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SBG featherweight scores most significant win of his career at Bellator 177

Wexford native Brian Moore is now calling for a spot on the Madison Square Garden bill this summer.

Brian Moore Brian Moore (file pic). Source: Gary Carr/INPHO

BRIAN MOORE IS celebrating today after picking up a big win last night at Bellator 177.

Moore took his professional mixed martial arts record to 10-5 thanks to a second-round TKO victory over Czech featherweight Michal Horejsi (5-3) in Budapest, Hungary.

Competing on the preliminary portion of a card that was headlined by a win for bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas against Leandro Higo, Moore bounced back from a defeat to Daniel Weichel in his Bellator debut in December.

Afterwards, the 29-year-old Wexford native โ€” who fights out of Straight Blast Gym in Dublin โ€” took to social media and called for a spot on Bellatorโ€™s Madison Square Garden card on 24 June, which is already set to feature his SBG team-mate James Gallagher.

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Round 2 KO ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช I feel like I have an army in my corner each time I fight with the support, messages, well wishes etc I recieve before I make that walk - I am so grateful to you all. I want to thank my team SBG and my coaches especially if @coach_kavanagh - despite being on holidays, he was in constant contact, assessing sparring footage and like always going above and beyond. My brother from another mother @levi_kehoe_ who left a hectic schedule at home to come out and corner me. We've had each other's back since we were 5 years old! Big shout out to two Wexicans @lockgannon and Stephen Murphy for their hard work with me. Locky is a genius with the cut and Stevo is a savage stand up coach. My clients at for their support and patience too! Finally, thank you to my family especially my wife @noreenodeamoore. A lot of this victory is down to sacrifice - and she sacrifices the most on our journey. Her love and support can't be put into words. Thank you baby. (And thank you Missie ๐Ÿ˜Š) Lastly, if you want something - do it... But do it 100%. If I had listened to people when I started this game, I would have never have stepped foot into a gym - nevermind the @bellatormma cage. But trust me.... This is only the start!!! Give me MSG!!! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช #sbg #ireland #irishmma #pikeman #hardwork #dedication #mma @bellatormma #moorefitness #ko @mikekogan

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While Moore has already competed for leading European promotions such as Cage Warriors and BAMMA, a stoppage win under the Bellator banner marks the most significant win of his career so far.

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