ByJim Edwards, writer at Creators.co
MMA story chaser from the UK
Jim Edwards

The co-main event of the card featured the classic story of the hot prospect and the old master as the man from Strabane, , took on Chinzo Machida.

Gallagher had talked the talk all week, but words counted for every little. Many 20-year-olds would have wilted at the thought of walking out in front of a packed out Madison Square Garden, but not "The Strabanimal". The SBG man walked to the cage with his chin up, chest puffed out and shoulders back as he lapped up the chants of "Ole, ole ole," from the small section of Irish fans inside the arena.

Machida himself looked calmness personified. The Brazilian walked to the cage to the sound of 'The Karate Kid' and flanked by his elder brother Lyoto as if he was out for a Sunday stroll, but this was anything but. The cage door closed and the violence ensued.

Gallagher came out the gates fast and used his footwork to get nicely into range to secure a double leg takedown early. From there Gallagher expertly pierced through his guard whilst hammering the Brazilian with elbows and taking his back.

With just over two minutes on the clock the ending was nigh. Gallagher took his time, controlled Machida's wrists and then sunk in the rear-naked choke to get the tap.

James Gallagher beat a man twice his age and he made it look easy. What a night for Gallagher, what a night for Strabane, what a way to get the party started in Madison Square Garden.

James Gallagher beat a man twice his age and he made it look easy. What a night for Gallagher, what a night for Strabane, what a way to get the party started in Madison Square Garden.

As he said after, "This is my house," it certainly was.

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