James Gallagher has suffered a back injury and has been pulled from the upcoming Bellator 240/Dublin card, where he was scheduled to headline against Cal Ellenor.
Bellator MMA officials issued the following statement to MMA Fighting on the matter, stating that Leah McCourt versus Judith Ruis will now headline the card:
“Due to an undisclosed injury, James Gallagher will no longer compete on Feb. 22 in Dublin, and his bout with Cal Ellenor has been removed from the card. A women’s featherweight matchup featuring Ireland’s Leah McCourt taking on Judith Ruis of Germany will now headline Bellator’s highly anticipated return to 3Arena.”
Gallagher also issued the following statement on Instagram:
I am absolutely heart broken. I am out of my fight due to a back injury that has been going on for over 2 weeks now. I always take the advice of my team and coaches. I will get stuck into my rehab and be back in there soon. And no I’m not letting him off the hook, he’s next. 3rd time unlucky for him. I’m made in adversity this is just another experience on this mad road I’m on. Thank you for the support as always and sorry let the people who’ve bought tickets and @bellatormma down. I’ll be in there again soon. ------
Bellator 240/Dublin takes place on Saturday, February 22 from the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland with Leah McCourt and Judith Ruis headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on the Bellator App.