James Gallagher and Aaron Pico may not be the best of friends, but “The Stabanimal” insists that his fellow prospect is going nowhere despite suffering his third career loss to Adam Borics at Bellator 222 last weekend.
Gallagher’s sole professional loss to Ricky Bandejas was met with similar online traction and he admitted that he sympathizes with Pico following his latest defeat.
“100 percent [I sympathize with him],” Gallagher told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.
“Hats off to him, he puts it on the line every time. I don’t particularly like the guy, but you can’t hate on someone for getting defeated. The worst kind of mindset that I’ve seen is someone who hates on someone and puts someone down. We have to pull these people back up.”
Gallagher, who faces Jeremiah Labiano at this weekend’s Bellator London event, criticized those who are putting Pico down after the knockout loss.
“You can’t kick a man while he’s down and it’s absolutely horrible that people that are sitting on their sofas with a tin of beer saying, ‘He’s done’. He’s only f*ckin’ 24 years old or something, he’s got a long road ahead of him. Maybe his career hasn’t got off to the start he wanted, but he’s not done. He’s a young fellah doing something he loves. I don’t think he should be going anywhere; the only place he should be going is back to the gym and training. Maybe he should take a little break, but he should go back to the gym, get back on the horse and go again,” he said.
“F*ck that. Don’t be listening to any of these bums saying he’s done. He’s achieved a lot more than any of those people have ever achieved,” he added.
Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The James Gallagher interview beings at 49:00.