Bellator Euro Series Dublin: Gallagher vs Graham Betting Odds

Bellator Euro Series Dublin: Gallagher vs Graham Betting Odds

Highly technical, smart and with a load of personality, Ireland’s James Gallagher (7-1) steps into the octagon this weekend to take on Steven Graham in a Bellator bantamweight showdown. Gallagher recently suffered the first loss of his career after having been knocked out by Ricky Bandejas in Bellator 204 and will be looking for a big rebound in Dublin in front of his home crowd, which should turn out to be a massive draw for Bellator.

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“To get these kinds of opportunities you have to bring something to the table; not only can I fight but I can pull a crowd,” said Gallagher.

Graham (6-3) is fighting for the first time in Bellator. He is from Kansas, USA and is a brown belt in Ju-Jitsu, which will be tested by the excellent ground game of Gallagher. Graham is riding a five-fight win streak, the most recent being a second-round submission on Johnnie Roades in September of last year. This will be Graham’s Bellator debut.

“I’m really ready for all of this to happen and its something that I have always seen happening since I started when I was 18, this was always the goal, always the plan. And that’s ok.” Graham said. “I see me finishing him somehow in the first round.”

Gallagher’s loss last fight to Ricky Bandejas came as a surprise to almost anyone who has been following Gallagher’s career; he had been on a rapid ascension as a protégé of Connor McGregor. After riding a ten-fight win streak, Gallagher lost in the first round to Bandejas at Bellator 204, and this fight has been set up as being Gallagher’s comeback fight in front of a raucous home crowd Technique, submission work, ground game, and national pride will all be on the line for this one. Both fighters are very similar in all aspects, except for the profile of Gallagher, who has caught international attention thanks to his high profile fights and swaggering, McGregor-esque personality.

Graham, on the other hand, comes into the fight knowing that he is the underdog, but also that the matchup provides him with the career opportunity he has been waiting for all his life. Should he win this match, he could realistically go on to contend for the bantamweight title within 2 or 3 more fights.

Both fighters are listed at 5’9, 135 lbs. Gallagher has been fighting as a pro for 8 years, having completed 12.6 rounds. Graham, while 6 years older than Gallagher, has only been competing as a pro for 3 years and has completed 4.4 rounds as a professional. Five of his wins have come from submissions, the other from a TKO back in January of last year against AJ Kimzey in the first round.