After Dublin, Gallagher Could Drop To Featherweight
James Gallagher intends on staying at batnamweight, where he will be fighting at Bellator 217 against Steven Graham, but the “Strabanimal” knows that the money may be right for a move to featherweight.
At their media day for Bellator 215 and 216 last week, Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed that the next Grand Prix held by the Viacom owned promotion would be at 145-pounds.
“Does a million quid make sense?”Gallagher told the Eurobash podcast when asked if he’d be involved. “If it makes money it makes sense…if it makes money it makes sense and we will see if I’m going to be making money. [If I am] then it’s going to make sense to me.”
“I can fight in that weight class, but I’m happy where I am. I’m not in any rush to move back up and I’m not in any rush to do anything different, but if I get the right deal and it’s right for me, then I’m going to do what’s right for me.”
Channeling fellow SBG fighter Conor McGregor, Gallagher made it clear, if the’re willing to spend, he’s willing to fight.
“You don’t get a pizza with no pizza on top, do you?” Gallagher said jokingly. “If they’re willing to sprinkle some cheese on my pizza, well then I’m going to f*ckin’ eat it!”
Gallagher headlines Bellator 217 on February 23rd from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland at 9pm on Paramount Network, look below for the full card.
Bellator 217 Main Card (9 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: James Gallagher (7-1) vs. Steven Graham (5-3)
155 lbs.: Peter Queally (11-4-1) vs. Myles Price (10-7)
170 lbs.: Kiefer Crosbie (5-0) vs. Daniel Olejniczak (2-2-1)
145 lbs.: Richie Smullen (3-1-1) vs. Adam Gustab (3-2)
Bellator 217 “Prelims” Undercard (7 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Charlie Ward (5-3) vs. Jamie Stephenson (4-2)
138 lbs.: Ian Cleary (1-0) vs. George Courtney (0-0)
125 lbs.: Ryan Curtis (3-1) vs. Luis Gonzales (8-4)
185 lbs.: Will Fleury (4-1) vs. Shaun Taylor (8-1)
145 lbs.: Dylan Logan (2-3) vs. Andrew Murphy (1-1)
145 lbs.: Leah McCourt (1-1) vs. Hatice Ozyurt (1-6)
170 lbs.: Richard Kiely (2-1) vs. Mickael Bucher (3-3)
155 lbs.: Paul Redmond (14-8) vs. Charlie Leary (15-9-1)
155 lbs.: Samuel Slater (2-0) vs. Christopher Duncan (2-0)
170 lbs.: Walter Gahadza (17-3) vs. Ruben Crawford (16-3)
145 lbs.: Iony Razafiarison (5-1, 1 NC) vs. Olga Ruben (5-0)
165 lbs.: Alfie Davies (10-3) vs. Daniele Scatizzi (9-4)