Bellator 158 Update: 19-Year-Old Prospect James Gallagher Faces Mike Cutting on Main Card

By Sherdog.com Staff Jun 20, 2016
Bellator MMA has added another main-card contest to its inaugural London event, as 19-year-old Irish prospect James Gallagher is set to face England’s Mike Cutting in a three-round featherweight bout.

Bellator officials on Monday announced the latest matchup for Bellator 158, which takes place July 16 at London’s O2 Arena. The 145-pound tilt joins other featured fights such as Paul Daley versus Douglas Lima and Michael Page versus Evangelista Santos.

A native of Northern Ireland, Gallagher currently trains alongside UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland in Dublin. The owner of a 3-0 professional record, “The Strabanimal” scored a first-round submission against Gerard Gilmore in February and subsequently signed with Bellator in April. Gallagher was slated to fight once more in Ireland before departing for Bellator, but his June 4 meeting with Sean Tobin was nixed when BAMMA postponed the event over safety concerns.

Another BAMMA competitor, Cutting will enter his Bellator debut looking to launch his first winning streak since 2012. “Gip” has alternated wins and losses in his last eight outings, most recently dropping a unanimous decision against Declan Dalton in February.

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