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James Gallagher gets second headline fight in Dublin as rematch with Cal Ellenor confirmed

James Gallagher celebrates his win at Dublin's 3Arena back in February (INPHO/Gary Carr)
James Gallagher celebrates his win at Dublin's 3Arena back in February (INPHO/Gary Carr)

Strabane fighter James Gallagher will get a second chance at rival Cal Ellenor when the pair headline Bellator Dublin on February 22.

The two fighters were meant to clash at the 3Arena back in September, however Sunderland native Ellenor pulled out of the fight on medical advice.

Ellenor claimed that concerns with a brain scan saw doctors order him not to fight and believed his career may be over.

Gallagher, meanwhile, went on to fight late replacement Roman Salazar instead and made light work of him, winning with a guillotine choke submission in the first round.

But now the pair will go head-to-head again after Bellator officials confirmed that Ellenor had been misdiagnosed and had been cleared to fight.

"Ellenor has been medically cleared by a licensed physician to return to active competition, following an incorrect reading initially provided by a doctor in South Africa," read the Bellator statement.

"Bellator MMA, as well as the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations which oversees the organization’s international events, maintains that athletes pass all medical requirements, ensuring they are held to the highest standards in safety and regulation."

Gallagher, nicknamed 'The Strabanimal' is coming off the back of a third straight victory and has only lost once in his career - back in 2018 - while Ellenor is 8-2 in his career.

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