Image source: Podge Twomey via James Gallagher Instagram (@strabanimalmma)
The Bellator Dublin main event has been changed up as James Gallagher vs Cal Ellenor is scrapped due to a back injury suffered by Gallagher. The fight was previous cancelled between the pair in 2019 as Cal Ellenor was facing issues with his brain scans.
The fight was then rebooked for the Bellator Dublin show as it appears the issues Ellenor faced regarding his brain scans were inaccurate. Unfortunately, an injury on the other side of the cage means the fight will be delayed even further.
Bellator released a statement to MMA Fighting confirming the news that Gallagher vs Ellenor has been pulled from the card. The statement also confirmed that Leah McCourt and Judith Ruis would take over the main event spot on 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 took to his Instagram account to reveal more information about his injury and state his desire to still fight Ellenor when he returns to action.
“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. 🇮🇪💚”