Rising star James Gallagher was involved in a bizarre altercation with a person who he believed to be his Bellator 222 opponent Jeremiah Labiano’s coach following Thursday’s press event.
Gallagher confronted the person in question, who Labiano insisted was not his coach but actually one of his travelling support, during the face-off between Paul Daley and Erick Silva.
The 22-year old SBG prospect had been going back and forth with the “coach” during the press conference when Gallagher took exception to a remark he made.
The full transcript of the verbal exchange was quoted by MMAFighting and can be found below.
“Shut your f*cking mouth or I’ll come down there and slap you,” Gallagher said.
“Mate, you sit there and shut your f*cking mouth,” he said, taking aim at him again after a brief back and forth with Labiano. “You’re a coach…you’re a coach…let your fighter do his thing. You sit and shut your f*cking mouth. It’s not your job, you coach him, you train him to come and fight and you sit there and you shut your f*cking mouth.”
“I don’t even know those guys,” said Labiano from the dais.
“Mate, you shut your f*cking mouth. I’ve seen you walk around the hotel with him all week. It’s your coach. How unprofessional, your coach is sitting there like a little f*cking fool,” Gallagher replied.
“You’re scared, my coach isn’t even here,” said Labiano.
“Mate, he’s sitting right there in front of me,” Gallagher responded.
“That ain’t my coach,” Labiano reiterated.
“These guys are braindead, I feel sorry for them,” said Gallagher.
“You’ve been on my Instagram all day, you should know who my coach is,” Labiano interrupted.
After the two-faced off, Gallagher can be seen, in a video captured by MMACrazy, confronting the supposed coach as security and various members of the respective teams worked to separate the two.