Bellator MMA travels overseas to the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland for Bellator Dublin on Friday. Bellator Dublin is the first of back-to-back events taking place on the same day at the 3Arena. Bellator 227 follows this event.
The main event takes place at 140-pound catchweight where James Gallagher goes up against Roman Salazar. In the co-main Michael Page takes on Richard Kiely. The main card also includes Ryan Scope taking on Peter Queally
Bellator Dublin broadcast information
The prelims will stream on DAZN and the Bellator mobile app beginning at 10:30 AM (CST). The main card will stream on DAZN and air on the Paramount Channel starting at 4:05 PM (CST).
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all my official bets follow me on Twitter @MichaelGrocke.
James Gallagher (9-1) vs. Roman Salazar (13-9) – Catchweight 140 lbs.
Current Odds: Gallagher -460; Salazar +355
After suffering the first loss of his career at the hands of Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 204, James Gallagher has strung together two wins in a row. His most recent victory occurred at Bellator 223 where he defeated Jeremiah Labiano via unanimous decision. The twenty-two-year old will make the walk for the eleventh time on Friday. The Irish born fighter boasts seven wins via submission in nine career victories.
Thirty-one-year old Roman Salazar enters the bout on a three-fight skid. His most recent loss was at LFA 72 where he dropped a split decision to Mario Isreal. This will be Salazar’s Bellator debut. Eight of the American born fighter’s twelve pro wins ended inside the distance.
My official pick: Gallagher by decision.
From a betting perspective: Hard pass.
Michael Page (14-1) vs. Richard Kiely (3-1) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Page -920; Kiely +660
After starting his career winning his first fourteen fights in a row, Michael Page finally suffered his first loss when he got knocked out in the second round by Douglas Lima at Bellator 221. At thirty-two years old, Page makes the walk for the sixteenth time on Friday. Of his fourteen career victories, eleven ended inside the distance.
Ireland’s Richard Kiely makes his second appearance for the promotion. He won his Bellator debut by finishing Mickael Bucher in the first round at Bellator 217. This will be his fifth professional fight. All three of his wins are via knockout.
My official pick: Page by (T)KO.
From a betting perspective: Pass.
Ryan Scope (11-2) vs. Peter Queally (11-5-1) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Scope -255; Queally +205
This will be Ryan Scope’s second fight under the Bellator banner. He lost his promotional debut when he dropped a split decision to Patricky Freire in the main event at Bellator Newcastle. After winning his first nine pro fights, Scope is 1-2 over his previous three bouts. Of the twenty-seven-year old’s ten professional wins, eight ended inside the distance. Four via knockout and four by way of submission.
Peter Queally is 0-1 in Bellator. His most recent fight was at Bellator 217 where Myles Price defeated him via split decision. Queally will make the walk for eighteenth time as a professional on Friday. The Irish born fighter has ten wins via decision in his eleven career victories.
My official pick: Scope by decision.
From a betting perspective: Pass.
Prelims Quick Picks
Roddy over Pietila
Coughlan over Gnusariev
Mulpeter over McCabe
Courtney over Clarke
Smullen over Tobin
Logan over Gustab
Moore over Chadwick
Rivarola over Neilan
Bulaid over Maiboroda
O’Driscoll over Hadley
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