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UFC and Bellator bouts announced for SBG trio

James Gallagher, Sinead Kavanagh and Makwan Amirkhani have all learned of their next assignments.

BOTH JAMES GALLAGHER and Sinead Kavanagh have learned of their opponents for next month’s Bellator 173 event in Belfast.

Meanwhile, fellow SBG fighter Makwan Amirkhani’s next UFC opponent has also been announced.

bellator James Gallagher, Sinead Kavanagh and Makwan Amirkhani.

Unbeaten 20-year-old Gallagher has been matched with Kirill Medvedovsky (7-3) in the co-main event in Belfast.

The Strabane native made his Bellator debut in London last July, and followed up with a submission victory over Anthony Taylor at Dublin’s 3Arena in December.

Gallagher was originally scheduled to meet Medvedosky on Bellator’s first ever Israeli card last November, but that fell through after the announcement of the Dublin event.

The also unbeaten Sinead Kavanagh returns to the Bellator cage for the second time to face 32-year-old Iony Razafiarison (1-1, 1 NC).

Kavanagh dominated at Bellator 169 in Dublin, as she defeated Elina Kallionidou by unanimous decision.

Both fighters train under John Kavanagh at Straight Blast Gym (SBG).

Bellator 173 will take place on Friday, 24 February at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

In other news, the UFC announced today that fellow SBG fighter Makwan Amirkhani will fight Arnold Allen in London in March.

Finland native Amirkhani has been representing SBG since last year. He moved there ahead of his last win, in which he overcame Mike Wilkinson in February 2016.

Irish fighter Joseph Duffy is on the same card on 18 March, as he faces Reza Madadi.

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