CES 44’s Matt Bessette: Born and Bred to Entertain

RHODE ISLAND (Sat, April 15, 2017)– Before Matt “The Mangler” Bessette defends his CES MMA World Featherweight Championship for the second time against Jeremy Spoon in the main event of CES 44 on May 12 in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on AXS TV Fights, the hard-hitting Connecticut fighter caught up with FightBookMMA.

What are your thoughts on Jeremy Spoon?

I’ve seen some video of him. As a fighter, that’s usually all you can go on. I’ve had a lot of fights where you can tell before how a fight’s going to play out, but you take it as it is and do what you do. He likes to stand and exchange, so it’ll be a back-and-forth brawl until either a submission or a knockout comes. He’s tough, but I’m tougher. He’s good, but I’m better.

Do you think this is the toughest challenge of your career to this point?

I’m at this point where highly skilled opponents just serve to make me look better on paper. Really, I’m just fighting against myself. There’s no “face” to the person I’m fighting – I just go out there and try to take their heads as fast as possible. I don’t care if it’s a guy with a great record or a guy who’s 10-2, I’m going to go out and do what I do. Everyone’s going to see the same old “Mangler” on May 12.

How do you live up to the expectations people have of you? How do you keep rising to the occasion?

By not setting expectations. I don’t have expectations of myself. I just go out there and fight. I don’t really try to put on a show, that’s just how I fight. Born and bred to entertain. Whether it’s inside or outside of the cage, I just like to have fun and entertain. I don’t know how I do it, it just happens.

How’s it going to feel to have your hand raised again?

(Laughs) Twenty-two is a much better number than 21.


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