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Bellator 141 interview: Lorenzo Hood dishes on Bellator debut, Ricardo Lamas and more

Heavyweight Lorenzo Hood has a lot going for him in his Bellator debut, including a three- fight win streak. However, former boxer Raphael Butler is standing in the way of his goal: Becoming an instant contender this Friday night on Spike TV.

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It's good to be Lorenzo Hood. "Dream Killer" currently holds a professional record of 9-2, with all nine of his professional wins coming via (technical) knockout.

That's an impressive statistic, which is only enhanced by the fact one of those wins came in the most spectacular fashion -- a Quinton "Rampage" Jackson-esque slam in the first round of his last bout against Joshua Anderson.

Heavyweight fighters with those kind of credentials are few and far between, so it's not at all shocking that Bellator MMA offered him a contract, nor that it gave him a big fight for his Bellator debut.

Literally.

Hood tips the scales at the 265-pound Heavyweight limit, and his opponent this Friday night (Aug. 28, 2015) at Bellator 141, Raphael Butler, is right there with him at about 261 pounds. Both men stand 6'3", so when these two go toe-to-toe inside Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., it will be eye-to-eye, too.

MMAmania.com recently chatted with "Dream Killer" about how he plans take on Butler, a former boxer turned fighter who showed off surprising submission skills in his last fight. And Hood admits he was impressed by what he saw.

"You know as mixed martial artists you're always evolving. I saw that guillotine in a highlight somewhere. I never watch film of my opponents but I think I saw that on Bellator's Instagram. I kinda laughed, I was like, 'Ah that's kinda cool!' I think he was fighting a really short guy too as well and kinda lifted him off the ground so that was impressive."

Hood's technical knockout slam of Anderson may be even more impressive, though, given it was over the usual 265-pound range at which Hood normally competes.

"I fought him at Super Heavyweight too man so, y'know that's why when I thought about picking him up with one arm I was like 'Man I just picked up 313 pounds with one arm and slammed him!' But hey, it happened and I'm glad it did and I'm glad I was able to win in exciting fashion like that."

The oddsmakers may favor Butler in this fight given his experience, but Hood is letting that roll off of his back.

"He's really good at boxing (with) very technical and crisp hands. He's a tough guy. He obviously is assumed to have a more technical striking advantage when it comes to boxing, but I don't really agree with that myself. Hey my job is to fight, not worry what the statistics are, or if I'm the underdog or the favorite."

Excitement is what Hood predicts for a brawl between behemoths in the Bellator cage.

"The fans are gonna get their money's worth. They're going to get a stand and bang match-up. You're gonna get two guys that are gonna go out there and look to end that fight. I don't see it going past the first round - that's for sure!"

Hood credits his finishing ability to working with Top Notch and in dancing with the smaller-sized fighters in the camp.

"Man they're like flies, they're like gnats, man they're all over the place -- flying and hitting you all over place. With all of that, I've come to emulate their movement, their constant movement and angles. It's funny when I go with heavyweights, I'm always faster and lighter because I'm going with these guys and I've been doing it for so long."

Ricardo Lamas, in particular, earns high praise from Hood, who reveals  "The Bully" is very well prepared for his fight with Diego Sanchez in Mexico on Nov. 21, 2015.

"He looks great man. Ric always looks good man! One thing about Ric man, he stays in great shape all of the time. I'll be honest with you - I've gone against lots of heavyweights all over, some of the best in the world (yet) Ric is one of the toughest guys I've gone against on a daily basis. He's a tough dude man. I think he's just born that way."

High praise indeed for a Heavyweight to speak that way about a Featherweight, but Hood is no stranger to respect, crediting all of Butler's accomplishments and expecting to put on a show in Temecula.

"This fight is gonna be good. This fight is gonna be really good. I'm really excited about it. If I was a fan of MMA I would be really excited about watching this fight."

Stay tuned to see what "Dream Killer" can do against "Silencer" on Aug. 28, 2015, live on Spike TV, broadcasting from Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Meanwhile, complete audio of our interview with Hood is below and complete Bellator 141 coverage is right here at MMAmania.com.

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