Irish MMA star James Gallagher is happy to throw hands with anyone in the Bellator bantamweight division, but whatever you do, don’t touch his mother.

The Irish sensation, dubbed “The Strabanimal”, played the starring role in Saturday’s Bellator 217 event in Dublin, Ireland this past weekend.

And when he scored a submission victory over Steven Graham to extend his career record to 8-1, he celebrated wildly inside the cage, and was greeted by his ecstatic mother.

The pair hugged as they celebrated Gallagher’s impressive victory, but one slightly over-zealous cageside ref got a little too close to Mrs Gallagher, as he grabbed at the proud Mother as she hugged her son after his win.

The ref’s attempted intervention didn’t go down well with Gallagher who made very clear to the official not to be putting his hands on his mother.

The usually happy Gallagher responded with fire in his eyes as he told the man in question:

As he did so, he told the other security personnel in the cage exactly what not to do, saying sternly: 

That guy really loves his mom. 

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