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James Gallagher vs. Cal Ellenor in Bellator Europe 9 in Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy on October 3, 2020.

MMA Athlete

James Gallagher

Ireland Ireland


Hailing from Strabane, Northern Ireland, James Gallagher is the heaviest thing to hit the Bellator circuit in a long time. With a near-perfect fight record and penchant for fast-paced takedowns, ‘The Strabanimal’ already counts among the sport’s must-watch fighters. Commentators have compared Gallagher to his Straight Blast Gym Ireland teammate and MMA icon Conor McGregor. But make no mistake, Gallagher came to create a legacy of his own in modern MMA fighting, all the way to the throne. His impeccable jiu jitsu is matched by a fierce striking ability and an instinct for shutting down opponents regardless of their fighting style. Since his Bellator debut in 2016, Gallagher has made a name for himself by ending most of his bouts via submission – more often than not in the first round! Don’t call him the Submissions King just yet, but young Sir James is building a legacy of high-profile tap-outs for prosperity. Ultimately, a title fight will prove undeniable, as Gallagher himself already claimed: “Give me that belt! It’s mine!”