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.
James Gallagher dominant in submission win at Bellator Europe 9 https://t.co/0cE72QuWmN pic.twitter.com/acJDtyhlQx
— Ankur Dhariwal (@ankurdhariwal81) October 4, 2020
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