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Gallagher keen to step down to bantamweight

James Gallagher is a man in a hurry to the top

JAMES Gallagher wants to follow in the footsteps of team mate Conor McGregor by becoming a two-weight UFC world champion.

On Saturday evening Gallagher made it a magnificent seven wins as a professional by taking out Brazilian Chinzo Machida in the opening round of the biggest show in Bellator history at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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The ‘Strabanimal’ won on a submission with a rear naked choke in just two minutes and 22 seconds to move a step closer to a possible world title shot.

Immediately after yet another whirlwind performance the 20-year-old Tyrone MMA star called out featherweight champion Patricio Freire

Freire accepted the challenge however in the cold light of day Gallagher has since revealed he wants to drop down to bantamweight so he can become a two-weight champion when he beats Freire!

“I think November is next for me and to go down and whip a few 135-ers,” Gallagher said..

“I’m going to drop down a weight class I think, I’ll speak to my team first before I do anything, but it’s looking like 135 is on the cards.

“Hopefully that can be done and get that belt. Get one or two fights and get the title shot.”

McGregor, who is in training for a mega bucks showdown with Floyd Mayweather, became a two-weight UFC champion when he added the lightweight title to his collection last November and Gallagher plans to emulate his fellow countryman.

Gallagher is in a rush to conquer the world and he believes stepping down gives him the best opportunity to achieve that goal sooner rather than later.

“Realistically, I feel like it’s going to be three or four fights before they give me a shot (at featherweight),” he explained.

‘But I feel like if I drop down to 135 I’ll only need one or two (fights).”

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