Meet James Gallagher – The Next Big Thing at Bellator 180

” If it was any other 20 year old i would probably hold him back” Coach John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh of SBG Gym and Conor Mcgregor fame isn’t given to hyperbole but with rising Bellator star James Gallagher it’s hard not to be impressed. As the old baseball scouts used to say ‘ He’s a kid you can dream on’.

If your an Irish MMA fan you’ll probably already know that James has been added to the big Bellator 180 card in Madison Square garden on Saturday June 24th 2017.  Bellator are hoping this will be their biggest ever event and the card is stacked. It show’s how highly Scott Coker and the organisation think of him that he’s been added at this early stage.


Also, seasoned MMA fans will be familiar with Gallagher’s record as a professional – it’s 6-0 with 5 out 6 wins coming inside the distance via submission. When you consider that he is still only 20 years old it is quite phenomenal.

Not being funny but Conor Mcgregor was nowhere near this state of maturity and preparedness as a 20 year old. Not even fucking close. His performance in his last fight in Belfast on the Bellator 173 card was very impressive. Especially given the added pressure of performing in front of his hometown fans in a packed SSE Arena. He basically whooped Medvedovsky inside the 1st half of the first round. Take a look at his fight record record below and note how he turned professional as an 18 year old !!

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While his fight record is impressive we will add a note of caution as we tend to with any beast of a Grappler. What will happen when he meets a standout puncher with good grappling defence?

Well we won’t have to wait much longer to wait find out folks – as i think we’ll get a couple of these questions answered in Madison Square Garden on the 24th of June.

Chinzo Machido comes from a famed MMA family and will be by far the best striker that Gallagher will have come up against. Judging by the reaction on twitter and social media this is a fight that fans are excited about. While the main card here is stacked it is relying on the drawing power of Hall of Famer’s whose best days in all fairness are probably in the rear-view mirror. This fight gives Bellator 180 a great taste of the young talent in the organisation and is a great shop window to what will be hopefully a large and engaged American audience.

Gallagher is a good-looking kid and shares that Conor Mcgregor sense of style and swagger outside the Octagon (although polar opposites inside it) and he will be used heavily in the promotional side of things  and i have already seen plenty of Retweeted photos of himself and Scott Coker since the announcement. It’s a big next step for the 20 year old from Strabane but one i expect him to take comfortably in his stride







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