Widely regarded as the next MMA superstar to come out of Ireland, James Gallagher and Mike Kimbel almost came down to blows when they came across each other at a media event organized by Bellator. (h/t MMA Fighting)
The incident stemmed from an Instagram comment made by Kimbel that drew the ire of Gallagher and once the pair met, tensions spilled over and ultimately, they had to be separated by other fighters.
As reported by Sherdog Forum, Gallagher recently shared an image on Instagram with his mother and Kimbel made a derogatory comment indicating that Gallagher's mother shouldn't have given birth to him. The distasteful comment caught the attention of the Irishman and the moment he saw Kimbel, he landed a punch on him.
The sheer animosity between the pair surely makes for a huge prospect for the fans to see them go toe to toe in a grudge match sometime in the future.
Check out footage from the incident, courtesy MMA Fighting.
James Gallagher is set to fight Cal Ellenor in front of his hometown crowd at the main event of Bellator Dublin in February next year and the Irishman is on a hot streak of three wins in his last three fights. Gallagher has a spectacular record of 10 wins and 1 loss in his entire professional fighting career and is touted by many to become the man who steps into the legendary Conor McGregor's shoes.