If you’ve been paying attention to Bellator over the last few months, you’ve probably noticed that Chris Pratt, the star of Hollywood blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, has become a regular fixture at their shows.
At last weekend’s Bellator 214 show, however, Chris Pratt was more than just a member of the audience. He was in the building to support Adel Altamimi, who battled Brandon McMahan on the main card. In fact, as a friend and training partner of Altamimi, Pratt even served as one of the fighter’s cornermen.
Post-fight, Altamimi detailed his training with the Hollywood superstar Chris Pratt. Apparently, Pratt is actually quite a force in the gym.
“He’s really good,” Altamimi said of the actor (via MMAjunkie). “He has really good wrestling – he has a background in wrestling in high school. The guy has really good experience wrestling, and I work with him a lot with striking and I train him in striking. We roll a lot. He likes to roll, and he’s strong.
“I was trying to warm up with him (before the fight) and I was like, ‘I want another guy’ because he’s heavy. He has really strong hips. I know he’s a really famous actor, but he trains every day. This guy is always training. He’s very, very strong. He comes to fight.”
In the end Adel Altamimi defeated his Bellator 214 opponent McMahan by armbar in just 76 seconds, which is more or less what he promised Chris Pratt he’d do as they warmed up for the fight backstage.
“Back in the room, I was warming up and getting ready and I told him, ‘I promise you, I’m going to finish it in less than a minute,’” Altamimi said.
“I told him, I promised him it would be in the first round,” Altamimi said. “That’s how I am: I go to finish the fight. If you see all my fights, I don’t go to the second round. I go to kill.”
Do you think we’ll ever see Chris Pratt testing his mettle in the cage?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/28/2019.