The two will not battle this weekend at Bellator London, but Gallagher did attack Kimbel during the proceedings after comments allegedly made by Kimbel about Gallagher’s mother.
“He’s 2-4 or something like this, but he was talking a lot of (expletive) about me,” Gallagher said to MMA Junkie. “He was saying my name all the time, running me down, saying a lot of hateful, annoying things. But that’s cool. Say what you want about me. I understand the fight game. Then he took it a bit too far and took a screenshot of a picture off of my Instagram. I posted up a picture of me and my mum coming to visit me in Dublin. I brought her out for dinner, and we got a picture outside the restaurant. I was like, ‘Such a good weekend seeing my mother.’ And he screenshotted it and put it up and goes, ‘She should have swallowed the sperm cells that have made this.'”
According to reports from those on the scene, an angry Gallagher walked right up to Kimbel during the media day and proceeded to punch him directly in the face.
Gallagher hopes that Kimbel learns through that brief act of violence that he should never disrespect Gallagher’s mother.
“For me as a young man, I don’t disrespect women like that,” Gallagher said. “That’s the lowest of the lowest. I would never disrespect any grown woman, nevermind my mother. Not only has he disrespected a woman that I know, he disrespected a woman that I love to bits. A woman that has made me the man I am. And that was it. I didn’t say nothing else. I just left it at that. And he asked last month, could he come to Dublin. I said, ‘Yeah, of course you can come to Dublin. You might not get back out, though. You might not.’ Might’ve, might not, whatever. But when I saw him today for the first time, I didn’t say nothing else to him. I just walked up and smacked him with a left hook on the chin, and that was that. Don’t speak about my mother again.”
There has been no comment from either Kimbel or Bellator MMA officials on the matter.