Monday 19 March 2018

SBG’s James Gallagher Wants To Become The Best Ever And Outlines What’s Next For Him After Bellator Win

James Gallagher
James Gallagher

Jack O'Toole

Straight Blast Gym’s James Gallagher has said that he wants to become the ‘best MMA fighter ever’ after his first round stoppage of Kirill Medvedovsky at Bellator 173 in Belfast on Friday night.

Gallagher, who extended his record to 6-0 after submitting Medvedovsky with a rear-naked choke in the first round, said that he is adamant on taking his skill-set to the next level and that he has firm aspirations on becoming the best MMA fighter of all-time.

“It’s a weird, humbling feeling after that [fight],” Gallagher said.

“I was just sitting here looking around and all this is for me. I can’t put it into words but I’m going to be the greatest ever. That’s my mindset.

“I’m going back to the gym to go put in that work, and to go have fun in the gym, and to take my game to the next level.

“I feel like I’m going to be the greatest ever and that’s it. I just feel like I’m becoming myself and finding my feet. I found out who I really am and now I just want to go out there and show the world who James Gallagher really is.”

After the fight Gallagher said that he wants to fight American AJ McKee next after McKee supposedly disrespected Gallagher and his teammates when he visited Dublin in December.

McKee was in the capital to assist Gallagher’s last opponent Anthony Taylor for their fight at Bellator 169, and during his time in Dublin, he was said to have disrespected Gallagher and UFC teammate Conor McGregor.

“He said to me ‘do you train with Conor McGregor?’ added Gallagher.

“I said ‘I do’ and he said ‘he would beat him up’. I told him ‘no you wouldn’t, he’d knock you out in about 10 seconds’.

“This was my team he was talking about so don’t ever talk about my team like that. Say what you want about me, but don’t ever, ever talk about my team, my friends or my family like that.

“If he wants me to sign a contract tell Bellator to send me a contract and I’ll sign it.”

Bellator CEO Scott Coker said that he would like to see the two fight with Coker singling out Bellator’s London show in May as a possible date for the bout.

“We don’t have anything signed with him because he just came out of the fight, but I think him and AJ McKee maybe they could get it on pretty soon.

“I’d like to see James, if he’s okay, which I think he is, maybe we can invite him to fight in London and keep testing him.”

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