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James Gallagher injury prompts Bellator 187 reshuffle, including A.J. McKee to main event


Irish featherweight James Gallagher is injured, and his rival, A.J. McKee, is stepping into the spotlight.

Gallagher (10-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) recently suffered a knee injury and has been forced to withdraw from Bellator 187, prompting the promotion to elevate McKee (9-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) to the headliner of the Nov. 10 event at 3Arena in Dublin, where he’ll meet Brian Moore (10-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

A Bellator official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Gallagher subsequently made an announcement on Instagram.

Absolutely heart broken to have to pull out from my fight Nov 10th due to a knee injury. I’ve tore the LCL and PCL. I’m going to let it heal up and recover 100% and I’ll be back stronger than ever! Hopefully we can get the “jimmy show” back in the new year!

McKee, initially targeted against Jeremy Petley (11-8-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), now faces SBG Ireland product Moore, whose original opponent, Andre Goncalves, will now face Irishman Decky Dalton on the same card.

Gallagher’s originally scheduled opponent, Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), will now be rebooked for Bellator 188 on Nov. 16 in Tel Aviv.

The unfortunate injury delays Gallagher’s return to home soil after a first-round submission of Kirill Medvedovsky in his third appearance for the Viacom-owned promotion in February. So far, the undefeated 20-year-old is 4-0 with the promotion.

Gallagher has circled McKee, another undefeated prospect in Bellator’s featherweight ranks. But despite a heap of trash talk between the two up-and-comers, the promotion has yet to book them. McKee has said he’ll only wait so long for the fight to happen.

Gallagher’s knee injury, of course, delays any showdown. McKee hopes to improve to 10 straight wins.

Bellator 187’s main card airs via tape delay on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

For more on Bellator 187, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.



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