James Gallagher to face Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180

James Gallagher to face Chinzo Machida at Bellator 180

James Gallagher will be a part of Bellator’s mega show in New York

By Oscar Willis - 27 Mar 2017

The Irish are heading back to New York.

Young SBG star James Gallagher will be appearing on the upcoming pay-per-view Bellator 180, as he takes on Chinzo Machida at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And, while it isn’t the title shot Gallagher has been campaigning for, a contest with Machida (brother of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida) offers the young Irishman what will easily be the biggest test of his young career.

Taking to his Instagram, Gallagher said of the fight: “The strabanimal is coming to steal the show @thegarden in NYC. 20 years old fighting in the biggest fight venue in the world. Im honoured to be able to represent my country, my team and my town of Strabane on the biggest show in the world. I’m coming here to steal the show. Thank you to my family and coaches and Bellator! The Irish are coming to New York!! Lets fucking do this. From st pats hall in Strabane to MSG in NY”

It marks the latest addition to what is becoming an increasingly stacked event.

In the main event of the June 24 card, Chael Sonnen will face off against his old rival Wanderlei Silva, while Fedor Emelianenko meets Matt Mitrione in the co-main.