James Gallagher doesn’t plan to sit on the sidelines for long.
News broke Monday that Gallagher would be forced to withdraw from the main event of Bellator 196 in Budapest, Hungary, after suffering a hand injury in training. The 24-year-old Irishman took to Instagram to comment on the injury and announce his intentions to be back for Bellator 200 this coming May.
Want to say sorry to everyone who was tuning to watch me fight for this setback. I was at 100% healthy and ready to strangle everyone in this division once again, but I fractured my hand in an unlucky training accident. I stayed in the fight and would have done it with one hand easy, but unfortunately I couldn't get medically cleared and had to step out. Thanks to all of you for the ongoing support, and rest assured to the Jimmy Show will be back soon enough to clear out all of these bums. I'm going to be ready for #bellator200 in London in may. Who wants to see me on it ? @bellatormma
Gallagher wrote that he fractured his hand “in an unlucky training accident” and that he would have fought through the injury if he had been medically cleared to do so.
This is the second straight bout that Gallagher has lost to injury. Last November, “The Strabanimal” was supposed to fight Jeremiah Labiano at Bellator 187, but he was forced out with a knee injury. Gallagher is 4-0 inside the Bellator cage and 7-0 overall as a professional.