He is not shy about calling people out.
After defeating Mark Hunt’s mixed martial arts through a unanimous decision over six rounds, Gallen called out another UFC fan in his post-fight interview.
Former Cronulla Sharks captain and New South Wales Blues captain looked down the camera and sent a strong message to Robert Whittaker, demanding a boxing bout against the former UFC midfielder.
“What now? Rob Whittaker,” Gallen said when asked about his future plans.
“I looked at you about a year ago in an interview and you were asked if you would fight me. He said ‘yes I would fight him but he wouldn’t fight me’ and you gave a condescending smile.
“I’m here mate, I’m happy to meet you here, but stop making prices for yourself.
“I respect Rob – I know him reasonably. But I just want to beat him.
“I’ll beat him as I beat Mark (Hunt), I’m going to train hard, prepare for him, have a game plan, get in there and hit him.”
But the call didn’t stop when the Gallen ring interview ended.
Even at the post-fight press conference, the 39-year-old wanted to make sure he wasn’t joking when it came to mourning the gloves against the Aussie UFC star.
“He smiled, in a way that bothered me,” Gallen explained to the media.
“I thought ‘stuff for you, you condescending p ****, you know? I’ll fight ya.”
The event that Gallen mentions comes from a podcast made by Whittaker earlier this year with Grange TV.
When asked by guest Fabricio Itte if he would go toe with Gallen or SBW in boxing or MMA matches, Whittaker, 29-year-old, said: “100%, accepting that my contract allowed him and that everything was in place for both of us to be taken care of then of course I would – but I don’t think so. “
Followed by a cheeky giggle from the winner of the Ultimate Fighter TV show.
But Whittaker’s smile didn’t seem to sit too well with Gallen and the league rugby captain is asking for him to pay for it.
But while an all-Australian bout might be a big draw for fight fans, it’s very likely that Dana White would sign up – after all, Whittaker is still under contract with the UFC and on the way to another title against Israel. Adesanya.
Some reports even suggest he could face Paulo Costa, who was a number one contender, in early 2021.