When he heard Tito Ortiz was injured, Joey Beltran asked Bellator to fight Quinton Jackson. A bout with Rampage would be the highest profile fight he's had and a chance to make his name. Beltran is confident heading into the bout, and feels he has the plan to beat Rampage:
“I think I need to hit the gas pedal right from the beginning and keep punching. Keep punching and swinging and do what I need to do for the entire 15 minutes and make him fight the entire fight. If I do that, I think I will be able to break him.”
While Beltran admits that once he’s on the precipice of the fight, he won’t be thinking about the ramifications of it. Leading up to Friday’s bout, he knows what’s at stake and he intends to make the most out of this opportunity.
“I think in the actual physical moment of the fight, you don’t think what’s going to happen after that. You’ve got a 220-pound man trying to knock your head off, but leading up to it, I know what’s waiting for me on the other side of this victory,” he said.
“I know how important it is and that’s why I’m going to go out there and do it. I want to go in there, beat Rampage, get in the 205-pound tournament, win that, win the title – I want it all – I’m not here to just collect a paycheck.”
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