James Gallagher is not willing to let anyone take away the glory and greatness that he has been working for and heading towards all this time. But that does not mean he has no respect for his opponent.
Ahead of their face-off on February 22, Gallagher claims that he is the one who went ahead and made the rescheduling happen this time, according to a report by MMA Junkie.
Gallagher (on Ellenor): He's a great fighter... but I've got nothing
Ellenor had to pull out from their previous fight owing to what his doctor had to say about his brain scan results, which could have forced him to hang up his fighting gloves for good. But it turned out to be a misdiagnosis and Ellenor was soon cleared to appear in the Octagon for a fight.
According to Gallagher, he wasted no time and contacted the promotion to make the fight happen, just like he said he would.
"They say I'm all talk. Cal pulled out with the brain thing. I told Cal he gets that sorte. I'll fight him again. I made that fight happen. I contacted Bellator. 'Get that fight; that man deserves it.'... that's real talk."
Gallagher clearly has enough respect for his latest English opponent to take initiative and make the fight happen. However, when it comes to actual fighting, he is not going to pull any punches or show any sympathy for the one who stands between him and the success he has dreamed of.
"He's a great fighter, looks like a good man. I’m not friends with him. I don’t like him. I don’t dislike him. I’ve got nothing. Nothing, just that’s my answer, is nothing. But what I do got on my hands on Feb. 22 is a man who’s trying to take away everything of my dreams. I’ve been dreaming of this greatness, striving for success, and I’ve got a man who wants to come and take that away from me. I want to deal with him. I want to deal with him; I want to punish him for doing that.”
Gallagher has indeed scoured seven victories in Bellator only in the perusal of the greatness he talks about, with only one loss under the promotion in his four-year run. His current winning streak is of three consecutive victories, including the 35-seconds submission win over Ellenor's replacement Roman Salazar at Bellator 227.