After getting debut call while eating cheesecake, Galore Bofando delivered at UFC-Glasgow

GLASGOW Galore Bofando made a memorable UFC debut Sunday when he scored a rare first-round knockout against Charlie Ward at UFC Fight Night 113.Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) produced just the ninth slam-related stoppage in UFC history when he tossed Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) head-first into the canvas in their welterweight bout, which took place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Bofando admitted he “didn’t expect for that much power to come out” when he threw Ward to the ground, but nevertheless, he got quite a result. It was a near-perfect UFC debut, and one Bofando said he was unsure would arrive when he nearly gave up on the sport before getting a deal with the promotion.
“I was at home eating my big cheesecake, not thinking about training (when the UFC called),” Bofando told reporters after his win. “I was missing training for a few weeks. My coaches said I need to get back in the gym because they were sending me a UFC contract. … I definitely wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t expecting it. I almost gave up on my training and everything. It gave me a reason to train and come back.”
The Brit had spent the entirety of his career competing on the regional scene in England before his UFC opportunity came along. He hadn’t competed since February 2015 prior to UFC Fight Night 113, and he said he held a strong belief he would never fight again.
Bofando said he wasn’t happy fighting at a lower level. When the breakthrough opportunity came along against Ward, he made the most of it.
“When I was giving up on my training, I kept having this voice in my head that would say, ‘Look, we might as well just remove your arms and your legs and give it to somebody else because you’ve got talent why are you wasting it?'” Bofando said. “I said to the universe, ‘You’ve got to give me a reason to train.’ That happened. So the universe did its part of the deal, now I’ve got to do my part of the deal.”
Although some fighters have game plans for their careers that go beyond the next fight, Bofando said that’s not the case for him. He was thinking nowhere beyond the encounter with Ward, so when reflecting on his future, Bofando was stumped for ideas.
“I don’t even know (what’s next) at the moment,” Bofando said. “One step at a time.”For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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