A potential Bellator MMA bantamweight title-eliminator between recent championship challenger, Patchy ‘No Love’ Mix and streaking submission specialist, James ‘The Strabanimal’ Gallagher is currently targeted to feature at Bellator 258 on May 7th. — with the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut expected to serve as the event’s venue.
Attempting to score a return to the winning-circle and potentially earn his second crack at bantamweight gold, Jackson-Wink MMA trainee, Mix battled with incumbent gold holder, event headliner, Juan ‘The Spaniard’ Archuleta at Bellator 246 last September — dropping a unanimous decision defeat.
Gallagher, the winner of four on the trot most recently headlined a Bellator Milan event in October — finally clashing with Sunderland native, Cal Ellenor — submitting his fellow grappling talent with a dominant rear-naked choke in the opening round. News of the targeted clash between the top contenders was first reported by MMA DNA reporter, Marcel Dorff.
A masterful grappler himself, New York born finisher, Mix had won an incredible thirteen straight outings prior to his first professional defeat when paired with current titleholder, Archuleta.
Mix, a former King of the Cage bantamweight champion holds a 13-1 professional résumé including a whopping nine submission successes. A four-fight Bellator veteran, Mix dispatched common-foe, Ricky Bandejas, and the late, Isiah Chapman — prior to a guillotine win over the decorated Yuki Motoya at a co-promoted RIZIN 20 event on New Year’s Eve in 2019.
11-1 as a professional, Gallagher is set to make his second outing on United States soil — having recently travelled stateside to train with Glory MMA & Fitness head coach, UFC welterweight contender James Krause.
In his lone Bellator loss, the 24-year-old Strabane native dropped a first round side-kick and strikes knockout loss to the above mentioned American Top Team striker, Bandejas back in August of 2018. In four outings since then — Gallagher has scored wins in each, besting Steven Graham, Jeremiah Labiano, UFC alum, Roman Salazar, and the above mentioned Ellenor last year.
Bellator 258 takes place on May 7th. from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut — with the aforenoted, Archuleta slated to attempt his first title defence as he draws the number-one bantamweight contender, Sergio Pettis.
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