Jack Gallagher def. Fabian Aichner (First Round Match)
England’s Jack Gallagher may have puffed his chest out a little bit when standing across from his hulking opponent, Fabian Aichner, but “The Extraordinary Gentleman” was not intimidated at all. Even though he was outweighed by 36 pounds, Gallagher went right after Aichner, taking the Italian bruiser to the canvas with incredibly unique British-style takedowns.
Aichner soon became frustrated with Gallagher’s unusual offense and used the weight difference between them to his advantage, striking Gallagher and stopping him in his tracks. The Italian star muscled “The Extraordinary Gentleman” around the ring with ease, and even showed that he could take flight by hitting a double springboard moonsault from the apron back into the ring, though he only got a two-count.
The wiry Gallagher slipped out of Aichner’s grasp and nearly ended the bout on the spot with a guillotine hold. Aichner powered out of the submission and flipped Gallagher into a powerbomb, but it still was not enough to put Gallagher away. A furious Aichner rained blows down onto Gallagher and went to the top rope for a Frog Splash. Gallagher moved, however, and “The Extraordinary Gentleman” recovered and backed his opponent into the corner, where Gallagher charged and threw all of his 167 pounds into a devastating dropkick that earned him the pinfall victory and a spot in the Second Round against Akira Tozawa.