Things did not go well for up and coming prospect James Gallagher, whom Bellator has been banking on to become the next Conor McGregor.
There are reasons for the comparisons ... the two are teammates at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, and Gallagher comes with a similar cocky style that could make him a star if he backs it up in the cage. Unfortunately for James and Bellator both, he didn’t on Friday night at Bellator 204.
Gallagher entered the cage pretty pumped up and decided to scream right in opponent Ricky Bandejas’ face before their fight.
But halfway through the first round, Bandejas got sweet revenge, catching the Irish prospect and then putting him out with what a side kick many are noting is a carbon copy of WWE legend Shawn Michaels’ ‘Sweet Chin Music.’
That of course, resulted in the internet taking the piss out of young James, who attempted to make lemonade out of lemons with his statement following the loss.
I talked a big game and got the big fall, that everyone scared To do. If I hadn’t of talk none of you would be talking about me either. It’ll be the best thing that ever happened me!! I’ll take it on the chin ( literally) and move on. Hats off to my opponent, I show up fully prepared ready to go there’s no excuses. I’m going to bounce back from that loss and climb my way back up and become world champion. I woke up today with no injuries and with the people who care still around me. I get back to the gym put in the work and climb my way back. Nothing will keep me down! My spirit is bruised , never broken! I’m still the shit! @pnp_photography_
”I talked a big game and got the big fall, that everyone is scared to do,” he wrote. “If I hadn’t of talk none of you would be talking about me either. It’ll be the best thing that ever happened me!! I’ll take it on the chin (literally) and move on.”
But before we move on? A little more internet savagery.
Not even Connor has been as cocky inside that cage before a fight as Gallagher was... that was a life lesson for that kid #Bellator204— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) August 18, 2018
Me: I kind of feel sorry for James Gallagher, the backlash he is going to receive will be huge.— Jordan Patu (@Jordan_Patu) August 18, 2018
Inner Me: HAHAHAHAHA THIS MOTHERFUCKER JUST GOT KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT. SIT DOWN, BE HUMBLE. #Bellator204 pic.twitter.com/FFuOi5H5ir