Saturday afternoon saw a packed house in Dublin, Ireland, as Bellator 217 took place in the 3Arena. For the most part, the card consisted of SBG Ireland fighters, headlined by James Gallagher against heavy underdog Steven Graham. As expected, Gallagher got back on track after suffering a shock KO loss to Ricky Bandejas. The Irishman was able to take the back, lock in a body-triangle, and get a standing rear-naked choke just halfway through round one. Gallagher improves to 7-1 in his career, and he could move up to featherweight to participate in Bellator’s upcoming sixteen-man tournament.
The co-main event was a split decision win for former SBG fighter Myles Price over Peter Queally, while undefeated prospect Kiefer Crosbie picked up his own rear-naked choke finish, getting past Daniel Olejniczak in the opening round. He showcased both his striking and his grappling on his way to his sixth win in as many pro bouts.
In the main card opener, former TUF competitor and one-time UFC fighter Richie Smullen got off to a positive start in his Belator MMA career, as he dominated Adam Gustab with his takedowns and grappling abilities to get a shutout win on the scorecards.
Watch the highlights at the top of the page.
The full results are as follows:
James Gallagher def. Steven Graham via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:30 of round 1.
Myles Price def. Peter Queally via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Kiefer Crosbie def. Daniel Olejniczak via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:08 of round 1.
Richie Smullen def. Adam Gustab via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).
Preliminary Card (via MMA Fighting)
Charlie Ward def. Jamie Stephenson via KO (strikes) in R1.
Paul Redmond def. Charlie Leary via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Richard Kiely def. Mickael Bucher via TKO (strikes) in R1.
Walter Gahadza def. Ruben Crawford via TKO (strikes) in R1.
Ryan Curtis def. Luis Gonzalez via TKO (strikes) in R1.
Leah McCourt def. Hatice Ozyurt via TKO (doctor stoppage) in R1.
Olga Rubin def. Iony Razafiarison via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Will Fleury def. Shaun Taylor via submission (rear-naked choke) in R2.
Alfie Davies vs. Daniele Scatizzi via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Chris Duncan def. Sam Slater via TKO (strikes) in R1.
Dylan Logan def. Andrew Murphy via submission (armbar) in R1.
George Courtney def. Ian Cleary via submission (guillotine) in R1.