Over and done in less than a minute… James Gallagher showed how there are levels to the MMA game…

James Gallagher gets a lot of stick for his similarities to Conor McGregor. Some of it is a bit unfair, while other criticisms are justifiable. However, ‘The Strabanimal’ is definitely his own man though and an exceptional MMA talent. Fighting on Bellator’s stacked card at the weekend in Dublin, he made a statement with a brilliant first-round win.

Gallagher fought the late replacement Roman Salazar on the Dublin card. It was a huge moment for the young Irishman, who walked out in front of his countrymen. ‘Jimmy’ is a big personality and he had the place on its feet as he came out to the cage.

All-in-all it was a good night for SBG Dublin who had a ridiculous number of fighters on the card. Meanwhile, in the main event, Benson Henderson outpointed Myles Jury to take the win in a tepid clash. To sum up, it was a wild night in Dublin’s 3Arena.

Great Win

Love him or loathe him, Gallagher is definitely a polarising personality. However, as he matures, he’ll become even more exciting to watch. There’s really not that much to say about this one other than he sunk a guillotine into Roman Salazar in less than a minute. It was over in 15 seconds, but the referee didn’t notice Salazar tapping so it went on longer than necessary.

Elsewhere on the card, Kiefer Crosbie fought Hugo Pereira. The most noteworthy part of this fight was Conor McGregor standing beside the cage shouting instructions. He’d do the same for Peter Queally, who secured a remarkable comeback win over Ryan Scope, after almost getting finished.

However, Richard Kiely got smashed up by Michael ‘Venom’ Page. This total mismatch ended by flying knee. It shouldn’t have been allowed to happen, but anyway, Page extends his record to 13 wins and 1 loss. Afterwards, he demanded a rematch with Douglas Lima. Not happening.

Main Event

Meanwhile, in the main event, Benson Henderson outpointed Bellator debutant Myles Jury. In short, it was a very boring fight. Henderson promised the Irish fans that he would be back to put on a proper show for them. To be honest, it’s unlikely that they’ll be that crazy for him to return.

The former UFC lightweight champion clearly outpointed Jury, with kicks to his legs and succinct combinations. However, the problem was that Jury fought very defensively so that it was difficult for Henderson to look good against him. To sum up, it’s not a fight that will stand long in anybody’s memory.

But, it definitely does move Henderson one step closer to a title shot.  would love to be a champion in two promotions. Eddie Alvarez was the first fighter to become a champ in both Bellator and the UFC. However, Henderson would love to emulate him.


For main card results from a night of action in Dublin see below:

Main Card:

Benson Henderson def. Myles Jury via Unanimous Decision

Kiefer Crosbie def. Hugo Pereira via Unanimous Decision

Norbert Novenyi Jr. def. Will Fleury via Unanimous Decision

Leah McCourt def. Kerry Hughes via submission.

Frans Mlambo def. Dominique Wooding via Unanimous Decision

James Gallagher def. Roman Salazar via submission.

Danni Neilan def. Camila Rivarola via unanimous decision.

Michael Page def. Richard Kiely via KO.

Peter Queally def. Ryan Scope via TKO.

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