James Gallagher silenced at Bellator 204 but unapologetically vocal about his future
The hype train of Irish sensation and Conor McGregor teammate James Gallagher (7-1-0) was derailed by American Ricky Bandejas (11-1-0) at Bellator 204 Friday evening at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
After mounting some early offence to keep Bandejas on the defensive, the 26-year-old American landed a right hand to Gallagher’s jaw minutes into the first round that Gallagher couldn’t recover from.
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) August 18, 2018
More strikes followed by a kick sent Gallagher crashing to the canvas, where follow-up strikes forced referee Bobby Wombcher to halt the contest at 2:49 of the first frame.
The internet continues to buzz about Bandejas’ performance.
But Gallagher’s post-fight response was perhaps even more interesting.
I talked a big game and got the big fall, that everyone scared To do. If I hadn’t of talk none of you would be talking about me either. It’ll be the best thing that ever happened me!!… https://t.co/NpXz7VCv7k
— james gallagher (@StrabanimalMMA) August 18, 2018
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He caught me I got beat fair a square. I’m 21 years old I’m still a fucking animal I will be back!! I love this game. It’s what I do. I’m down but not broke he caught me lucky I got clipped I went In on my Shield I’ll go out on it. I’m an animal. Fair play to him the whole game knows him now. Let’s go again. I’m coming back! Thank you everyone for all the support. To everyone glad fuck you haha I just got paid your years salary for doing something I love. I put my money where my mouth is! Thanks for the support I’ll be back December. There’s no one who has done what I have at 21 years old. I’m still that cocky mother fucker I am when I win and I’m still that cocky mother fucker when I loose. Thank you to everyone whose behind me
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It’s clear that one TKO loss is not going to derail the 21-year-old “StrabAnimal’s” mission for cage glory.