Rafael Lovato Jr. celebrates after Bellator London

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  1. Seriously, not rush James Gallagher? In Bellator’s Bantamweight division there are Darrion Caldwell, Juan Archuleta, Eduardo Dantas, who just lost, Toby Misech, Shawn Bunch, Dominic Mazzotta, Sebastian Ruiz and youngsters, Patrick Mix, 25 years old, Mike Kimbel, 25 years old, and John Douma, 22 years old. So just how many fighters do you want James Gallagher to avoid of the Bellator roster at Bantamweight? MVP did it for years at Welterweight. He didn’t fight Brennan Ward or Chris Honeycutt or Chidi Njokuani or Paul Bradley or Andrey Koreshkov or Derek Anderson and as soon as he had a step up in opponents, we found out he has poor take down defense and so far he can’t take a punch. MVP pretty much skated in the Bellator Welterweight division after Scott Coker took over. You want the same thing for James Gallagher? To skate in Bellator’s Bantamweight division only fighting Bantamweights not on the Bellator roster while the other Bantamweights on the roster fight each other?

  2. Hi Rodney. My point was more that, with the announcement of the Dublin card in September, Bellator don’t throw him to straight to Horiguchi for headline’s sake. The fact is, despite his wins in the division, he is still only 22 – MVP didn’t have his first Bellator fight until he was 26. We know fighters can grow exponentially over the course of a year alone, and I’m not for one minute suggesting that he needs to be protected, just guided. Especially after revelations he made at the post-fight scrum. Who do you like as his next match-up? I think Patrick Mix makes sense, a Bandejas rematch could be seen as too much lateral movement…