A refreshed and rejuvenated Joey Beltran wants it to be known loud and clear that this isn’t the beginning of the end.
Beltran will step into the cage Friday night to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-11) at Bellator 108 in Atlantic City, N.J. Though he has gone 4-6 over the last three years, Beltran sees tonight as an ample opportunity kickstart his career.
“I know how important it is and that’s why I’m going to go out there and do it,” Beltran told MMA Weekly. “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. I know how important this fight is and what I need to do for myself, my career, and my family. I’m not taking this opportunity lightly. I’ve got to go out there and perform.”
Beltran was released from the UFC in October. After going through the rigors of UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight opponents, he felt there was no need for a tune-up fight once he landed in Bellator.
“I’ve been competing at the highest level of MMA in the world,” said Beltran. “It’s not possible to win every fight, at least most of the time. I’m realistic. I’m not the best athlete in the world or the biggest, strongest, or fastest, but I go out there and lay it on the line every single time I fight, and that’s why I’ve been able to compete at the highest level. There’s no need to take a tune-up fight, might as well jump into the deep water. I actually was the one who asked for this fight.”
You can expect Beltran to push the pace once the bell sounds.
“I think I need to hit the gas pedal right from the beginning and keep punching,” he said. “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.”Tags: Bellator, Bellator 108, Joey Beltran, MMA NEWS