The Bellator fight schedule runs on as Bellator 253 takes place this Thursday in the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States. Scott Coker and his team have put on a total of 11-bouts.
Bobby Lee (12-4) gets his much-awaited opportunity to showcase his skill-set in a major organization.
At 24, Lee already has 16 professional bouts under his belt, making him the more experienced fighter between the two.
Lee brings a 2-fight winning streak into this matchup, his last outing occurred only 2-months ago at CFFC 85 where he picked up a unanimous decision victory over Mike Hill, winning the Cage Fury FC Interim Welterweight Championship.
Representing Start BJJ, the work at the gym is clearly showing as Lee brings a 50% submission rate to the table. This will definitely be one of the keys to beating Davis.
The record of Joey Davis (7-0) speaks for itself. The 26-year old has fought all 7 of his professional bouts under Bellator and has undoubtedly delivered for the promotion.
There is usually an ice-cold feeling around Davis when he steps in the Octagon. He has collected 5 first-round finishes over his opponents.
Davis has been out of action for over a year which marks his longest period of inactivity since turning professional.
How are the emotions on the lead up to your Bellator debut at Bellator 253, it’s a pretty monumental moment in your career, how are you enjoying the whole process and build up. How happy are you to be finally getting a crack on one of the biggest stages?
Lee – “I’m feeling very calm, cool and collected going into what is the biggest fight of my career. I’ve been a professional for 5 years now and I feel like I’m entering Bellator at the right time. I’ve had some tough losses to deal with but I’ve grown up, I’ve matured and now I’m ready to compete with the best! I’m very happy to be recognized for my efforts and now I’m making my Bellator debut on the main card in the feature fight, where I feel I belong!”
For the Bellator community who may not be aware of your background, can you tell us when and how you got involved with the sport, any cool stories in that aspect?
Lee – “I was 12 years old when I saw GSP beat Matt Hughes with a head kick and I saw the emotion on his face, and I thought that that was something worthwhile to pursue with my life. Absolutely fell in love with a sport I was checking out books from the library, I was studying off of YouTube everything I could find. I was studying off a YouTube for at least 3 years before I got to an actual Jiu-Jitsu gym…”
You have proved against past opponents your one to be feared when it hits the mats, what’s the game plan against a guy like Davis who likes to viciously knock out his opponents?
Lee – “I think it’s kind of funny when people talk about game plans… When it comes to fighting the plan has always from day one, be better at fighting than the other guy. Be first to the punch, be on top and in control. Plan A is always to test the striking if the striking isn’t working out so we’ll get the takedown… and if plan A and plan B repeatedly do not work then the only other option is to pull guard. Pulling guard is never a wise option cause you’re giving up gravity.”
“Joey Davis has some phenomenal performances against some subpar opponents. I think I’m the best fighter he has faced and I am going to not back down and not be afraid to make this a gritty, nasty fight.”
Now you’re finally here, at 24 getting your chance in the promotion, is there anybody in the past or present under Bellator that has inspired you or maybe it would be a dream matchup?
Lee – “I was always a big Chael Sonnen fan who ended his career in Bellator. Michael Chandler had some phenomenal fights. I want to fight MVP.”
Davis is a guy who likes to get his opponents out there in the first round, how do you feel you matchup and what do you need to do tactically and physically to avoid falling victim to that R1 loss?
Lee – “I need to punch him in his face, back him up and let him know that November 19th is not his night.”
Can I get your overall thoughts on Davis as a competitor, an undefeated fighter who has fought all his pro fights under Bellator, do you feel you’re the underdog on this one and does that give you fuel for motivation?
Lee – “Davis is a good athlete with phenomenal wrestling credentials and he’s had some stellar knockouts. He’s clearly focused on his striking since transitioning into MMA, I’m expecting for him to realize I’m the best striker he has faced and he’s going to go to plan B and realize his college wrestling skills aren’t going to beat me.”
“I have no idea what the betting odds will be but they better be pretty close because if you look at what he has done he hasn’t done it against the level of competition like I have consistently.”
“Very much looking forward to making my debut Thursday night!!”
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