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Interview with Roman Faraldo ahead of Bellator 252

Roman Faraldo

Scott Coker and his team have bounced back exceptionally well after the pause in action due to COVID-19. This Thursday Bellator is back for Bellator 252, with a 12-fight card, live from Uncasville, Connecticut, United States, headlined by Featherweight World Champion Patricio Pitbull and Pedro Carvalho.

I had the pleasure of catching up with undefeated Welterweight Roman Faraldo, who makes his Bellator debut against a more experienced Pat Casey.

Roman Faraldo

Florida’s Roman Faraldo (3-0) will look to come into Bellator hot as he makes his official debut with the promotion.

The 27-year old turned to the professional ranks mid-2019, where he picked up two stoppage victories over Dilano Taylor and Ramon Butts. Returning two months later, with a second consecutive round one win over Gerrick Bontekoe at Titan FC 59.

Roman Faraldo is yet to taste defeat since his first competitive amateur fight until now, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Mixing it up with UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal, UFC Lightweight Luis Pena, and Bellator Middleweight Dalton Rosta will be doing wonders for the confidence of his early career.

Pat Casey

Pat Casey (6-3) comes into the bout the more experienced of the two. Casey made his professional debut under Bellator back in 2018, with a win over Tyler Hamilton. Followed up by victories at CES 49 and Premier FC 26 before returning to Bellator to go (4-0).

Casey will be desperate to put on a show and get back to winning ways after a tough year, failing to win in his last two.


Interview

How has preparation been ahead of your Bellator debut this Thursday, as a fighter, these are the chances you wait for to prove yourself on the biggest stage, how excited are you to show the Bellator community what you’re all about? 

Faraldo – “I’ve been preparing to fight since June for cards in August and September, so I’m overly confident that I’m prepared. I’m super excited to show my skills and perform for the Bellator community.”

You’re currently (4-0) and have yet to taste defeat across your amateur and professional career. Why do you feel the times right to break out the regional circuit and hit the bigger leagues in mixed martial arts?

Faraldo – “My the move to ATT has been very reassuring in my skills in taking the next step.”

Training at ATT, your round some of the biggest names in the sport daily, how motivating is it for you to be around names such as superstar Jorge Masvidal, and Luis Pena and Dalton Rosta who have recently started to make the breakthrough. 

Faraldo – “It’s very reassuring when you get to train with some of the best fighters in the world and go round for round with them.”

What does it mean to you to get an opportunity on Bellator, and also is it a one-fight contract or a multi-fight contract, as I know Bellator like to do that with some debutants? 

Faraldo – “When I started on my mma career, I’ve been working with one goal and that was to fight and win in a premier promotion.”

If victorice against Casey, is there anything in your head you’ve visualised next, are you looking to get in there relatively quickly or take some time off? 

Faraldo – “After my victory I’ll be looking to get back in the cage ASAP.”

Your opponent has suffered two back-to-back loses and will be looking to get back into the win column. Do you feel this will have an effect on Casey, make him even more dangerous, or give you a mental advantage when the cage door closes? 

Faraldo – “I don’t judge any opponent on their last fight. It’s a new fight there a different fighter and I’m going in there with the intentions on finishing the fight.”

Whats your thoughts on Casey as an opponent, how do you see this bout between the two of use playing out? 

Faraldo – “He has a solid fighter and I look forward to finishing him with strikes.”

Just for people who haven’t watched you compete yet, what can we expect to see from Roman Farlado this Thursday?

Faraldo – “You can expect to see me outclass my opponent in a stand up match up.”


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