James Gallagher Suffers Back Injury, Withdraws from Bellator Dublin Headliner

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 4, 2020

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A back injury has forced James Gallagher to withdraw from Bellator Dublin on Feb. 22.

Promotion officials initially revealed that Gallagher had pulled out of his headlining clash against Cal Ellenor due to an undisclosed injury. As a result, a women’s featherweight tilt between Leah McCourt and Judith Ruis will serve as the card’s new main event.

Shortly thereafter, Gallagher took to social media to reveal the nature of the ailment that led to his exit from the event.

“I am absolutely heart broken. I am out of my fight due to a back injury that has been going on for over [two] weeks now,” Gallagher wrote on Instagram. “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. [Third] 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 [I] let the people who’ve bought tickets and [Bellator MMA] down. I’ll be in there again soon.”

Gallagher was previously supposed to face Ellenor at Bellator 227, but Ellenor withdrew from that bout due to an injury of his own. The 23-year-old SBG Ireland representative has won three straight since suffering his first professional defeat and is coming off a 35-second submission of Roman Salazar at Bellator 227.

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