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Watch: SBG Prospect Scores TKO Almost Identical To Conor McGregor Finish From 2012

SBG Ireland featherweight prospect James Gallagher said recently that constant comparisons between he and the gym’s most ‘Notorious’ fighter, Conor McGregor, don’t bother him all that much.

“Being compared to one of the greatest fighters of all time, the greatest fighter in history, the one that’s going to knock Floyd Mayweather out cold, I’ll take that all day long,” Gallagher said after his win over Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180.

While Gallagher is the most notable one, he isn’t the only product of the Irish fight-team that gets compared to the UFC lightweight champion. Pretty much every decent SBG prospect with even the vaguest similarity to McGregor in terms of style or personality has probably been labeled as ‘the next Conor McGregor’ at some point. Perhaps it can get a little tiresome, as fighters tend to want to forge their own path, but we’d imagine that most share Gallagher’s thoughts on the issue.

Thus, we are sure that SBG Ireland welterweight prospect Kiefer ‘Big Daddy’ Crosbie won’t mind when we point out that his stoppage victory over late-replacement Waldemar Cichy on Friday night at BAMMA 30 was strongly reminiscent of an early McGregor KO in terms of technique and the intensity of it’s execution.

Crosbie scorched Cichy with a savage salvo of elbows in the opening round, forcing an intervention from the referee at the 2:01 mark.

While @Grabaka_Hitman was put in mind of UFC heavyweight Travis Browne by the finish, it reminded us of McGregor’s brutal win over Steve O’Keefe at Cage Warriors 45 back in February 2012.

Crosbie is a very interesting prospect indeed. In his last fight, at the 3Arena in December of 2016, he looked sensational against Conor Riordan. On the feet he was utterly dominant and Riordan couldn’t live with him, but Crosbie looked in greater danger on the floor. There, Riordan looked crafty. However, Crosbie impressively finished the fight right where his opponent was strongest, locking on a triangle choke and rendering Riordan unconscious, either with the hold itself or with the hail of elbows that he dropped after it was applied. It was a finish that spoke volumes about his overall game.

The victory over Cichy moved Crosbie to 3-0 as a professional. He has finished each of his victims thus far inside the distance.

Crosbie’s was not the only big win for SBG on Friday though. Welterweight Richard Kiely picked up a very tasty KO win over Poland’s Daniel Olejniczak…

…Ion Pascu dispatched Henry Fedipe…

…and the Pundit Arena sponsored Blaine O’Driscoll submitted Harry Hardwick via rear-naked choke in the second round to move to 5-1 as a pro.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.