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WATCH: James Gallagher KOd in Round 1 on Bellator return, takes first pro defeat

James Gallagher’s return to the Bellator cage ended in spectacular defeat for his first professional loss.

James Gallagher. Photo: Bellator/YouTube

If James Gallagher was bursting with confidence pre-fight, this morning might be something more of a reality check.

Bellator 204 was supposed to be the start of a run for the Bantamweight championship but it ended in spectacular fashion inside the first, handing the Strabanimal (7-1) his first pro defeat.

Gallagher hadn’t fought in over a year since his quick finish of Chinzo Machida at Bellator NYC last June. Injury ruled him out of a bout with Jeremiah Labiano last November and again with Adam Borics this past April.

The SBG bantamweight was knocked down twice in early exchanges, but a left hook kick to the chin midway through the first paved the way for Bandejas to get the finish.

Here’s another take from FOX Sports Argentina.

Everyone will know who Ricky Bandejas (12-1) is now according to Gallagher’s post to Instagram in the aftermath of Friday night’s stunning defeat.

While the SBG man went in on his shield, he says he went out on it, and he’ll be right back in the thick of things.

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He caught me I got beat fair a square. I’m 21 years old I’m still a fucking animal I will be back!! I love this game. It’s what I do. I’m down but not broke he caught me lucky I got clipped I went In on my Shield I’ll go out on it. I’m an animal. Fair play to him the whole game knows him now. Let’s go again. I’m coming back! Thank you everyone for all the support. To everyone glad fuck you haha I just got paid your years salary for doing something I love. I put my money where my mouth is! Thanks for the support I’ll be back December. There’s no one who has done what I have at 21 years old. I’m still that cocky mother fucker I am when I win and I’m still that cocky mother fucker when I loose. Thank you to everyone whose behind me

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“He caught me I got beat fair a square. I’m 21 years old I’m still a fucking animal I will be back!! I love this game. It’s what I do. I’m down but not broke he caught me lucky I got clipped I went In on my Shield I’ll go out on it. I’m an animal. Fair play to him the whole game knows him now. Let’s go again. I’m coming back! Thank you everyone for all the support. To everyone glad fuck you haha I just got paid your years salary for doing something I love. I put my money where my mouth is! Thanks for the support I’ll be back December. There’s no one who has done what I have at 21 years old. I’m still that cocky mother fucker I am when I win and I’m still that cocky mother fucker when I loose. Thank you to everyone whose behind me”

Bellator’s next outing is Bellator 205, booked for Friday 21 September, available to wach live on Paramount.

For more videos and full fight results see Bellator.com.

 

Radio broadcaster, podcaster, fight fan cutting his teeth in BJJ. Slowly building MMA Charge. Known to write a lot about rugby, GAA and all things food.

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