Bellator Milan: James Gallagher vs Cal Ellenor Preview
By Dan McConnell
The Bellator European series returns in Milan tonight, with a whole host of Irish, UK and European fighters featuring throughout the card.
James ‘The Strabanimal’ Gallagher (10-1) finally takes on Cal ‘The Sunderland Strangler’ Ellenor (8-2¬) in a bout that has been scheduled four times.
This matchup has been a long time coming and one that seemed like it would never happen.
In September 2019, Ellenor was forced to pull out of Bellator Dublin due to injury, Gallagher would quickly defeat late replacement Roman Salazar via guillotine choke in the first round.
The contest was then re-booked for February 2020 but Gallagher was forced to withdraw this time due to a back injury. The bout was arranged a third time as co-main at Bellator London in June, but the event was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic being in full swing.
Gallagher and Ellenor will finally get to settle their beef inside the Allianz Cloud Arena this weekend. Both have big plans at 135-pounds with the Strabanimal setting his sights on newly-signed bantamweight Sergio Pettis, while Ellenor looks to put behind 18-months of hell with injuries, Covid and his Mum’s sad passing.
Also, on the pre-lims sees Bellator’s finest UK, Irish and European fighters contest in a blockbuster finish to the promotions two-week stay in Milan.
The Irish continue to takeover Milan with the ever-exciting Charlie Ward (8-4) who goes toe-to-toe with Estonian submission specialist Andy Manzolo in a middleweight contest. One of the most exciting strikers in the Bellator welterweight division sees Kiefer ‘BDK’ Crosbie (8-1) look to continue his unbeaten run against England’s Charlie Leary (16-11).
Sinead ‘KO’ Kavanagh (6-4) faces Germany’s Katharina Lehner (7-2) after defeating former title challenger Olga Rubin last time out. Scotland’s Chris Bungard (15-6) steps back inside the Bellator cage after falling at the hands of former champ Brent Primus last time out, and takes on France’s Aymard Guih (13-11).
The pre-lims are live on the Bellator Youtube channel from 6pm with the main-card live on Channel 5 at 10pm for UK fans.
Bellator Milan: Gallagher vs. Ellenor Fight Card:
Channel 5 (UK) | Virgin Media Two (Ireland)
10 p.m. BST
Bantamweight Main Event: James Gallagher (10-1) vs. Cal Ellenor (8-2)
Middleweight Co-Main Event: Charlie Ward (8-4) vs. Andy Manzolo (22-7)
160-lb. Contract Weight Feature Bout: Kiefer Crosbie (8-1) vs. Charlie Leary (16-11-1)
Updated Preliminary Card:
Bellator MMA’s YouTube Channel
5:45 p.m. BST
Light Heavyweight Bout: Karl Albrektsson (9-3) vs. David Trallero (9-5)
Featherweight Bout: Sinead Kavanagh (6-4) vs. Katharina Lehner (7-2)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Alessio Sakara (24-13, 2 NC) vs. Darwin Rodriguez (9-5)
Lightweight Bout: Chris Bungard (15-6) vs. Aymard Guih (13-11-1)
Welterweight Bout: Carlo Pedersoli Jr. (11-3) vs. Acoidan Duque (15-2)
Lightweight Bout: Robin van Roosmalen (2-0) vs. Nauzet Trujillo (Pro Debut)
Heavyweight Bout: Gokhan Saricam (4-1) vs. Joffie Houlton (1-0)
Featherweight Bout: Ashleigh Grimshaw (20-11-1, 3 NC) vs. Andrew Fisher (17-8-1)
Lightweight Bout: Kane Mousah (12-3) vs. Alessandro Botti (15-11)
Featherweight Bout: Asael Adjoudj (0-1) vs. Nathan Jessimer (1-1)
Welterweight Bout: Marek Jakimowicz (Pro Debut) vs. Curtis Dodge (Pro Debut)