James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor Announced as Bellator: Dublin Main Event in September

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Ireland’s James Gallagher is back in the headlining slot at Bellator: Dublin this September, where he’ll face fellow bantamweight prospect Cal Ellenor.

Fresh off a win over Jeremiah Labiano at Bellator 223 in New York City, Ireland’s own James Gallagher has his next fight booked — at home. In a press release Wednesday, Bellator officials announced that Gallagher (9-1) would face Cal Ellenor (8-2) in the main event of Bellator: Dublin this September.

The event serves as part of the Viacom-owned promotion’s ongoing European series.

Prior to the Labiano fight, James Gallagher had returned to the win column with a submission of Steven Graham at Bellator 214. A teammate of Conor McGregor at SBG Ireland, the bantamweight’s only stumble to date came against Ricky Bandejas last August that saw the ‘StrabAnimal’ floored with a head kick.

Cal Ellenor, meanwhile, made his Bellator MMA debut at Bellator: Newcastle in February, earning a first round submission over Nathan Greyson. Overall, Ellenor is 3-1 across his past four fights. A native of Sunderland, England, he will be wandering into Gallagher’s back yard in Dublin.

No other fights have been officially announced for the Bellator: Dublin card as of yet. However, MMA Fighting reported Thursday that a number of bouts had been confirmed to them by the promotion. Those are:

Peter Queally vs. Ryan Scope
Lee Chadwick vs. Karl Moore
Frans Mlambo vs. Dominique Wooding
Philip Mulpeter vs. Keith McCabe
Richie Smullen vs. Sean Tobin
Dylan Logan vs. Adam Gustab
Constatin Gnusariev vs. Ian Coughlan

The event takes place Friday, September 27 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

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