James Gallagher is poised to make his return to the Bellator cage as he joins middleweight headliners Gegard Mousasi and Rafael Lovato Jr. on June 22.
The Strabanimal made good on his promise of a dominant win in front of his home-crowd at Bellator Dublin in February – submitting his opponent Steven Graham with ease within the opening minutes of the first-round.
The night as a whole was the perfect showcase for this next wave of Irish talent with each of them showing a willingness to step it up a gear in Dublin’s 3Arena.
For Gallagher, his victory was an incredibly important one for the trajectory of his career. Prior to the Graham bout, he had suffered a humiliating first-round KO defeat at the hands of Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 204 – one that left him open to attacks from all sides at the hands of his detractors.
We all know exactly how talented James is in there, though. Love him or hate him, he is an unquestionable talent and with him still yet to reach his 23rd birthday – the progress he makes through these formative years will no doubt stand to him in the long-run.
Gallagher will make his appearance on the Bellator London main-card against a yet-to-be-announced opponent, joining the middleweight title showdown between champion Gegard Mousasi and grappling wizard Rafael Lovato Jr and also the British legend Paul Daley.
Not much else is known about the card’s lineup at this point but we have no doubt that a host of Irish fighters will be hoping to get their names into the mix.
We will keep you updated as more becomes clear.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena