JAMES ‘THE STRABANIMAL’ GALLAGHER-KIRILL MEDVEDOVSKY BOUT ADDED TO BELLATOR MMA EVENT IN ISRAEL ON NOVEMBER 10
SANTA MONICA, CALIF – A featherweight contest between budding Irish star James Gallagher (4-0) and Kirill Medvedovsky (6-1) has been added to the main card of the promotion’s first ever card at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on November 10.
The fights join a main event that features a Welterweight World Title bout between current title holder Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) and the man who he took it from over a year ago, Douglas Lima (27-6). In addition, one of the newest members of the Bellator MMA family, Noad Lahat (9-2), will challenge fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5) in the evening’s co-main event. Additional fights will be announced in coming weeks.
The event will air in America on SPIKE Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT. Bellator has partnered with Ananey Communications, an Israeli television conglomerate boasting 14 channels, several of which showcase Viacom content including the EGO and EGO TOTAL channels which have broadcast Bellator in Israel since 2012.
A native of Northern Ireland, the undefeated Gallagher will make his second appearance since joining the Scott Coker-led promotion earlier this year. In a unanimous decision victory, Gallagher discarded of opponent Mike Cutting at “Bellator 158: Daley vs. Lima,” paving the way for a potentially bright future for the 19-year-old featherweight prospect. The win was the fourth of his professional career and first to go past the opening frame, being that the previous three victories all came by way of first round submission. Fighting out of the highly-acclaimed gym SBG Ireland, Gallagher has begun his career training alongside well-known teammate Conor McGregor, as he continues to grow and learn from one of the game’s best.
Born on November 14, the recently signed 23-year-old Medvedovsky hopes to unwrap an early birthday present inside Menora Mivtachim Arena. The Netanya, Israel native enters his bout with a record of 6-1, with one knockout and a pair of submission finishes. Coming off of back-to-back first round victories, Medvedovsky hopes to make quick work of his younger opponent Gallagher and give his hometown fans exactly what they came to see.
“Bellator MMA in Tel Aviv” Main Card:
Welterweight World Title Main Event: Andrey Koreshkov (19-1) vs. Douglas Lima (27-6)
Featherweight Feature Co-Main Event: Noad Lahat (9-2) vs. Scott Cleve (15-5)
Bantamweight Feature Bout: James Gallagher (4-0) vs. Kirill Medvedovsky (6-1)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Joaquin Buckley (6-0) vs. Jackie Gosh (6-0)
About Bellator MMA:
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About Ananey Communications:
Founded in 1996 by Udi Miron, Ananey Communications Group is the leading multi-channel TV firm in Israel. With 14 TV channels including 2 male skewing channels (EGO and EGO TOTAL, which broadcast Bellator MMA), 4 original lifestyle channels and exclusive representation and operation of the VIACOM brands in Israel (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon & Nick Junior), Ananey channels reach a total of 76% of all Israeli households.