Former UFC fighter and current Bellator combatant Joey Beltran returns to the cage Friday, May 20, at Bellator 155.
“The Mexicutioner,” who’s dropped from heavyweight to light heavyweight and then to middleweight since his UFC release, moves back to heavyweight to face Chase Gormley at the event. MMA Fighting caught up with the man who once took the current UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic the distance to talk about his upcoming fight against Gormley, his lengthy career, and his job as a furniture salesman.
Below is a transcript of the conversation.
Danny Segura: Your last fight wasn’t in Bellator. It was at C3 Fights, where you defeated Lamont Stafford. How did that work out with your Bellator contract?
Joey Beltran: Bellator was super cool about letting me do that, I really just, you know, mentally for me, I just wanted to end the year on a positive note. I felt like I was doing so good in that Kendall Grove fight up until the moment I made that mistake. But, you know, at that upper level, one mistake is all it takes. I know that, and shit happens, but like I said, it was for just pure selfish reasons.
I just wanted to end the year on a good note and get some momentum going for 2016. Bellator was cool enough to let me do it, and I have a past relationship with the promoter, very professional, really awesome guys, really cool. Dr. Ron Tripp runs the C3 fights out there, and so it was a win-win situation for everybody. Bellator was cool with it, you know, Dr. Tripp got to use me for promotion, and it was all good. You know, the guy that I fought, he was coming off seven straight knockout wins, and I’m sure he thought he was on the cusp ….View full article
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