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13th Dec 2016

WATCH: James Gallagher involved in confrontation with Bellator 169 opponent at open workout


Robert Redmond

This was a bit bizarre.

James Gallagher is preparing for his second bout in Bellator. The 20-year-old SBG fighter, who won his debut bout in the promotion back in July at Bellator 158, will step into the octagon against American Anthony Taylor.

The two fighters ran into each other at an open training session ahead of this weekend’s card at the 3Arena in Dublin, and things became a little strange.

A video from Severe MMA shows Gallagher entering the workout area, where his opponent Taylor is already present and seemingly waiting on the fighter nicknamed the “Strabanimal.”

Gallagher pushes Taylor, who proceeds to shout “What’s up” quite a bit and offers to fight Gallagher’s training partner, before being escorted away.

Gallagher posted about the strange encounter later on Instagram.

Come into our gym and say you run the place then get escorted out for your own safety. Do something. #doneinone

A photo posted by James gallagher (@james1gallagher) on

Gallagher will be hoping to continue the impressive start he’s made to his MMA career at Bellator 169.

The SBG fighter has won all four of his MMA bouts so far, and debuted in Bellator with a unanimous decision victory over Mike Cutting.

Gallagher told SportsJOE’s Darragh Murphy that he wasn’t happy that the contest went to judges, and said he aims to surpass the achievements of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

“I can do better,” Gallagher said.

“I’m still only 20 years of age and I’ve seen how he did what he did so now I’m going to make it better and do more.”

He also predicted a quick finish to this weekend’s fight against Taylor.

“I reckon I’m going to bust him up early on and choke him in the first.”