Ricky Bandejas


Fights to close decision
January 26, 2019
Bandejas lost to Juan Archuleta via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at Bellator 214 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Bandejas came into this fight off an upset over James Gallagher. He nearly did it again here, but he ended up coming up a hair short. This was a very close fight, and both fighters had their moments. One could make the case that Bandejas landed the hard strikes, but he seemed to be waiting. He would land a power strike and then eat multiple strikes from Archuleta. In the end, this should be very little to dim the rising star of Bandejas. He certainly has a future in the Bellator 135-pound division.
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Upset James Gallagher in the first round at Bellator 204
August 17, 2018
Bandejas defeated James Gallagher via TKO (punches) at 2:49 of Round 1 at Bellator 204 on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Bandejas showed some veteranship in this fight. Gallagher came out with a lot of movement. He was throwing hard leg kicks and jumping in with strikes. Bandejas seemed to be a step behind, but he eventually timed his right hand and hurt Gallagher. After defending a takedown, he dropped the Irish fighter with another right hand. This time Gallagher was really hurt. Bandejas dropped him against with a side kick to the face. From there, it was only a matter of finishing him off with strikes. This was Bandejas' Bellator debut after a long run in the CFFC promotion. He looked like he could have a future at bantamweight.