The Top Dogs of Straight Blast Gym – James Gallagher, BDK & Peter Queally
June 4, 2019 (No Comments) by Marc O'Loughlin

We’re taking a look at some of the most established MMA names that have come out of Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in recent times. We have 3 top Irish fighters to focus on, and we’re going to see where they’ve been, what they have achieved to date and what we think the future holds.

1. Peter Queally

Peter ‘The Showstopper’ Queally is a Veteran in MMA having competed in many promotions around the world. The Waterford native is one of the main training partners of Conor McGregor. He started with boxing at a young age and then took that skill and transitioned it into MMA. Peter trained at Waterford Muay Thai before moving to SBG Dublin to hone in on his fight skills.

Fighting Style

With a Record of 11-5-1, Queally is no stranger to a fight, with most of his wins going the distance. Queally is an excellent wrestler and pressures his opponents with his stand up before taken them down and controlling them. However, he has said he prefers to stand and trade with his opponents, to give the crowd what they want. He scored the first KO of his career at Fight Night Global, a Russian Promotion, when it only took him 90 seconds to win the fight.

Myles Price Rivalry

Fun Fact! Upon his win, Queally had to be escorted out of the arena by Armed Guards when the Russian fans started throwing objects into the cage, being upset with their fellow countryman losing to Queally. Talk about making a statement! Queally’s most memorable fight was earlier this year at Bellator Dublin. It was his debut for the promotion, which had him facing off against Myles Price, a former teammate and training partner at SBG. This was a heated Rivalry, as Myles was seen as a traitor in the eyes of Queally, having trained with Khabib leading up to the fight with McGregor at UFC 229. Queally vowed revenge. Unfortunately, it didn’t go Queally’s way that night, having lost to Price by decision.

What Next?

Peter Queally’s next fight will be at Bellator London on June 22nd, where he takes on Former BAMMA Champion Terry Brazier. It’s great to see hard work and determination pay off for Peter. He continues to take his talents to one of the biggest MMA promotions in the World. G’wan the Queally!

2. Kiefer Crosbie

Kiefer ‘Big Daddy’ Crosbie or better known to MMA fans as BDK. The Dubliner is on a tear since turning professional in 2016, amassing an impressive record of 6-0 with most of his wins coming from TKO.

Family First

Kiefer has said before that he fights for his family, to provide for them and that is his goal, anything else that comes after is just a blessing. Family first is a motto for him and that is why the fans connect to BDK. The everyday man doing extraordinary things.

Fighting Style

His style is simple, stand and trade, and go for the win. His power is an absolute force to be reckoned with, and that shows in his fights. A fantastic example is from his 1 round war with Josh Plant at BAMMA 35, where from start to finish it was absolute chaos.

What Next?

BDK made his Bellator debut in 2018. He’s one of the many Irish fighters signed to the promotion, another Irishman following his dream and being a part of one of the best MMA promotions in the world. Everything is just starting to take shape for the proud Dub. BDK is one of the most talked about fighters in Ireland and given his record, I can see why.

Getting signed by Bellator is a huge opportunity for BDK to show the world what he has to offer. With a winning streak like his, it is only a matter of time before he’s fighting for a World championship. Another future Irish Champion in the making. ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’ actually comes to life when you think of Kiefer Crosbie.

3. James Gallagher

James ‘The Strabanimal’ Gallagher had his first MMA fight at 13 years old. Let that sink in for a second, what where you doing at that age? Well you most likely were not competing in a highly competitive MMA fight, that is for sure.

James is without a doubt, the most recognized face in Irish MMA, and is one that most other fighters want to fight because of his name. With a record of 8-1, with most of his wins coming from submission, The Man from Strabane has taken the MMA world by storm.

Fighting Style

He has a way of words that sometime gets under his opponent’s skin, but when it comes to the fight, James can back it up. It is one of the many reasons why James is the total package. He has unbelievable BJJ skills and a calm approach to fights, which make him a dangerous opponent to any man.

What Next?

James is one of the faces of Bellator and headlined the Dublin event this past February, winning in the first round by submission. James is set to return to the cage at Bellator London in June, and his intentions are simple, get back on the road to gold. He has only one loss on his record, which broke his unbeaten streak.

At just 22 years age, the man from Strabane has the world at his feet and the backing of the Irish people. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny his greatness. ‘The Strabanimal’ James Gallagher will be a future world champion; there is no doubt about it.

Coming Up…

Hopefully you’ve learned a lot more about these 3 talented Irish fighters and how their careers have shaped up so far. Next in our Irish MMA series, we’ll be taking a look at some of the newest fighters on the circuit who are about to break onto the mainstream. Until then stay sharpe!

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The Top Dogs of Straight Blast Gym – James Gallagher, BDK & Peter Queally
June 4, 2019 (No Comments) by Marc O'Loughlin

We’re taking a look at some of the most established MMA names that have come out of Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in recent times. We have 3 top Irish fighters to focus on, and we’re going to see where they’ve been, what they have achieved to date and what we think the future holds.

1. Peter Queally

Peter ‘The Showstopper’ Queally is a Veteran in MMA having competed in many promotions around the world. The Waterford native is one of the main training partners of Conor McGregor. He started with boxing at a young age and then took that skill and transitioned it into MMA. Peter trained at Waterford Muay Thai before moving to SBG Dublin to hone in on his fight skills.

Fighting Style

With a Record of 11-5-1, Queally is no stranger to a fight, with most of his wins going the distance. Queally is an excellent wrestler and pressures his opponents with his stand up before taken them down and controlling them. However, he has said he prefers to stand and trade with his opponents, to give the crowd what they want. He scored the first KO of his career at Fight Night Global, a Russian Promotion, when it only took him 90 seconds to win the fight.

Myles Price Rivalry

Fun Fact! Upon his win, Queally had to be escorted out of the arena by Armed Guards when the Russian fans started throwing objects into the cage, being upset with their fellow countryman losing to Queally. Talk about making a statement! Queally’s most memorable fight was earlier this year at Bellator Dublin. It was his debut for the promotion, which had him facing off against Myles Price, a former teammate and training partner at SBG. This was a heated Rivalry, as Myles was seen as a traitor in the eyes of Queally, having trained with Khabib leading up to the fight with McGregor at UFC 229. Queally vowed revenge. Unfortunately, it didn’t go Queally’s way that night, having lost to Price by decision.

What Next?

Peter Queally’s next fight will be at Bellator London on June 22nd, where he takes on Former BAMMA Champion Terry Brazier. It’s great to see hard work and determination pay off for Peter. He continues to take his talents to one of the biggest MMA promotions in the World. G’wan the Queally!

2. Kiefer Crosbie

Kiefer ‘Big Daddy’ Crosbie or better known to MMA fans as BDK. The Dubliner is on a tear since turning professional in 2016, amassing an impressive record of 6-0 with most of his wins coming from TKO.

Family First

Kiefer has said before that he fights for his family, to provide for them and that is his goal, anything else that comes after is just a blessing. Family first is a motto for him and that is why the fans connect to BDK. The everyday man doing extraordinary things.

Fighting Style

His style is simple, stand and trade, and go for the win. His power is an absolute force to be reckoned with, and that shows in his fights. A fantastic example is from his 1 round war with Josh Plant at BAMMA 35, where from start to finish it was absolute chaos.

What Next?

BDK made his Bellator debut in 2018. He’s one of the many Irish fighters signed to the promotion, another Irishman following his dream and being a part of one of the best MMA promotions in the world. Everything is just starting to take shape for the proud Dub. BDK is one of the most talked about fighters in Ireland and given his record, I can see why.

Getting signed by Bellator is a huge opportunity for BDK to show the world what he has to offer. With a winning streak like his, it is only a matter of time before he’s fighting for a World championship. Another future Irish Champion in the making. ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’ actually comes to life when you think of Kiefer Crosbie.

3. James Gallagher

James ‘The Strabanimal’ Gallagher had his first MMA fight at 13 years old. Let that sink in for a second, what where you doing at that age? Well you most likely were not competing in a highly competitive MMA fight, that is for sure.

James is without a doubt, the most recognized face in Irish MMA, and is one that most other fighters want to fight because of his name. With a record of 8-1, with most of his wins coming from submission, The Man from Strabane has taken the MMA world by storm.

Fighting Style

He has a way of words that sometime gets under his opponent’s skin, but when it comes to the fight, James can back it up. It is one of the many reasons why James is the total package. He has unbelievable BJJ skills and a calm approach to fights, which make him a dangerous opponent to any man.

What Next?

James is one of the faces of Bellator and headlined the Dublin event this past February, winning in the first round by submission. James is set to return to the cage at Bellator London in June, and his intentions are simple, get back on the road to gold. He has only one loss on his record, which broke his unbeaten streak.

At just 22 years age, the man from Strabane has the world at his feet and the backing of the Irish people. Love him or hate him, you cannot deny his greatness. ‘The Strabanimal’ James Gallagher will be a future world champion; there is no doubt about it.

Coming Up…

Hopefully you’ve learned a lot more about these 3 talented Irish fighters and how their careers have shaped up so far. Next in our Irish MMA series, we’ll be taking a look at some of the newest fighters on the circuit who are about to break onto the mainstream. Until then stay sharpe!



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