For his first fight of 2016, there’s not much more Bellator lightweight Saad Awad could have hoped for.
Entering his bout against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as a late replacement, Awad was able to pick up a first round TKO, getting him back on track after a loss to Patricky “Pitbull” Freire to close out 2015.
“I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be, because I’m always prepared, but I’m happy it went fast,” Awad told MMAWeekly.com. “I was a little bit jittery because it was a bigger fight, a bigger name, a bigger fight, and it was last-minute.
“I just knew that I had to go out there and perform the way I can perform – and I did it – so I’m happy with the way I performed.”
Awad feels his win over Santos helped make a statement, and show the promotion and fans alike that he’s an action fighter who is willing to meet any challenge that’s presented to him.
“I’ve always known that I could have done it, but I believe it showed Bellator and the fans that watched that I’m a real fighter,” said Awad. “If I make sure I’m 100% healthy, and a fight is presented to me, I’ll take the fight.”
Initially Awad (19-7) was hoping a title shot would come his way after the win over Santos, but instead he’ll be facing fellow longtime Bellator 155-pound fighter Derek Anderson (13-2) in a main card bout on September 26 in Anaheim, California.
“It’s going to be on one of the bigger cards, and that should bring some attention to it,” Awad said. “Hopefully I go out there ….View full article