Bellator 270: Mindfulness Fuels Gallagher’s Mental “Reset” Before Mix’s Fight


James Gallagher last fought in October 2020 when he beat Cal Ellenor in Milan
Dated: Friday July 5 Place: 3Arena, Dublin
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“After this fight, I’ll be the number one contender in the world and I will fight for the belts.”

For James Gallagher, a world title has long been a fate.

In Dublin on Saturday, he could be one step away from realizing his long-standing potential when he takes on American Patchy Mix at the Bellator 270 in Dublin.

Gallagher has not fought since he defeated Cal Ellenor last November, with the initial date for his Mix fight being postponed to May after injuring his shoulder in training.

While one can expect the same explosive performance from Gallagher in the cage, it is his change of preparation that makes the Strabanimal so confident in his Friday success.

The outlook and perspective has changed for many people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and the Northern Irishman is no different. Not only did he move to the United States to train, but he adjusted his mindset after a career “reset”.

“I came to a point in my career where I am very famous, I am very popular and I make a lot of money – but I needed a place to escape and refocus, learn to grow as a as a person and not just as a martial artist, ”he said.

“I went there on vacation and just didn’t come back. I was happy and the training was absolutely amazing. I felt right at home and it was what I needed.

“I changed as a person and it changed my goal. Whether everyone sees it or not, I really don’t care what people think, but I’m proud of myself and the work I’ve done. . “

The move to the United States has not only changed Gallagher’s fighting outlook in the ring, but also the way the 25-year-old lives away from the gym.

Gallagher worked with James Krause in Kansas City but says he is still in contact with famous Irish coach John Kavanagh who elevated fighter Strabane “to a world class level”.

“There is a good atmosphere. Everyone I hang out with talks about progress,” he added.

“There are no distractions, everything that takes away from training is about my ultimate progress.

“Anything that distracts you from training here teaches me how to be a better person in life. “

“I am well placed”

With a Bellator world title potentially at stake if he were to triumph in Dublin on Friday, Gallagher believes “now is my time”.

“What motivates me the most is looking at myself last year, seeing how far I am and how much I have controlled my mind,” he added.

“As soon as I wake up at 6 in the morning, I take a five minute cold shower. Right away you fight against yourself and this is my first victory of every day.

“Then I read for an hour, this is my second battle. Nobody wants to read at 7 in the morning, then I go look for the hardest trick in the gym.

“Yo everyday at the gym until it gets the easiest ride. I’ve been working out for about 12 months.

“I am now in control of my mind and everything I do in my life. It is freedom and I am now in a good position.”

Uneven mixing
Patchy Mix’s professional record stands at 14 wins and one loss

While Gallagher is confident of success, Mix will provide a stern test and is third in the Bellator bantamweight standings, three places ahead of the Northern Irishman.

The 28-year-old has also lost just one of his 15 professional fights, and only three of his wins have come the distance.

“I put all my heart and soul into it. No one can beat me,” added a provocative Gallagher.

“He’s a very good fighter and it will be a very tough fight but I have nothing to do. There is nothing he can do to make me shake.

“If he takes me to the first round, I’ll get it to the second. If you take me to the second, I’ll definitely put you on the third.

“Say whatever you want, but in my heart, between 40 seconds and three and a half minutes, he’ll be done. An opportunity will present itself and I’ll grab it in that split second.

“The winner of this fight will face either Sergio Pettis or Kyoji Horiguchi. After this fight, I will be the number one contender in the world and I will fight for the belts.”

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