Bellator MMA returned to Ireland as Bellator 227 went down at the 3Arena in Dublin, and James Gallagher made the most of the hometown opportunity.
The main event of the evening saw Gallagher (10-1) facing Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roman Salazar. The Irishman finished his opponent at just 35 seconds of the opening stanza with a slick guillotine ghoke. Gallagher is now is on a three-bout winning streak, after defeating Jeremiah Labiano by unanimous decision and submitting Steven Graham via rear-naked choke in the first stanza.
In the co-main event of the evening, local fan favorite Danni Neilan (1-0) successfully made her MMA pro debut by defeating Camila Rivarola. Neilan controlled the fight early as the home crowd really got behind her. After quite a balanced second round, Neilan took her opponent down in the third before scoring some heavy shots on the ground. Generally, the Irish fighter displayed overall better skills than her opponent, and the judges awarded her a unanimous decision.
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Michael "Venom" Page stops rival Richard Kiely in the very first round. An incredible win for MVP.
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In a 170-pound bout, Michael Page (15-1) taught a hard lesson to Dublin’s own Richard Kiely. Page sent his opponent to the canvas for good just 2 minutes and 42 seconds into the opening stanza, which was somehow still enough time to garner two warnings from referee Dan Miragliotta for taunting, the second of which carried with it a point deduction. Kiely tried his best, but the wasn’t able to land a single shot on “MVP,” who put an end to the one-sided farce with a flying knee. After the fight, Page called out Douglas Lima, the fighter who inflicted the first and only defeat in his pro career.
In the opening bout of the main card, Peter Queally (12-5-1) smashed Ryan Scope via TKO in the second stanza of their lightweight encounter.