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Interview: “Irish” Brennan Ward is Pumped Up Ahead of Bellator 153

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“Irish” Brennan Ward might be one of the most underrated fighters on the Bellator roster. Besides being one hell of a fighter with only one win coming by decision, he is also the type of guy that you would love to spend a wild night out on the town with. Tomorrow he is slated to clash with MMA Veteran Evangelista Santos in his home state of Connecticut at Bellator 153. When the 13-3 welterweight spoke to Kevin Jones of MMALatestNews.com and The Main Event on Double T 97.3, there was the usual swagger in his voice. He was fired up and ready to put on a show for his hometown crowd.

KJ: Are you excited for your fight?

BW: Yeah Man! Always!

KJ: Tell me about fighting over in Japan at Rizin’s inaugural show. How was it fighting in front of those fans? Do you consider that a mile stone of your career?

BW: Yeah man there were so many people there, it was nuts! It was an awesome experience, awesome dude! I appreciated [the opportunity] I was stoked.

KJ: Tell me about your fight with Santos coming up, how do you see it going? Where do you see your career going after this?

BW: I see me going in there and doing what I always do man, throwing bombs bro, getting crazy. Maybe a double legged drill, maybe a back suplex, maybe a stone cold stunner, 3:16 motherf*cker! You know me man, I do work bro. They punch in and I try to end that shit. And I will end that shit.

KJ: Are you a big wrestling fan? Did you watch Wrestle Mania the other week?

BW: Nah I didn’t watch it. I used to be a huge wrestling fan but you know, I don’t watch too much T.V. now days. I am a busy mo fo.

KJ: You sitting at 13-3 going in against Evangelista Santos. He was a big name not to long ago but he has taken sometime off. Do you think that the lay off is going to hamper him in this fight?

BW: You never know what is going on. I fought Tamden McCrory, he had a four year layoff. He came back and knocked me the f*ck out, so it really don’t matter. If you want it you want it, you know what I mean.

KJ: Your last fight was at a catch weight. For this fight you are moving back down to welterweight. You have fought at middleweight as well. Do you feel more comfortable at welterweight?

BW: I mean I like them all man. You know people out there, they look at the upside or downside, you know like above welterweight I don’t cut any weight but I wasn’t as tall. You know at 170 I cut weight, but I am f*cking huge, you know what I mean. So it is all good either way, it don’t matter.

KJ: You are on a four fight win streak. How many wins do you think that you are away from a title fight? Do you think a win against a guy like Cyborg who has that type of name recognition puts you in line for next title shot?

BW: I don’t know man. You never know in this game.

KJ: You have been fighting for Bellator for four years now. How do you like fighting for them and what do you think about how they have grown? Where do you see them as an organization now and where do you see them going in the future?

BW: I like what Bellator is doing. They are doing a good job not only for themselves by putting on great shows, but also [for their fighters.] As far as fighting for the company, I know this personally…they f*cking take care of me you know what I’m saying, and I am not even one of the top, top guys. They hook me up. I go out and put on a show. You do what you are supposed to do, and I’m one those guys

KJ: You are form Connecticut. You are getting to fight out there for this fight and most of your fights are there. What is it like fighting in front of your fans? What is the reception like when you get these wins, do you go out and party with your fans afterwards? Are you recognized on the street?

BW: After I win man, hopefully my boys and me can f*cking party all night man. We’re gonna have fun for a week. Sometimes we party for a week brother! We don’t f*ck around out here, we get down. I don’t know how you do it in Texas, but do it big out here.

KJ: What is the food like in Connecticut? What do you grub down on when you party?

BW: We eat a lot of seafood out here man. We are right on the ocean. We cook out a lot. It is a thing [that] everyone makes their own clam chowder. We have a little competition to see who makes the best chowder. A lot of stripped bass going on. A couple of my boys own grinder shops, nice Italian grinder shops. We go there and get a big ole sandwich, a big ole sub you know what I mean. So that is what we cook up here that I like.

KJ: It sounds good. You are making me hungry brother.

BW: Me too. I am eating a f*cking quest bar right now because I got to lose weight brother!

KJ: One last fun question, this is one that we like ask fighters on the radio show all the time. You just got your big win, you are having a beer and you got a hot dog. What are you going to put on that hot dog?

BW: A hot dog? No ketchup on that thing. None! I got to go with…you get some ground beef on that thing, some f*cking chopped onions on that. You get some garlic salt, and you get some mustard, and that is all you get! That is what you get. That is how I do it baby. Lean protein over here.

KJ; I know you got your eye on the welterweight title fight between Andrey Koreshkov and Benson Henderson. Who do you got winning it?

BW: Koreshkov.

KJ: Do you think he is going to finish him?

BW: Um, no. I think that it goes to a decision.

Watch Brennan Ward take on Evangelista Santos tomorrow night, Friday April 22nd at Bellator 153 live on Spike.

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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