James Gallagher out of Bellator 258; Patchy Mix awaits new opponent

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Nolan King
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Bellator 258 has taken a hit.

Rising Irish star James Gallagher is out of his bantamweight fight against former title challenger Patchy Mix for undisclosed reasons. The fight was scheduled for the promotion’s May 7 main card.

A promotion official confirmed Friday to MMA Junkie the matchup had fallen through after Mix (13-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) alluded to needing a new opponent. The promotion is actively seeking a replacement.

As a result, a scheduled lightweight fight between Patricky Freire and Peter Queally has been elevated to the main card.

“As expected the boy went f*cking running SMH,” Mix wrote on his personal Facebook page. “This (expletive) never wanted to be locked up in the cage w me,” he added.

Out of his last four scheduled fights, only one has gone through for Gallagher. Two fights (including this one) he withdrew from due to injury. A third was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Gallagher, 24, is on a four-fight winning streak dating back to his lone career loss to Ricky Bandejas in August 2018.

As for Mix, he most recently came up short in a vacant title challenge unanimous decision loss to Juan Archuleta at Bellator 246 in September. It was only the fourth time Mix went the distance as a professional. The other 10 fights, he ended inside the distance.

With the change the Bellator 258 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champion Juan Archuleta vs. Sergio Pettis – for bantamweight title

  • Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero – light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal

  • Derek Anderson vs. Michael Page

  • Patricky Freire vs. Peter Queally

PRELIMS (MMA Junkie, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Patchy Mix vs. TBA

  • Josh Hill vs. Raufeon Stots

  • Weber Almeida vs. Johnny Soto

  • Johnny Campbell vs. Henry Corrales

  • Johnny Eblen vs. Daniel Madrid

  • Bryce Logan vs. Alan Omer

  • Hannah Guy vs. Valerie Loureda