The Bristol, Conn., Boys and Girls Club was the site of a special Bellator MMA media day on Weds. (Feb. 25, 2015), featuring select fighters from the Bellator 134 main card. Joining them was Bellator President Scott Coker and MMA legends Royce Gracie and Tito Ortiz, who were there to meet with the high school wrestlers and fight fans at the club.
After cameras snapped both amateur selfies and professional pics, the fighters sat down for a media event and gave a slew of notable quotes about their upcoming fights tomorrow night (Feb. 27) on Spike TV from inside Uncasville's Mohegan Sun Arena.
Here are just a few of the highlights.
Emanuel Newton: "I'm the champion, and I'm planning to keep my belt. It doesn't matter who I'm fighting. I'm going to keep my belt. I've been training smarter."
Liam McGeary: "There's a whole lot more British fighters than just the guys who are here this week who are looking for the opportunity we have. I think we have something to prove, for sure."
Paul "Semtex" Daley: "It's a fight for us (British guys). Fighting's just a part of our culture. The Americans see this as a sport, but we don't treat it like that. I think I can speak for the rest of the British guys when I say that we're not here to play a sport, we're here to fight."
Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal: "I'm a 'moneyweight.' If someone offers me a contract to fight, I'm going to take it. I'm a fighter. My job is to fight."
Brennan Ward: "I always love fighting in front of a packed house, and I'm sure I'll be responsible for at least a few hundred tickets that are sold. It's electric in there."
Scott Coker: "These guys are amazing world-class athletes, and you're going to see some great fights Friday. We were in London a few months ago, and I can tell you that the people over there are really excited about these fights."
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