Bellator 217 Live Results: Gallagher vs. Graham

MiddleEasy is here to cover Bellator Dublin live.

First up we have: Ian Cleary (1-1) VS George Courtney (Debut):

Round 1: 10-9 to Courtney who landed repeated low kicks and body shots. Cleary seems to be having issues closing the distance on his opponent(Though he did land a 1-2 combo that shocked Courtney)

Round 2: 10-9 Cleary: I’ve given this round to Cleary or ‘Spud’ as the crowd know him as. He used offensive wrestling that round to grind out Courtney. ‘Spud’ also landed some sweet elbows at the end to the secure it.

Round 3: FINISH Round 3 Submission: Courtney secures a guillotine from the bottom to get the finish. What a comeback after being previously wrestled to death in that last round.

Next up Dylan Logan (2-3) VS Andrew Murphy (1-2):

Round 1: FINISH: First round submission finish for Dylan Logan who wins by arm-bar. He went for multiple submissions throughout as soon as he got it to the ground, but managed to secure the submission by transitioning from the back to the bottom of full guard.

Next up we have Sam Slater (2-0) VS Chris Duncan (3-0).

Rumour has it that Slater is the next big prospect out of SBG but here he has a big challenge against Duncan who had a pretty decent amateur career.

Round 1: FINISH: Sam Slater gets TKOed on the feet in the first round by Duncan who dominated all throughout. Though Slater landed some crazy elbows and spinning shit; it wasn’t enough.

Slight break; but now it’s Alfie Davis (10-3) VS Daniele Scatizzi (9-4):

Round 1: 10-9 Davis. Wrestling exchanges back and forth for both guys, Perhaps lean towards Alfie Davis; though I really wouldn’t be surprised if that round ended up going to Daniele.

Round 2: 10-9 Scatizzi; petty tight round yet Scatizzi managed to land better shots and get a takedown, which nudges it for him in my books.

Round 3: 10-9 Davis; another extremely close round. Towards the end Davis just seemed to be the better, more composed fighter in there. (I’ve scored it 29-28 for Davis but really it’s either guys fight): two judges agree with me, one has it 30-27. Alfie wins decision.

Now we have Will Fleury (4-1) VS Shaun Taylor (8-1)

Fleury kicks things off with a ‘We will rock you’ soundtrack; which creates an electric atmosphere.

Round 1: 10-9 to Fleury, who out-lands his opponent and lands decent ground and pound to snatch the first round.

Round 2: Finish: Fleury takes it to the ground and secures a 2nd round finish by rear naked choked from back mount.

Up next is Olga Rubin (3-0) VS Iony Razafiarison (6-1):

Round 1: 10-9 Iony: who manages to land the more significant strikes in this round. Iony also seems to be more active and landed a big slam (Though nothing good became of it), i still think she secures this round in my eyes based on output and a calf kick.

Round 2:10-9 Iony: She once again uses her wrestling to grind on Olga, Iony just seems like the better more physically strong competitor in there, it will be interesting to see how Olga changes up the gameplan heading into the 3rd round.

Round 3: 10-9 Olga: who manages to take the fight up against the cage most of the round and land a few significant strikes there. Overall I have it scored 29-28 for Iony based on her superior wrestling. (Judges disagree with me scoring it 29-28 for Olga, the crowd isn’t impressed)

Leah McCourt (1-1) VS Hatice Ozyurt (2-6) Yes (2-6)

Round 1: 10-8 Leah McCourt This fight is playing out a little like Cris Cyborg VS Jan Finney, with McCourt just absolutely annihilating her on the ground with elbows and strikes from top mount.

Round 2: FINISH: Corner stoppage as Hatice can’t continue.

Ryan Curtis (4-1) VS Luis Gonzalez (8-4) 

Round 1: FINISH: This is an absolute dog fight with Gonzalez getting dropped and rocked on so many occasions, with a knee and a one-two combo sending Gonzalez down, despite hanging in tough and seeking multiple submissions; Gonzalez couldn’t last, getting finished by ground and pound with just one single second left of the first round. Easily the best fight of the night.

Walter Gahadza (17-2) VS Ruben Crawford (16-3)

Round 1:FINISH: Walter Gahza TKOs him in the first round. Ruben goes down from a Rousey-Holm esque headkick then Walter dives on him to get the finish. Walter was dominant most of the fight leading up to the finish; using elbows and kicks to punish Ruben everytime he tried to gauge the distance.

Richard Kiely (2-1) VS Mickael Bucher (3-4)

Round 1: FINISH: Richard Kiely and Mickael Bucher engage in an absolute slugfest with Kiely dropping the frenchman with a huge right overhand towards the end of the round. As soon as Bucher hit the mat, the irishman swarmed on him for the quick finish.

Paul Redmond (14-8) VS Charlie Leary (15-9-1)

Round 1: 10-9 Paul Redmond: Redmond sparred no time in dragging this fight to the canvas. After securing an early takedown he proceeded to showcase his Jiu-Jitsu skills by repeatedly attacking a rear naked choke with mixed success.

Round 2: 10-9 Charlie Leary: Charlie managed to land a few big uppercuts that round that made caught Redmond off guard. Though Redmond took the fight to the canvas he lacked to give out any sufficient damage

Round 3: 10-9 Charlie Leary: VERY close round there with Charlie getting taken down early, although Redmond continually attacks the neck, he lacked to really do any sufficient damage in comparison to Leary who rained down hammer-fists towards the end. I think the late flurry will lean it towards Leary. (Judges have it 28-28 Paul Redmond, I was wrong)

Charlie Ward (5-3) VS Jamie Stephenson (4-2)

Round 1: FINISH: Charlie Ward lands a murder blow of a left hook to finish Stephenson just a few seconds into the first round. Genuinely amazing. Stephenson has been down for maybe five minutes.

Main Card Time: Richie Smullen (3-1-1) VS Adam Gustab (3-3)

Round 1: 10-9 Richie Smullen: Smullen quickly dragged Gustab to the ground and from there, proceeded to land some small ground and pound strikes whilst also challenging for some rear naked chokes; though he had no success in getting anything locked in.

Round 2: 10-9 Richie Smullen: Another round of pure ground dominance by Smullen who has been less damaging this round yet still far more controlling than he previously was. He spent most of it primarily in mount repeatedly attacking chokes.

Round 3: 10-9 Smullen: Despite Gustab getting the better of the striking exchanges in the first few minutes, Smullen bounced back by dragging Gustab down to the canvas. Whilst down there he used his ground and pound and attacked a Kimura but was unsuccessful. Altogether another round of dominance for Smullen. Should be an easy decision victory for Smullen.

Kiefer Crosbie (5-0) VS Daniel Olejniczak (3-2-1)

Round 1: FINISH: Kiefer gets the finish from a rear naked choke after dropping Daniel with a slick combo just four minutes in. Kiefer seemed to be having issues finding the range at the beginning but soon got into the groove of things by dropping Daniel and jumping on him, seeking the choke.

Peter Queally (11-4-1) VS Myles Price (10-7)

Round 1: 10-9 Myles Price: Price has been really pushing the action, fighting a tight distance dog fight against Peter. Myles has been getting the better of the clinch exchanges. So I’ve given him this round.

Round 2:10-9 Myles Price: Another round of Myles showcasing his wrestling. He had control most of that round and managed to land some good shots when not grappling. Myles is getting tired and leaving his chin way up in the air when striking, it may cost him.

Round 3: 10-9 Myles Price: A tighter round but Myles certainly earned this one, winning with a flurry at the end and attacking for multiple chokes as soon as he hit the canvass. I’d imagine he’d win this easily. (Judges have it as a split decision with Price edging it 29-28 on two scorecards)

James Gallagher (7-1) VS Steven Graham (6-3)

Round 1: FINISH: James Gallagher secures the first round rear naked choke from standing back mount. Dominant performance all round from the ‘StrabanimalMMA.’

Published on February 23, 2019 at 9:19 am
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