Muay thai has been a way of life for Kevin Ross (30-9), who began training in art of eight limbs back in 2003. It’s taken him to Thailand, put him up against some of the best in the world and led him to multiple titles. But on April 16, 2016, he will be putting his elbow strikes on hold as he steps in the ring for the debut of Bellator Kickboxing in Turino, Italy, against Matteo Taccini.
*For clarification, Bellator Kickboxing — like GLORY and K-1 rules — forbids the use of elbow strikes, which is common place in muay thai.
After the former Lion Fight champion finished out his contract and became a free agent, Bellator president Scott Coker paid a visit to the CSA gym, where he trains, and told him the plans for Bellator Kickboxing and expressed his interest in bringing him into the fold.
“I’ve known Scott Coker for a very long time and he came by our gym and let me know what he was looking to do,” Ross told MMAmania.com. “My contract with Lion Fight was up and I was kind of a free agent and it was just the right time and the right opportunity so I jumped on board.”
Coker really sold the deal to the California-based fighter by informing him he wouldn’t have to be exclusive to Bellator Kickboxing and could still seek out muay thai fights, which was music to Ross’ ears because he’d have the best of both worlds and would still get to fulfill his passion for muay thai.
“He told me he wanted me to fight other places and stay busy whenever they weren’t keeping me busy and I told him I would sign with him that day,” Ross recalled. “It was a no-brainer. I’ve been waiting my whole ….View full article
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