The loss marked Rose’s second trip to the Bellator cage following his successful debut in which he stopped Ranjeet Baria in the final second of the first round of their Newcastle bout.
Hardwick (4-2-0) will make his Bellator debut on the night and has a common opponent with Rose in Ord. “Houdini” met Ord for the vacant M4TC featherweight title in June 2018 and suffered a split decision loss. Hardwick went on to claim the same title in his last outing following Ord’s move to Bellator when he stopped Cameron Hardy with a guillotine choke.