Peter Queally praises the “little maniac” for inspiring him to victory at Bellator 258.

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Peter Queally praises the “little maniac” for inspiring him to victory at Bellator 258.

In Connecticut, a surprise appearance by an Irish contender’s teammate helped propel him to victory.

At Bellator 258, Bellator lightweight contender Peter Queally earned one of the most significant victories of his career, then hailed the man who flew across the country to be his cornerman for the fight.

Queally, who trains at the famed Straight Blast Gym in Dublin with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, had been sequestered in Uncasville ahead of his critical lightweight encounter with Brazilian challenger Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, and appeared to be on his own.

However, fans recognized a familiar face in Queally’s corner on fight night.

In Queally’s corner was SBG teammate and Bellator bantamweight contender James Gallagher, who was dressed in a Republic of Ireland football shirt and shouted advice and guidance to “The Showstopper” during his fight with Freire.

Gallagher’s counsel and enthusiasm obviously paid off, as he blasted Queally to victory via doctor stoppage after some well-placed elbows left the Brazilian with a big cut on the top of his head.

Now that he’s back in Ireland, Queally has used his Instagram account to pay respect to Gallagher, who stepped in to corner and support his teammate on fight night in Connecticut.

Queally said, “What a lad this kid is.”

“He caught a breeze.” I was flying across the country from California to be there for me because I was going to this fight on my own and didn’t have a coach or corner crew.

“I love it when he’s in my corner, too; he’s such a tiny fanatic that it feels like we’re leaving my dressing room for a street fight!

Peter Queally (@peterqueally) shared a post.

“I would have taken out The Hulk in round 3 if I had to, walking back to him dripping in blood and him screaming in my face at the end of Round 2!”

“Any day of the week, I’d go to war with him!”

Gallagher, whose unwavering faith in his own abilities has driven him to the top of Bellator’s bantamweight division while also earning him as many enemies as supporters, has taken a lot of social media abuse during his career. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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