VIDEO | James Gallagher, Mike Kimbel nearly brawl ahead of Bellator London

By Tom Taylor - November 21, 2019

Chaos briefly broke loose ahead of Saturday’s Bellator London card, as rising bantamweight stars James Gallagher and Mike Kimbel nearly brawled backstage on media day.

Mike Kimbel, James Gallagher

Luckily, the pair were separated by others nearby — including Bellator welterweight star Michael “Venom” Page, who battles short-notice replacement Gianni Melillo in the Bellator London main event.

See this near-brawl from two different angles below (via Peter Carroll and Michael Morgan).

Kimbel and Gallagher, two of Bellator’s brightest young stars, are seemingly on a collision course with one another. Not only are both wickedly talented, but they also share interesting backstory.

Gallagher trains at SBG Irelend, home to Irish MMA stars like Conor McGregor. Kimbel, meanwhile, trains with Tom Egan, Ireland’s first UFC fighter and a former SBG student.

While this fight seemingly needs to be made in the future, Gallagher is currently booked for a fight with Cal Ellenor, which will go down at Bellator Dublin on February 22. In this fight, Gallagher will look to extend his win-streak to four straight, and further separate himself from the lone loss of his career: a knockout at the hands of Ricky Bandejas. He’s 10-1 overall.

Kimbel, meanwhile, is 3-2 as a pro. In his last fight, he was stopped by strikes from Chris Disonell. This loss was preceded by a split decision win over Sebastian Ruiz, and a submission loss to John Douma in his Bellator debut. The 22-year-old doesn’t currently have a fight booked.

Should the pair win their next fights, it seems likely we could see them collide sometime in 2020.

Do you think Bellator would be smart to book a fight between Mike Kimbel and James Gallagher? Who do you think would win this clash of bantamweight prospects? Join the conversation in the comments section.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/20/2019. 

This article appeared first on BJPENN.COM


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