James Gallagher provides no excuses for Bellator 204 knockout: 'I'm down but not broke'
James Gallagher showed nothing but class following his stunning knockout loss against Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 204.
After talking a big game prior to the fight, Gallagher (7-1 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) was caught with some huge strikes and put out cold by Bandejas (11-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the opening round of their bantamweight matchup at Bellator 204, which took place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., and aired on Paramount following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Gallagher came out with a lot of pressure and was getting the better of his opponent. Bandejas stayed composed, though, and waited for an opening to land flush on the Irishman and put him on wobbly legs. Bandejas dropped Gallagher with a slick kick then finished the job with some ground strikes to set up an outpour of reaction from the MMA community.
Just minutes after losing the fight and returning to the locker room, Gallagher posted a somewhat lengthy statement on social media making no excuses for the outcome (via <a href="
He caught me I got beat fair a square. I’m 21 years old I’m still a fucking animal I will be back!! I love this game. It’s what I do. I’m down but not broke he caught me lucky I got clipped I went In on my Shield I’ll go out on it. I’m an animal. Fair play to him the whole game knows him now. Let’s go again. I’m coming back! Thank you everyone for all the support. To everyone glad fuck you haha I just got paid your years salary for doing something I love. I put my money where my mouth is! Thanks for the support I’ll be back December. There’s no one who has done what I have at 21 years old. I’m still that cocky mother fucker I am when I win and I’m still that cocky mother fucker when I loose. Thank you to everyone whose behind me.
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