The fine folks at Bellator took their cage on the road, setting up shop in Dublin, Ireland for a pair of events today. Here you’ll find the Bellator 227 results and some breakdowns on the main card fights. You can also check out the Bellator 227 preview article we posted here.
Bellator Europe Main Card Recaps
James Gallagher def. Roman Salazar via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:35 of Round 1.
Recap: It took Gallagher just over half a minute to wrap this one up in a nice little bow. After the two stood for a few moments, Gallagher missed a jumping knee and Roman Salazar shot in for a takedown. Gallagher immediately locked in a tight Guillotine Choke and forced the quick tap from Salazar.
Michael Page def. Richard Kiely via KO (Flying Knee) at 2:47 of Round 1.
Recap: “Venom” toyed with and dominated the fight both standing and on the canvas. At one point referee Dan Miragliotta halted the action and took a point from Page for taunting. After the standup, Page landed a crisp jumping knee and that was a wrap. Fairly standard stuff from “MVP.”
Peter Queally def. Ryan Scope via TKO (Punches) at 3:07 of Round 2.
Recap: This was one heck of a fight to kick things off on the Bellator Dublin card. Queally is wildly popular in Ireland and showed why again tonight with a come from behind win for the ages. Ryan Scope controlled the action in the first round and dropped Queally in the second round with a head kick. From there it was survival mode for Queally who fought off multiple submission attempts and some heavy ground and pound before sweeping Scope. Shortly thereafter, Queally landed some heavy shots and scored the improbable come from behind victory. It was a huge win for Queally and a bitter pill for Scope to try and choke down.
Bellator 227 Main Card Recaps
Benson Henderson def. Myles Jury via Unanimous Decision.
Recap: This fight was controlled by Henderson as he led nearly start to finish. He connected with a big right hand in the first and a big left in the second round. Jury ate the shots well and seemed content to stay on the outside and attempt to land the occasional counter. The game plan seemed to frustrate Henderson, but he controlled the action and won a unanimous decision (30-27) on all cards.
Kiefer Crosbie def. Hugo Pereira via Unanimous Decision.
Recap: The entrance of Kiefer Crosbie was arguably the most exciting aspect of this fight. He was joined at cageside by his friend and training partner Conor McGregor, and the fans were going nuts. He fought pretty cautiously against late replacement Hugo Pereira but used cage control and leg kicks to keep things going his way. In the end, the judges awarded him the victory via unanimous decision.
Norbert Novenyi Jr. def. Will Fleury via Unanimous Decision.
Recap: I’ll tell you what, Norbert Novenyi Jr. might only be nineteen years old, but he’s got a lot of talent and will be a star. He is known as primarily having a wrestling background, but his striking was on point as he battered and dropped Will Fleury multiple times during their three rounds of action. Fleury was always determined and he fought his way from the edge of defeat on multiple occasions but never did nearly enough to sway the judges. It was a clear unanimous decision victory for Nevenyi Jr. I expect big things from him in the future.
Leah McCourt def. Kerry Hughes via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:14 of Round 1.
Recap: Both fighters attempted to land their strikes early in the round, but Leah McCourt seemed to land the bigger, more damaging shots. The two fighters clinched and McCourt executed a perfect throw and took the fight to the canvas. After landing some big shots on the mat, Leah McCourt transitioned to the back and sunk in a very tight rear-naked choke. It didn’t long and Kerry Hughes was tapping. Leah could be a future Featherweight opponent for newly signed Cris Cyborg.
Frans Mlambo def. Dominique Wooding via Unanimous Decision.
Recap: Solid fight that saw “The Black Mamba” Frans Mlambo earn a unanimous decision over Dominque Wooding. Mlambo landed a telling shot that dropped Wooding, but he recovered quickly. Mlambo did his best work on the canvas, landing punches and elbows on Wooding. It was an entertaining bout and a big win for Mlambo who earned all three rounds on all three judges scorecards.
Constantin Gnusariov def. Ian Coughlan via Unanimous Decision.
Philip Mulpeter def. Keith McCabe via Split Decision.
Richie Smullen def. Sean Tobin via Rear Naked Choke at 2:43 of Round 1.
Dylan Logan def. Adam Gustab via Triangle Choke at 2:14 of Round 2.
Karl Moore def. Lee Chadwick via Split Decision.
Danni Neilan def. Camila Rivarola via Unanimous Decision.
Jake Hadley def. Blaine O’Driscoll via Rear Naked Choke at 3:14 of Round 3.
Ciaran Clarke def. George Courtney via Rear Naked Choke at 2:45 of Round 3.
Ilias Bulaid def. Vitalic Maiboroda via TKO (Knee from Clinch) at 4:59 of Round 1.
Ryan Roddy def. Patrik Pietilä via Unanimous Decision.
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