James Gallagher headlines Bellator's return to Dublin vs. Jeremiah Labiano

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Bellator is returning to Ireland this fall, and one of the country’s home-grown up-and-comers will headline the card.

James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), one of Conor McGregor’s training partners, will take on Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a featherweight main event when Bellator hosts a Nov. 10 show at 3Arena in Dublin. A promotion official today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from RealSport.com.

The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though precise broadcast plans have not been announced. (Past Bellator shows in Europe have aired via tape delay in North America.)

Gallagher will have recently turned 21 when he steps in the cage against Labiano. The brash Irishman stayed perfect so far in his young career when he submitted Chinzo Machida in the first round in the Bellator 180 portion of Bellator NYC in June at Madison Square Garden in New York.

That gave him three straight rear-naked choke submission wins after starting his Bellator tenure with a decision over Mike Cutting. That decision was the lone time he’s gone to the judges in seven fights. All six of his other victories have been choke submissions.

California’s Labiano has back-to-back wins since a rough patch that saw him lose three fights in four outings. This past November at Bellator 165, he took a unanimous decisino from Vince Murdock. And in June, he outpointed Stephen Cervantes in regional competition. Of his wins, a 2014 decision over Tyson Nam is the most notable.

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

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Source: MMA Junkie