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‘The swagger is again’: James Gallagher focusing on world title run on Bellator return

James Gallagher is poised to make a run at a world title with a win in Bellator’s return to Belfast, Northern Ireland on Friday. The SBG Ireland-trained native of Strabane fights the experienced Brazilian Leandro Higo in a featherweight clash; a fight which comes months removed from Gallagher’s return to the 145-pound weight class this

‘The swagger is again’: James Gallagher focusing on world title run on Bellator return

James Gallagher is poised to make a run at a world title with a win in Bellator’s return to Belfast, Northern Eire on Friday.

The SBG Eire-trained native of Strabane fights the skilled Brazilian Leandro Higo in a featherweight conflict; a struggle which comes months faraway from Gallagher’s return to the 145-pound weight class this previous August after an prolonged run at bantamweight.

And whereas Gallagher says that the break up determination win over James Gonzalez in Sioux Falls final yr didn’t present the vary of his capabilities within the cage following a two-year absence from competitors, the 27-year-old says that Friday’s exhibiting towards Higo will serve discover as to his ambitions within the featherweight fold.

“I didn’t have that swagger again in myself,” Gallagher advised MMA Fighting of his most up-to-date exhibiting within the Bellator cage. “However I did what wanted to be accomplished and bought the win and that’s all that issues. Abso-f*cking-lutely, the swagger is again for this one.”

Gallagher’s final efficiency within the enviornment he fights in in Belfast on Friday additionally got here at featherweight — a primary spherical submission victory towards Kirill Medvedovski — and he says that it’s on this weight class he feels most snug, regardless of having come near the summit of the promotion’s 135-pound division beforehand.

“It wasn’t till I had like seven fights that I went all the way down to 135,” he mentioned. “I’ve by no means been beat at 145. I feel I’ve bought about eight or 9 145 fights now, and so they’ve all been wins. So it’s form of like, return to what’s not damaged.

“I really feel like I can deal with approach, sparring rounds, getting correct power and conditioning coaching, and simply really feel rather a lot higher,” he added of the variations between the 2 weight classes. “I simply really feel like I used to be injured each different coaching session [at 135].”

In Leandro Higo, Gallagher takes on a fighter with 13 submissions in his 22 wins. However the Irishman says that there are ranges to this.

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“He’s good at what I’m finest at,” Gallagher acknowledged. “There’s a distinction. He’s good, I’m the perfect. He’s going to don’t have any alternative. I’m going to get on high of him, elbow him within the head, take his again and choke him. He’s going to don’t have any alternative — whether or not he welcomes it or not, that’s what’s going to occur. I’m going straight into these exchanges.

That’s precisely what’s occurring. I’m going to go in and beat Leandro Higo and I’m going to struggle for the belt subsequent.”

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