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James Gallagher unsure if Cal Ellenor will be next, interested in Sergio Pettis bout

James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor
Lee Hamilton-Cooper, Bellator MMA

After three scheduled bouts between them have been canceled, James Gallagher is unsure whether his next fight will be against Cal Ellenor when Bellator eventually begins to host events again.

The European duo were booked to headline May’s Bellator London card, which has since been canceled. Gallagher acknowledged how strange the situation is when it comes to his and Ellenor’s fight not making it to the cage.

“I just find it weird because how he pulled out at the start was, he just f*cked up on his brain thing. That was just weird—it was nearly creepy the way it happened—it was strange. I don’t know what to think about it, I’m thinking different things about it because it chops and changes the deeper I look into it,” Gallagher told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.

“The second time [we were scheduled to fight] I had a tear on my back. It was a legitimate reason not to fight with the scans, the medicals and doctors telling me, ‘Don’t fight – you need to rest up and do the rehab on your back.’ I’m still doing that even though I’m back training, I’m still working on that and trying to keep it right. Now, it’s not me, it’s not him and it’s not Bellator. It’s no one, it’s just a world pandemic that we’re all in.”

The SBG bantamweight feels as though there are bigger fights on the horizon for him in the U.S., and with Peter Queally set to headline the next Dublin event, he doesn’t know if Ellenor is still on his agenda.

“That’s the level I’m on now,” Gallagher replied when asked if he felt that trying to make the Ellenor fight happen was holding him back.

“I can’t make calls until everything is back up and going because no one knows anything. No one knows when the next fight is happening, no one knows… I’m thinking about maybe going back and fighting in America again and getting some bigger fights, like Sergio Pettis. I’ve got Dublin too, Dublin is coming up, but that’s Peter’s [Queally] gig so he’s going to do that. I actually don’t know [if I’ll fight Cal next].”

Gallagher underlined that his main focus is his family’s health at the moment and believes that fighters will be so desperate to compete by the time things kick back into action that they won’t care who they are facing.

“I’m just focusing on staying fit and staying healthy and when the call comes, I think we’re all going to be in a position that we don’t give a f*ck who it is, where it is, what it is. We’ll be like, ‘Just get me a fight,’ and that’s the mindset I’m in where I really don’t give a bollocks because… there is bigger fights and there is bigger things to move onto, but I’m the biggest. If Sergio Pettis is fighting anyone it’s like, ‘Cool, he’s fighting,’ but if he fights me it’s massive. The Cal fight, no one gives a bollocks who-the-f*ck he is; no one gives a f*ck about him, but if he fights me it’s a big fight. That’s just what I’m thinking about, so no matter what I do it’s going to be a big moment and I’m going to be ready for it.”

James Gallagher’s latest appearance on Eurobash begins at 18:30.

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