Liam Gallagher secured a third-round armbar over Dylan McIlvenny to win his pro-MMA debut at BTC 14: Clash. It all went down at RBC Place in London, Ontario on March 5th.
I spoke with Gallagher following the victory and excerpts from our chat are below.
The emotions following the win
“Feeling good. Completely honest, wasn’t my best performance. Felt a little flat. Striking wasn’t what I wanted it to be. But at the end of the day, still got the victory. Got the submission. I’m happy, a win’s a win. Just things to work on for the next one.”
What contributed to Gallagher feeling flat
“A year and a half out of the cage, pro debut, a lot of nerves. I think those all played a factor. But again, like I said, at the end of the day, a win’s a win. I’m happy with the win. Not going to sit here and pretend like I’m not. Just things to work on. Things to go back to the gym, things to take from this fight, and bring into the next one. So I’m happy but I expect better performances in the future.”
Fighting in a town so rich in Canadian MMA history like London, Ontario
“It’s my fourth time I’ve fought in London. I always like coming out here to fight. The crowd is vibrant. The energy, the people, it’s always a really good showing in London. So I’m always happy to come back and always happy to fight here.”
The work had at Burlington Training Center and Vision Quest
“I’ve made Scott Macovi, Josh Hill, Lyndon Whitlock, Chris Prickett. Honestly, these are the best coaches in Ontario. Matt McDonald at Bora Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I can’t ask for better coaching.”
Parting thoughts for Liam Gallagher
“I’ll be back in there in July and expect another win.”