SBG Charlestown fighter Leah McCourt will now headline the event alongside Germany’s Judith Ruis, who were already set to square off in a featherweight bout on the Feb. 22 event at Dublin’s 3 Arena.
Sources revealed to MMA Fighting that the Irish headliner had suffered an injury in the lead up to the clash. Bellator subsequently confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday morning and revealed McCourt vs. Ruis’ new main event status. Revised broadcast details will be released in the coming days.
In a statement to MMA Fighting, Bellator confirmed the following:
“Due to an undisclosed injury, James Gallagher will no longer compete on Feb. 22 in Dublin, and his bout with Cal Ellenor has been removed from the card. A women’s featherweight matchup featuring Ireland’s Leah McCourt taking on Judith Ruis of Germany will now headline Bellator’s highly anticipated return to 3Arena,” the statement read.
This is the second time a meeting between Gallagher and Ellenor has been forced from a Dublin main event. Ellenor was bizarrely forced from their first meeting in September 2019 when he failed to gain medical clearance. However, it turned out that the information that led to his forced withdrawal was inaccurate and the bout was rebooked for Feb. 22.
Update: Gallagher revealed he suffered a back injury.
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I am absolutely heart broken. I am out of my fight due to a back injury that has been going on for over 2 weeks now. I always take the advice of my team and coaches. I will get stuck into my rehab and be back in there soon. And no I’m not letting him off the hook, he’s next. 3rd time unlucky for him. I’m made in adversity this is just another experience on this mad road I’m on. Thank you for the support as always and sorry let the people who’ve bought tickets and @bellatormma down. I’ll be in there again soon.
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