Future UFC Champ

James Gallagher

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My name is James Gallagher. I am 17 years old and from Strabane, Northern Ireland. I live in Dublin 5 days a week where I train in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with SBG (Straight Blast Gym). I have competed in many competitions such as the Northern Irish Open, Irish Open, Irish Cup, British Open and the European Open all of which I won gold . I am currently training in MMA and I am making my amateur debut on Cage Contenders in April.

When I was younger I tried out different sports, for example, Karate, Boxing and Gaelic football. When I turned 12 I became aware of MMA as there were a few shows being held where I live. On my 12th birthday I decided to try out MMA training and haven’t looked back since. I knew straight away that this sport was definitely for me. I then left school at 16 to train full time and started living my dream. At the young age of 13/14 I competed in teenage MMA events and achieved a record of 7 wins and 3 losses. My local Council in 2012 awarded me with the Young Sports Star of the Year, 2013 Sports Star of the Year and in 2014 I received a Special Recognition Award for all my achievements.

Achievements in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

10th January 2010 Northern Ireland Championships No Gi Age 13 Under 16 Gold
10th January 2010 Northern IrelandChampionship No Gi 13 Under 18 Gold
27th August 2011 Irish Cup BJJ 14 Under 18 Gold
01/12/11 North West No Gi 14 Under 18 Gold
23rd October 2011 British Open No Gi 14 Under 16 Silver
12th January 2012 Northern Ireland Championships BJJ 15 Adult section white belt Gold
10th March 2012 Irish Open BJJ 15 Adult Section white belt Gold
15th April 2012 Irish Cup BJJ 15 Adult Section blue belt Gold
8th September 2012 Irish Cup No Gi 16 Adult Advanced Silver
19th May 2012 British Open BJJ 16 Juvenile blue belt Gold
21st October 2012 European No Gi Championship 16 Juvenile blue belt Silver
21st October 2012 European No Gi Championship 16 AbsoluteJuvenile blue belt Silver
26th January 2013 European BJJ Championship 16 Juvenile blue belt Gold
2nd March 2013 Grapplepalooza No Gi Tournament 16 Adult blue belt Gold
28th April 2013 Irish Open BJJ 16 Adult Section blue belt Gold

My goals this year are to fight in as many amateur MMA competitions before I’m 18. I will then turn professional which will enable me to compete in bigger competitions.

The first competition I entered was the Northern Ireland Open, I was 13 years of age and won both the U16 and Under 18 categories on the same day. I also competed in 10 teenage MMA Competitions with 7 wins and only 3 loses. I started training under John Kavanagh at 14. John felt I was too young to be competing in MMA and advised me to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu until I came of age which we agreed should be 17.

As I am still at the amateur level in MMA I do not get paid and there are no grants or funding available to assist me. To achieve my goals it requires intense full time training. I am dependent on family and friends to help me financially. For anyone who can support me I will take you on my journey to success in MMA!!! There are a lot of expenses that come with training full time, for example, equipment, gear, travel etc. It is important for me to follow a proper diet, which include supplements. They help to sustain the stamina required for me as an athlete to have.

My hopes and dreams for the future are to become world champion in MMA and appear on the biggest platform, the UFC. This is my ultimate goal. They say you get what you put in and I am certainly putting in the work. Please join me on my road to success, I was made for this.

Twitter: @Jamesgall28

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