James Gallagher with first-round finish at Bellator Europe 9

Irish bantamweight contender James Gallagher managed to pull off another first-round finish as he submitted Cal Ellenor in the main event of Bellator Europe 9 on Saturday in Milan, Italy.

Gallagher (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) dominated the fight with his grappling as he swiftly took Ellenor’s back after the first takedown, then locked up a tight body triangle.

He didn’t let go as he spent the remainder of the fight working for an opening to lock up a rear-naked choke.

Bellator Europe 9: Official results


James Gallagher def. Cal Ellenor via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:31

Charlie Ward def. Andy Manzolo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Charlie Leary def. Kiefer Crosbie via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00


Sinead Kavanagh def. Katharina Lehner via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Aymard Guih def. Chris Bungard via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Acoidan Duque def. Carlo Pedersoli Jr. via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Gokhan Saricam def. Joffie Houlton via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:52

Andrew Fisher def. Ashleigh Grimshaw via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Kane Mousah def. Alessandro Botti via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Asael Adjoudj def. Nathan Jessimer via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 2:58

Marek Jakimowicz def. Curtis Dodge via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 4:45

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