Dan Cramer is Ready for Another Grind at Bellator 92
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.06.2013
Cramer is used to being the underdog...
MMAjunkie recently spoke with Dan Cramer who faces Brett Cooper in the Bellator season 8 middleweight semifinals at Bellator 92 on Thursday. Here are some highlights:
Eegarding his being the underdog: "I've been the underdog for my whole career. I fought my first pro-fight in the UFC at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. So after that everyone always wanted me to fight in the main event or the co-main event, so I'm used to being the underdog...I was definitely the underdog in this tournament, especially against Brian Rogers. I knew he was probably the No. 1 seed and, when you do a tournament, usually you put the No. 1 guy against the No. 8 guy. But I also knew that I could beat him. I've trained with guys that are on his level and above his level, and I give a hard time to everybody. I know what I'm capable of and that it was just a matter of time before I showed it in a big fight, and this time I did."
His thoughts on Brett Cooper: "Brett Cooper is a great fighter. He's one of the toughest guys I've seen fight. He's down to go three rounds, and he's ready to be on the beating-end of things or to to be giving the beating. He kind of reminds me of me: he's ready to go all three rounds, he's tough, he's in shape, and he's got kind of a grinding style."
Cramer on wanting to get some attention and respect: "I haven't had a lot of crazy, highlight-reel knockouts, for whatever reason, so I feel that guys that get those knockouts also get a little attention and hype around them, too. But I think I'm as tough as anybody out there. I don't quit in fights. I've been in plenty of fights where I had the opportunity to quit and I didn't. I don't think I'm especially tough or been through some crazy things in my life that make me that way; I just think it's naturally in me. When I get hit, I want to hit somebody back. I don't want to shy away. It's a fight-or-flight thing, and I have the fight part in me."