Featherweight prospects James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher and Kirill Medvedovsky will square off on the main card of Bellator 163 in Tel Aviv.
Gallagher (4-0), who fights under head coach John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland, signed with Bellator a few months ago and made his debut against Mike Cutting, who he beat via unanimous decision. Prior to that, the undefeated up-and-comer had submitted all three of his opponents in the first round. The 19-year old turned pro in October last year after going 5-1 as an amateur.
The hometown fighter Medvedovsky (7-2), who is scheduled to face Daiki Gojima at a Pancrase event in October before fighting Gallagher, last fought against Magomed Ginazov in March who he lost to by unanimous decision. He entered that fight coming off of a 27-second knockout win over Evgeny Zhekalov at a local MMA event in Ukraine.
Bellator 163 will be headlined by the rematch between Andrey Koreshkov and Douglas Lima for the 170-pound title. The pair first fought at Bellator 140 where Koreshkov snapped Lima’s five-fight finish streak to win his title. The event is set to take place on November 10 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel.