Tensions were high on Thursday, as competitors gathered for a press conference hyping Bellator’s June 22nd return to London, England.
While many are looking forward to Gegard Mousassi’s defense of the middleweight title in the main event, main card attraction James Gallagher nearly got into a brawl with a member of his opponent, Jeremiah Labiano’s crew.
“Shut your f*****g mouth or I’ll come down there and slap you,” Gallagher said to someone he thought was Labiano’s coach on Thursday.
“Mate, you sit there and shut your f*****g mouth,” he said to the man after a 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*****g 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*****g mouth.”
“I don’t even know those guys,” said Labiano.
“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*****g 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.
The two would continue to jaw at one another, as they are two days away from facing off in a featherweight showcase.
For the full card of Bellator 223 look below.
Bellator 223 Main Card (9 p.m. ET):
185 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi (45-6-2) vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. (9-0)
170 lbs.: Paul Daley (40-17-2) vs. Erick Silva (20-10, 1 NC)
145 lbs.: James Gallagher (8-1) vs. Jeremiah Labiano (12-6)
185 lbs.: Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1, 2 NC) vs. Kent Kauppinen (11-4)
185 lbs.: Mike Shipman (13-1) vs. Costello van Steenis (11-1)
185 lbs.: Fabian Edwards (7-0) vs. Jonathan Bosuku (7-4)
185 lbs.: Charlie Ward (6-3) vs. Justin Moore (7-2)
Bellator 223 “Prelims” Undercard (6:30 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Chris Bungard (14-4) vs. Charlie Leary (15-10-1)
155 lbs.: Terry Brazier (10-2) vs. Tim Wilde (12-4)
205 lbs.: George Tokkos (3-0) vs. John Redmond (7-13)
170 lbs.: Richard Kiely (3-1) vs. Galore Bofando (5-3)
125 lbs.: Nathan Greyson (6-3) vs. Frans Mlambo (6-4)
125 lbs.: Kate Jackson (10-3-1) vs. Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5)
170 lbs.: Walter Gahadza (18-3) vs. Oliver Enkamp (7-2)
145 lbs.: Nathan Rose (7-1) vs. Luke Ord (6-2-1)
170 lbs.: Justin Burlinson (4-0) vs. Wendle Lewis (8-4)
125 lbs.: Denise Kielholtz (2-2) vs. Bryony Tyrell (4-3-1)
155 lbs.: Alfie Davis (11-3) vs. Josema Jose da Paz (8-7)
Initial Report: MMA Mania