The Straight Blast Gym training team-mates are the only two Irishmen to fight at Madison Square Garden
CONOR MCGREGOR protégé James Gallagher will headline the Bellator Dublin show in November against Jeremiah Labiano.
The 20-year-old MMA star followed in his hero’s footsteps by becoming only the second Irishman to fight at the iconic Madison Square Garden in June.
Mystic Mac was over the moon with the younster’s first-round win over a veteran 20 years his senior.
The UFC icon Tweeted: “Atta boy Jimmy boy!! Smooth work”
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The similarities between the pair are uncanny, they not only share the Straight Blast Gym under the watchful eye of master coach John Kavanagh but their styles are almost identical.
Both have huge gorilla and lion tattoos on their ripped bodies and they both drape themselves in the Irish tricolour flag for fights.
The pair also ooze with confidence, after the fight was announced Gallagher said: “‘Welcome to the real Jimmy show.
“It will be a first for the fans here to have a Bellator event of this magnitude in Ireland and it’s the first time that my opponent will ever be strangled, so I’m glad it’s in front of my people.
“It’s the first phase of building the Jimmy empire, and I’m still only 20.”
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The Strabanimal – from Strabane in West Tyrone – has a perfect professional record and is happy to be compared to the man aiming to shock the world with a win over Floyd Mayweather.
When accused of being a copycat, Gallagher said he was happy to be linked to the greatest of all time: “Getting compared the GOAT? The man who will knock out Floyd? I’ll take that all day.”
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