Conor McGregor’s Teammate Just Got Knocked Out Cold at Bellator 204
Bellator bantamweight James Gallagher’s (7-1) meteoric rise to the top of the division came to a crashing halt last night as a suffered a brutal KO at the hands of Ricky Bandejas. (11-1)
Gallagher, who trains at the Straight Blast Gym Ireland has inevitably drawn comparisons to fellow SBG megastar Conor McGregor for his tattoos, trash talk, and unshakable self-confidence.
However, while McGregor has shown that he does his best work when at striking distance, Gallagher has proven to be more of a submission specialist, with six of his seven pro wins coming by way of tap out.
Prior to this fight, Gallagher had defeated fellow Bellator prospect Chinzo Machida (brother of former UFC Champion Lyoto) by first round submission.
Since then Gallagher has struggled to get a fight booked, and has had to pull out of his previous two scheduled contests as a result of injuries.
When Gallagher was matched up with Bellator debutant Bandejas, many thought the result was a foregone conclusion.
Gallagher even made a point of getting in his opponents face prior to the fight, with a very McGregor-esque display of showmanship.
Bandejas, however, would have the last laugh.
The American demonstrated great takedown defence to prevent Gallagher from dragging the contest into his preferred area and punished his opponent regularly with hard strikes.
Gallagher hadn’t fought in 14 months a result of his various injuries and it really showed. The Irish prospect appeared to struggle to get his timing on the feet and was dropped by a crisp right hand early into the fight.
Bandejas continued landing clean strikes on his clearly rocked opponent including a spectacular sweet-chin-music style sidekick to the face that sent Gallagher crashing to the canvas. From there Bandejas poured on the pressure with some heavy ground and pound forcing the referee to stop the fight at just 2:49 of the first round.
Bandejas would then get some revenge for Gallagher’s antics prior to the fight by shouting at his clearly concussed opponent as the referee stopped the bout.
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