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James Gallagher Praises Conor McGregor But Aims To Be Greater

James Gallagher Praises Conor McGregor But Aims To Be Greater

James Gallagher (6-0) who left school to train mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been making waves recently and will be facing Chinzo Machida at Bellator: NYC this weekend in New York. It will mark Gallagher's first pro fight in the U.S.

The 20 year old has had great comparisons with his fellow country man Conor McGregor who is to face legendary Boxer Floyd Mayweather come August 26 and the only one to simultaneously hold two titles from two different weight class.

James Gallagher had taken that bold step to move to the MMA when there was no Conor McGregor in the Highest level of the sport but He insists that since Conor can do it, then he can surpass him. 

"When I quit school and moved hours away from my home and family, I didn't know if it was even possible for someone from Ireland to make it to that level," Gallagher told "Once Conor done it, I knew it was real. It felt that much closer to me.

"He set that path and your hat's off to him. All over the world, MMA would not be what it is right now without Conor McGregor. No one has ever done what he's done, but I'm planning on doing more than what he's done."

More? Than McGregor? The same McGregor, 28, who became the first fighter to ever hold multiple UFC titles simultaneously last year? And has positioned himself to face Floyd Mayweather in a nine-figure boxing match in August?

"One-hundred percent," Gallagher said. "I'm 20 years old, you know what I mean? I know the training he's done. He's done so much more trial and error. He's tried things that worked, and tried things that didn't work. The things that didn't work, he threw them out.

"I can see that through my coaches. The trial and errors that he's done aren't happening with me. It's a focused plan. It's not 'Try this, see if it works.' It's 'Do this. This works.' Conor has set that path and made it clear what works."

He has had such a wonderful Career under coach John Kavanagh, Gallagher has finished all but one of his pro fights via submission. He'll eye another finish on Saturday as he continues to work toward his own legacy. 

"The more people watching, the better I do," Gallagher said. "I thrive under that. It makes me want it more. It's not like 'Oh s---, I have to perform because 20,000 people are watching me live.' It's nothing like that. It's 'I get to show these people what I can do.'

"This is a warm feeling for me. No one from back home, 20 years old, has been close to this. A few years ago, I was just running around, training something I love. Now I'm here in New York with the world at my fingertips. I'm going to put on the best performance of my life this week."
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