Bellator CEO Scott Coker has tentatively penciled in SBG’s James Gallagher for a featherweight title fight in 2017 after the Strabanimal’s third-round stoppage of Anthony Taylor at the 3 Arena on Friday night in Dublin.
Gallagher extended his professional record to 5-0 against Taylor at Bellator 169 stopping the brash American with a rear-naked choke 1:52 into the the third round.
Coker said he was suitably impressed with Gallagher’s performance and said that the company’s plan would be to have the highly touted 20-year-old fight for the featherweight title in Dublin sometime next year.
“James fought smart,” Coker told reporters after the fight.
“He was patient, he was real technical in the beginning, and I think he knew it was only going to be a matter of time before he got the submission.
“I’m going to sit down and talk to him, I know he wants the belt, and all fighters do, but maybe we should have a couple of fights between now and then.
“But eventually we can plan it out to bring that title fight here next year. But I think a couple more fights and we’ll give him a shot.”
When asked about Coker’s planned timeline, Gallagher agreed that he should be in line for a title fight next year but that he already has one or two opponents lined up before he’s able to challenge for the belt.
“Yeah that sounds right, I’d agree with him,” Gallagher told reporters.
“Well I’m going to have one [fight] at the start of next year and a few months after that I’m going to have another one lined up.
“But it would look well wouldn’t it, this Gucci belt here is getting out of play a little bit, I want that world title.”