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Bellator 217 pre-event facts: James Gallagher looks to rebound at home

Bellator makes its third stop in Ireland on Saturday with Bellator 217, which takes place at 3Arena in Dublin. The event airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN via tape delay.

Ireland’s own James Gallagher (7-1 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will attempt to rebound from the first loss of his career in the main event spot when he takes on promotional newcomer Steven Graham (6-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a featherweight matchup.

For all the numbers behind the fourth and final Bellator card of the month, check below for 15 pre-event facts about Bellator 217.

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Main event

James Gallagher

Gallagher, 22, is the youngest of the eight fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.

Gallagher enters the event following the first loss of his career. He suffered a first-round knockout at Bellator 204 in August.

Gallagher was unsuccessful in his bantamweight debut at Bellator 204.

Gallagher has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage. All of his finishes are by submission.

Gallagher has earned five of his six career submission wins by rear-naked choke.

Graham’s longest fight of his career ended at 2:32 of Round 1.

Graham has earned all six of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished five of those wins by submission.

Graham has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

Co-main event

Peter Queally (11-4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) enters the event following the first stoppage result of his career. His previous 15 fights went to the scorecards.

Queally has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by decision.

Myles Price (10-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 3-6 in his past nine fights dating back to July 2011.

Remaining main card

Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward (6-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), 38, is the oldest of the eight fighters scheduled to compete on the main card.

Ward is 2-0 since he returned to the middleweight division in November 2017. He’s 4-0 overall in his career at the weight class.

Jamie Stephenson (4-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) competes for just the second time since May 2014.

Richie Smullen (3-1-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his Bellator debut after a one-fight UFC stint that saw him lose to Luis Pena at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in July.

Adam Gustab (3-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to February 2017.

For more on Bellator 217, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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