AJ McKee and James Gallagher are two of the hottest prospects on the Bellator roster and as luck would have it, they happen to compete in the same weight class and have some real issues with one another. Though Gallagher is currently scheduled for a stark test against Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180 on June 24, he and McKee seem to be destined to collide.
“I want to fight Gallagher regardless of whether he wins or loses,” he said. “That little shit needs to be slapped in the mouth.”
McKee then recapped the cause of his beef with Gallagher:
“It’s not really a genuine dislike, it’s just a matter of respect,” he explained. “He’s a little disrespectful dude. At Anthony [Taylor’s] fight, when we were in Dublin, he was just feeling big, you know? He pushed Anthony, started his little conversation with Anthony and walked up to me and said ‘you’re next, pussy.’ And I said ‘remember those words, you’re going to regret them.’ That’s some disrespectful stuff. Then he ended up on national television calling me a pussy. I mean shit, where I grew up, you call me a pussy on the street, I’m going to clap you in the mouth right then and there. That’s just a man’s instinct, you know? That’s confrontation, you’re challenging a man’s manhood.”
Yet while McKee is eager to fight Gallagher, he does not believe the feeling is mutual.
“I think he just finally figured out he’s barking up the wrong tree, and now he’s just trying to let it build up,” he said of the Irishman. “He’s going to let it build up cause he really doesn’t want to fight me. If he wanted to fight me, when they offered him that fight in New York, he would have so ‘no, I’m not fighting Chinzo, I want to fight AJ McKee’. And they would have asked me ‘hey do you want to fight Gallagher?’ And I would have made it very clear that I have no problem fighting that dude.”
Who do you think wins a fight between AJ McKee and James Gallagher?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/8/2017.