Gallagher to headline Bellator 196 in Budapest.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Gallagher to headline Bellator 196 in Budapest. thumbnailStrabane MMA fighter James Gallagher

STRABANE MMA fighter James Gallagher will headline Bellator's third event in Budapest, Hungary, on Friday, April 6.

It will a battle of two young guns looking to remain undefeated early in their mixed martial arts careers as Gallagher (7-0) faces off with Budapest's Adam Borics (10-0) in an exciting Bellator 196 featherweight main event matchup.

"The Strabanimal" has been making a name for himself in the Bellator cage since signing for the company in 2016, racking up four wins in four contests.

A longtime training partner of Conor McGregor under the tutelage of world-renowned coach John Kavanagh at SBG Ireland, the 21-year-old has showcased a growing skillset, culminating in a first-round submission of Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180 last June.

Gallagher was supposed to headline an event opposite Jeremiah Labiano last November in Belfast, but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury.

Now fully recovered from injury, Gallagher has a tough test ahead in the undefeated Hungarian.

Borics (pictured left) made his Bellator debut at Bellator 177, finishing Anthony Taylor via submission in the opening frame.

Known as "The Kid", he has competed exclusively throughout his four-year career in Europe.

Having won over plenty of fans over on the heels of his promotional debut in April of last year, Borics will have the home field advantage on April 6.

A women's flyweight bout will serve as the co-main event of the card, when the Bellator women's 125-pound kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz (1-1) takes on Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5, 1 NC).

In addition, the April 6 card at BOK Hall will also feature world-class kickboxing action, as Bellator Kickboxing returns for another great night of fights. A main event for the kickboxing portion of the card will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale, and are available at


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