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Injury rules Gallagher out of main event in Dublin as SBG team-mate steps up

Wexford native Brian Moore will face undefeated American AJ McKee in the 3 Arena next month.

James Gallagher (file pic).
James Gallagher (file pic).
Image: Matt Mackey/Presseye

STRABANE NATIVE JAMES Gallagher has been forced to withdraw from the main event of Bellator 187 through injury.

The SBG fighter was set to defend his unbeaten record (7-0) against Jeremiah Labiano as the headline event in the 3 Arena, Dublin on 10 November.

But ‘The Strabanimal’ has sustained a knee injury in training, and is unable to compete.

“Absolutely heartbroken to have to pull out from my fight Nov 10th due to a knee injury,” the 20-year-old wrote on his Instagram account last night.

“I’ve tore the LCL and PCL. I’m going to let it heal up and recover 100% and I’ll be back stronger than ever! Hopefully we can get the “jimmy show” back in the new year!”

Undefeated American AJ McKee (9-0), a rival of Gallagher, will step into the octagon in his place and he’ll meet Wexford native and SBG’s Brian Moore (10-5).

Back in April, Moore picked up the most significant win of his career at Bellator 177. A second-round TKO saw him to victory over Czech featherweight Michal Horejsi (5-3) in Budapest.

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