James Gallagher is taking on Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180, while Aaron Pico faces Zach Freeman on the very same card.
However, the two fighters got into an altercation with each other during the recent Bellator 180 media day event.
“Yeah, there were these juiced-up steroid heads just sitting there and they’d been accusing of my of like running or some shit on Twitter,” Gallagher said to Jim Edwards of MMA Uno. “So I walked up to them and I said, ‘I’m not running anywhere,’ and then [Pico’s] coach or his dad or some shit, he was like an 80-year-old man. I thought he was going to pull his back out jumping off his seat, but he jumped up looking for a scrap. That was basically about it. The security guard came over. It was basically some old man trying to have a scrap with me and I think that sums up the whole thing."
Neither Pico nor his team commented on the matter as of yet.
Gallagher also admits that after the altercation came to and end, that he was filled with pride for the way he handled the scenario.
“It gives me pride. They all want what I’ve got and I don’t know what it is the fuck that I’ve got, but they all want it because I don’t have the belt yet. That’s what I’m after, I want the belt. I don’t know what they want, but they want what I’ve got and I want the belt. If they don’t have the belt, they’re not in my way,” says Gallagher.
Bellator 180 takes place on Saturday, June 24 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Chael Sonnen and Waderlei Silva headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow the next day.