SAN JOSE, CA. – Former 205-pound champion and No. 3 ranked Phil Davis and MMA superstar Yoel Romero previewed their highly anticipated bout at BELLATOR 266: Davis vs. Romero during a virtual media day on Thursday. In a fight that has two men who like to press the action, the victor will have a serious argument to face the winner of the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
The BELLATOR MMA 266 main card begins live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT from inside the SAP Center in San Jose, C.A. and also features a co-main event squaring off No. 4 ranked welterweight Neiman Gracie with Mark Lemminger along with No. 5 ranked women’s flyweight Alejandra Lara taking on San Jose’s own DeAnna Bennet.
Rounding out the SHOWTIME-televised main card, undefeated No. 8 ranked light heavyweight Christian Edwards takes on Ben Parrish at 205-pounds and “Insane” Georgi Karakhanyan matches up with Saul Rogers in a lightweight bout that is sure to bring fireworks.
Mark Lemminger: BELLATOR Welterweight:
“My family tree is harder than his. I’m not too shaken by the (Gracie) name. It would be cool to get a win over a Gracie because the MMA community really, really respects the Gracies, which they should. But to me, he’s just another opponent and I mean that with the most respect. I really do.”
“I work with a lot of high-level wrestlers, so I think I’m gonna be a hard guy to get in those positions. If it goes there I’ve got a team full a full high-level grapplers that I’ve been working with for years so I’m really not shy if it ends up on the ground either. I’m feeling pretty good about this fight.”
“I don’t think it’s that important to showcase all my skills. I think what’s more important is that I win this fight. I don’t care how I do it to be honest with you. I wanna get in the top 10 and then keep progressing from there so whether that’s me knocking him out on the feet or if that’s me controlling him on the ground and then you using my ground and pound it don’t matter to me either way. I’m just focusing on winning.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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