James Gallagher is out of his fight with Patrick Mix for Bellator 258.
MMA Junkie broke the news on Friday before Bellator 257 that the bantamweight had to retire for undisclosed reasons. Gallagher has had unsuccessful fights in the past due to injury, but when looking at backup events during the COVID-19 pandemic, it could be for a number of reasons.
Mix, of course, unhappy about the fight that is not happening is now waiting for a replacement opponent, meanwhile, the report also said that a fight between Paticky “Pitbull” Freire and Peter Queally could move to the main card once finalized.
Before Bellator began his career on SHOWTIME, the card changes happened just before his first date in April due to travel issues, so hopefully that’s the case with Gallagher. However, the 24-year-old will now have two fights canceled due to injury. In this current era of Bellator, where rankings are now used, losing the opportunity to fight hurts all parties involved.
Mix currently ranks number two on the official Bellator MMA rankings, and Gallagher, number five. Mix had 13 consecutive professional fights in his MMA career before losing to reigning champion Juan Archuleta at Bellator 246 for the vacant bantamweight title at the time. Gallagher is currently 10-1 with his only loss to Ricky Bandajeas in 2017. His most recent win was against Cal Ellenor, a fight canceled twice before it could finally happen.
The main event for Bellator 258 is Archuleta against Sergio Pettis and Mix would probably want another title shot, especially after having faced the champion. Gallagher, and every other ranked bantamweight is under Mix, so whoever Bellator finds to fill in could have a chance to get close to bantamweight gold.
What do you think is the reason for Gallagher’s cancellation?