Brick’s Bandejas stuns Gallagher in Bellator debut

Ricky Bandejas defended his Cage Fury Fighting Championships bantamweight belt by defeating Nick Mamalis by knockout in the fourth round at CFFC 69 on Dec. 16, 2017. A former Brick Township wrestler, Bandejas knocked out James Gallagher in his Bellator debut in South Dakota on Friday, Aug. 17. Courtesy of Cage Fury Fighting Championships

BRICK — It took Ricky Bandejas 2:49 in the first round to knock out previously unbeaten, James Gallagher at Bellator MMA 204 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, Aug. 17.

Bandejas [11-1], a 26-year-old from Brick let his hands do the talking. When Gallagher [7-1] made his way into the cage before the bout, he taunted Bandejas, getting right in his face. The two were separated by Bellator officials and Bandejas never said a word. 

Bandejas caught Gallagher with a right hand early, putting the Irishman to the canvas. He let Gallagher up, only to land a kick to the head that returned his opponent to the floor again. Bandejas ended the bout with ground and pound, earning a first round finish in his Bellator debut. 

His win took place in his first bout of a four-fight contract with the promotion. Bellator is one of the top three promotions in the world. 

Bandejas is currently riding a six-fight win streak and has not lost a bout in almost three years. 

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