Shreveport, LA. (March 11th, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships debut in Shreveport, Louisiana, happens this Saturday, March 12th LIVE on MTV2 from The Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. The event will host Bellator’s Lightweight Quarterfinal matchups as Patricky Freire meets Rob McCullough, Ferrid Kheder takes on Toby Imada, Lloyd Woodard fights Carey Vanier, and Marcin Held meets Michael Chandler.
Please find quotes below from all these fighters regarding Saturday’s event.
"Razor" Rob McCullough
I think everyone says they're going to stand and strike with me, but then when it comes down to it, they're going to try to take me down. I don't expect Patricky [Freire] to be any different, so it's all good. I hope he tries to stand with me. That would be awesome, but it doesn't matter to me. Anywhere this fight goes, I plan on finishing it.
I have a whole new focus in life. My mind is right, my training is on point, my timing is there, my conditioning is there - I'm ready to do this. I have a family to provide for, so this is serious business. This fight is kill or be killed in my mind.
I plan on getting in that cage and leaving my mark. This is a tournament fight, and I'm not planning on it going three rounds. I plan on putting a stamp on this puppy. I'm pacing back and forth just thinking about it. I'm ready to get to work.
The chance to face a former world champion in my first fight in the United States is an excellent opportunity for me. I'm ready to make the most of it.
I'm coming into this fight knowing that the odds are on his side. He is favored, and I am the underdog. Rob is strong and a great striker, but I think fans are going to be in for quite a surprise.
I know “Razor” Rob is a former Muay Thai Champion, and I'm prepared to stand and trade strikes with him. I’m prepared for any situation.
If I decide to take the fight to the ground, that's where I'm going to take it. But at the same time, I will have the option to keep the fight standing, because I truly feel like I'm better than Marcin [Held] in all aspects of the sport.
I'm coming out in this fight with [Marcin] Held to send a direct message to anyone else I might be fighting in the future. I'm planning on going out there and putting on a completely dominant performance in front of hundreds of thousands of fans on MTV2. People are going to know that I'm the real deal.
This is my big coming out party, LIVE on MTV2. I want to to win this tournament more than anybody else, and I have the ability to win this tournament more than anybody else. People are going to see that on Saturday night.
I know that Michael Chandler is very good fighter, but in this tournament there are no weak fighters. I am happy that I have the opportunity to fight against a fighter like Chandler.
I want to put on a good fight. I'm going to go out there and do my very best, and if I win, then for sure people will keep an eye on me.
I think that I am completely prepared for Michael Chandler. Wrestling is his strongest skill. I know this and respect this, but I am not worried.
I 'm definitely confident that I have what it takes to send Lloyd [Woodard] home with his first defeat. I'm always confident. It doesn't matter if my opponent is undefeated or not, I always feel like I have what it takes to put whoever is standing in front of me away.
I don't think that Lloyd [Woodard] has ever fought anyone like me. I feel like I'm a tougher fighter than the guys he's come across in the past. I think I'm going to show him something that he hasn't seen before.
I can honestly say that Lloyd [Woodard] isn't going to be able to show me anything that I haven't seen before. Training down at Greg Jackson's, I've been blessed to be able to see it all. From Jon Jones to Donald Cerrone, it still amazes me that I get to spar with some of these guys and see all of these different things.
I know Carey Vanier is a talented fighter with strong wrestling and really good takedowns. I'm training to fight the best Carey Vanier ever right now. I know he's been training down at Greg Jackson's, so I'm sure he's been working on the mistakes I've noticed from his last couple fights. I'm also pretty confident that he's going to be showing up in shape, so I'm ready for the best he has to offer. I really want this fight to be a battle.
I just like being in really exciting fights. I honestly wouldn't mind if this fight with Carey [Vanier] turned into a war. I'm actually hoping that it does. My coach hates it. I go in there wanting to be really technical, but once that adrenaline starts going I just can't help myself. I fight better when I get rocked. It makes me step my game up that much more.
Carey [Vanier] is definitely one of the toughest guys I've fought up to this point, and I expect for him to be tough. I don't expect for any of my opponents from this point on to ever not be really tough, which is great because that allows me to showcase more of my skills.
I think judo could possibly end up playing a role in this fight with Ferrid [Kheder], but I can't go in there thinking it's a judo match, because it's not. I think that the second I go in there trying to play judo with him could be where I mess up, so I'm just going to go into the cage looking at it like it is—a fight.
I don't see this fight with Ferrid [Kheder] going the distance. I'm definitely hoping that it doesn't go the distance. My goal is to make sure that it doesn't especially after the way the decision went in my fight with Pat Curran. I never want to leave my fate in the judge's hands again.
I'm going out there in this fight with Ferrid [Kheder] to make it count and to make it look good. If he doesn't see me as a threat, then that's his mistake – works out better for me.
Toby [Imada] is a great fighter. He's always in there looking to put on a show. He fights like I fight, always looking to finish. I think that's going to lead to us being the best fight of the night.
Fighting is not about dancing around the cage and hoping to get the takedown, I don't believe in that. The fight is supposed to be exciting. If I wanted to win a fight with just good takedowns, I would have stuck to judo.
Toby [Imada] has a judo background like me, and I know he has good submissions. Besides that, his recent performance at the S-Cup showed me that he's a good striker as well. With that being said, I think I'm better than him everywhere, and now it's up to me to show the world that what I'm saying is the truth.
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