Coming off the first loss of his career to Paul Bradly this past January at Bellator 148, middleweight prospect Chris Honeycutt was able to rebound with back to back wins over Matt Secor and Mikkel Parlo in his next two fights.
“Secor was my last fight at welterweight, and he was real good at knee bars and leg attacks, so that fight probably wasn’t the most exciting if you weren’t really into that,” Honeycutt told MMAWeekly.com. “I was able to shut him down and get that win, which speaks volumes to where my ground game has come.
“Following up after that was when I went up in weight to fight Parlo. I’d been working on my striking for some time now, so I’ve been able to really showcase how my striking as gone and how much better it’s gotten. In the cage it’s a night and day difference in my confidence in my ability to strike.”
While Honeycutt did well in his first fight at middleweight, he feels he’ll be even better at it now that he’s had time to more acclimate to it and a less steep weight cut.
“(I did not feel the difference) so much going against Parlo, because it was such a quick turnaround between fights, but definitely in this fight camp it has been awesome,” said Honeycutt. “I’m actually able to train as a middleweight fighter.
“I’ve been able to lift weights and put more muscle mass back on and fight with more energy. I’m not dragging my butt back into the gym the next morning, sore as hell, I’m able to confidently walk into the gym and know I’m able to put forth quite a bit of effort.”
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