Bellator 219: “Awad vs. Girtz” takes place at Pechanga Resort & On line casino in Temecula, Calif., this upcoming Friday evening (March 29, 2019), as Light-weight fighters take the highlight when Saad Awad (23-10) faces the bloodthirsty Brandon Girtz (15-Eight) in what is certain to be a pure placing alternate.
Undefeated prospect Joey Davis (Four-Zero) — a former Notre Dame School of Ohio wrestler who turned the first-ever in NCAA Division II historical past to finish his whole profession undefeated — is prone to ship equally scintillating motion when he locks horns with Marcus Anthony. Certainly, the collegiate phenom received 4 novice blended martial arts (MMA) titles in 4 weight lessons earlier than turning skilled, and since then has completed 50 p.c of his fights with highlight-reel elbows and kicks.
Davis not too long ago spoke with MMAmania.com about his Welterweight bout this weekend, in addition to the potential to be promoted onto a future most important card broadcast if he stays undefeated and delivers one other sensational end.
“It’s only a privilege. I’m joyful that Bellator discovered me, wished me to be a part of the group as (a part of the) ‘Fab 5’. It’s simply actually an honor to be competing once more. Not too many individuals get to be within the place to be knowledgeable fighter, so I’m simply actually honored.”
Studies previous to this interview advised Jesse Merritt (5-5) could be the opponent for Davis on this card. On the decision with MMAmania.com, although, Davis was not sure that’s who he’d face.
“Properly if I even combat Jesse Merritt! I don’t know who my opponent is at this second. I simply hope that the man (I face) is in form, in order that we will placed on a present for the followers, that’s all I can actually say. I do know my skills and what I’m able to doing, and I do know I can rock the bell, so I’m simply hoping that whoever I’m competing towards that they arrive ready.”
Placing it generously Merritt might not have been the BEST opponent Davis might have confronted on this card. He had misplaced 4 of his final 5 together with his promotional debut at Bellator 214.
“The primary time I supposedly was on the cardboard once I knew I used to be going to get on the cardboard it was Jesse Merritt, and I used to be getting ready for that. I assume my coach instructed me that he didn’t need to take the combat and I truthfully don’t blame the man. It’s most likely not a great combat for his profession. On the finish of the day a person gotta do what they gotta do.”
Evidently Davis was perplexed given we had been interviewing him and he didn’t even know what to anticipate on Friday evening.
“I simply haven’t heard that that will be my opponent presently. I’ve been listening to that I’ve a number of opponents which have backed down, or who do need the problem, in order of proper now I’m simply (*chuckling*) simply ready for an opponent to be trustworthy with you.”
MMA Mania acquired phrase shortly earlier than we went to press than Marcus Anthony (1-Zero) could be Davis’ opponent at Bellator 219. How did Davis put together for his subsequent combat in Bellator with out even understanding who it was?
“Easy. You keep prepared! When you’re knowledgeable fighter it’s a life, it’s a life lengthy journey. It’s an day-after-day grind, it’s an day-after-day wrestle. That’s how I’m getting ready myself, and um, that’s been my technique.”
Since his Bellator debut Davis has been a sizzling commodity out of Workforce BodyShop, however different fighters within the crew like “Child Slice” and Aaron Pico have struggled of late. I requested Davis how the group is dealing with adversity.
“It’s simply that our group is basically new, we’re nonetheless younger, we’re nonetheless hungry, so it’s only a good factor for me to be part of. I’m younger, I’m 25 years outdated, I’m Four-Zero as knowledgeable. Even with Antonio’s son A.J. McKee who’s 13-Zero we’re nonetheless younger. You’ve bought ‘Slice’ who’s younger as effectively, and it appears no matter is in line for him is gonna come fairly quickly and he’s gonna do effectively together with his profession. He’s already doing issues exterior of the fitness center, being a pacesetter exterior of the fitness center. These are issues I actually have a look at. I don’t actually have a look at what folks do inside the cage as a result of it’s two males on the market that simply actually need to win a combat. What issues is what you do exterior the cage or after you win that issues to me essentially the most.”
Clearly these setbacks haven’t affected Davis’ mindset or that of the group as an entire. I requested Davis if he is aware of what’s subsequent for him after he will get his combat at Bellator 219.
“That’s not for me to find out. I simply know that I’m going to get again within the fitness center, win or lose, and maintain grinding like I’ve been doing my complete life. It’s simply one thing I love to do. I really like to check my skills, I like to see the place I might be, I like to see the end result of my coaching. I simply — I really like to listen to excellent news once I’m coaching, I find it irresistible all. I’m simply grateful that I might be a part of knowledgeable group like Bellator that gave me the time of the day.”
As for that combat at Bellator 219, I requested Davis if there was anybody specifically he wished to face sooner or later or that Bellator is eyeing up for him to face.
“I used to be instructed that it could possibly be a man named Dearmine Road, a man from Detroit, Michigan. That’s all I do know for proper now. I can’t even actually pronounce it. From watching it he’s very explosive, very robust, athletic — all issues that I actually need to be careful for. It’s a combat on the finish of the day, you by no means know what’s going to occur. Yeah the man appears very gifted, looks like he’ll do something to win, and people are the worst sort of fellows to combat.”
For proper now although its all about Joey Davis vs. Marcus Anthony on Friday evening at Pechanga Resort & On line casino reside on Paramount Community.
Full audio of our interview is embedded above, and full protection of “Awad vs. Girtz” resides right here at MMA Mania all week lengthy.
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