Mark Godbeer Talks About His Motivation For Bellator 102
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.02.2013
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Mark Godbeer (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) spoke about his motivation heading into his fight with Cheick Kong (18-8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 102. The event airs on Spike TV from the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California.
On what motivates him: "My wife and I recently gave birth to twin baby girls, who we named Star and Angel. It was hard at first because even one new baby is a lot of work. It's common knowledge now that I've been out with an injury and, to be honest, if I was able to pick a time to be injured, this would be it. They are now both 1 year old and running around, laughing and joking. Every time I train, my three girls are now in the back of my mind. I want the best for them. If it means I have to fight my heart out to get them the best life, so be it."
On his relationship with his wife: "My wife tells me when I'm being a dick, when I'm doing well, and she gives me straight answers when I need them. I need someone like her in my life. She also stands by me in everything I do, through the good and bad. I'm not the easiest person to live with, but we've been together for eight years. That says it all, really. My wife is like my savior because she kept me away from all the negativity, such as drugs, gangs, stealing and violence. Growing up in my town, there was nothing for us. And in my opinion, there still isn't for my kids today."
On his fight with Kongo: "I've studied Kongo, and I think we have similar styles. I've been working in all fields of MMA as I'm sure Cheick has, so I don't think I'll have any weaknesses. I don't think Cheick will underestimate me either. He's been where I am now and knows how hungry I'll be to win. This fight will be like no other I've been in. There is no room for error. This fight could be finished in a split second. We are both big heavyweights with serious knockout power, but we're also both very durable and tough. That's why I'm preparing for a three-round war."