12:13PM, Thursday 14 November 2019
Former paratrooper turned two weight division BAMMA champion Terry Brazier is looking to live up to his moniker ‘The Dominator’ when he takes on Denmark’s Soren Bak on the 'Bellator London: MVP vs Anderson' bill at Wembley Arena on Saturday week (November 23).
The Windsor fighter doesn’t feel he’s shown the best of himself after stepping up to the American promotion earlier this year, having fought and lost to Chris Bungard in February while suffering with an infected elbow. Doctors he advised him against fighting.
He then produced an unconvincing third round submission stoppage to beat Alessandro Botti in his last bout in June where Brazier admits he wasn’t anywhere near his best but managed to ‘get the job done’.
This time he’s keen to show his promoters, and MMA fans across the globe what he’s all about, and, after a month’s training camp in San Diego, he’s ‘feeling loose’ approaching the fight.
“I’m just buzzing for this fight,” he said this week. “I haven’t had the start in Bellator that I would have wanted but I can’t be distracted by what’s been, I can only look to make the best of what’s happening now.
“I feel people will see the best of Terry Brazier in this fight. They’re going to see another side of me. There’s this view that I’m one dimensional but I’m feeling happy and relaxed for this one.
“I wasn’t that impressed with my last performance but I managed to get the job done.
"It was good to win but I felt like I was performing under too much pressure and stress following my first Bellator fight (which he lost to Bungard).
"I now feel loose again and I’m excited to get in there. I’ll be fighting without pressure this time and that’ll help me perform at my best.”
Bak will be making his Bellator bow at Wembley on November 23, having been a two-time winner of the Cage Warriors championship. But Brazier knows all too well the pressure that comes with making your Bellator debut and will be looking to dictate the fight on his own terms.
“He’s a grappler,” said Brazier. “He’s a champion cage fighter and I’m a champion from BAMMA. This is the best show in Europe but I’m looking forward to fighting and beating him.
“He’s thought of as one of the best grapplers there’s been in MMA, where as my strengths are boxing and striking. But I believe I’m better than him even if it goes to the ground. I don’t want to be playing into his strengths though so we’ll see what happens.”
Brazier, who comes into this fight with an 11 wins and two losses record, is now tapering down to make weight but is confident he’ll be in prime shape for the bout.
“Making weight is an art on its own,” he said. “But if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
“It’s about keeping myself in shape and mobile over the next two weeks while dropping weight.
“I have a nutritionist in my camp so I’m not concerned at all about that but you have to hit it and then make sure you’re in the best possible shape for the fight.”
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