Brennan Ward: ‘I’m Going to be the Next Bellator Champion’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.26.2014
Ward faces Alexander Shlemenko on Friday…
Bellator MMA fighter and season 9 middleweight tournament winner, Brennan Ward, recently discussed his upcoming middleweight title bout against Alexander Shlemenko. The fight is set to headline Bellator 114 on Friday, March 28. Below are some highlights.
Ward on not changing after winning the tournament: "I haven't changed anything. I still do everything I've always done. I train the same. I chill with my boys. I still skate and surf all the time and go snowboarding. I'm just chillin'. I'm doing what got me here. I'm never going to change my lifestyle for fighting. F–k that. I am who I am. Fighting's just fighting, bro. We're here for such a short time and fighting is just what I do. The sport has to adapt to me because I'm not going to adapt to it."
Ward on why you shouldn't change your life for MMA: "If you change your life for MMA and it's your whole world, what happens when it's over? Now who are you? You're washed up and it's over for you. You're f–king 40 years old and you were a fighter – or it's never who you were, it's just what you did. I mean, good for you – but that's not me."
Ward on if he feels pressure for the title fight: Hell yeah, I feel pressure. There's always pressure. When you go into a fight and don't feel any pressure, you lose. This isn't a win/win, or, ‘Hey, it's OK if you lose but put up a good fight' situation. I have to win. I have to win. If I lose, I'm back to the tournament. F–k that s–t. There's big-time pressure on me for this fight."
His thoughts on Shlemenko: "I've been a big fan of Alexander Shlemenko forever. I remember in 2009 when I was still in college – I was in Kansas and like 20 years old – I told all my friends, ‘Yo, you gotta watch this guy fight on TV! He's f–king nasty!' It's definitely kind of crazy. I mean, I've been watching this guy since way before I knew we were going to fight. But I'm not scared of him at all. I mean absolutely no disrespect to Shlemenko. He's f–king tough. He's tough as s–t. I'm tough as s–t. This'll be fun! In the end, we have to put on nasty fights and bang it the f–k out. What's the worst thing that could happen? I could get knocked out? Who the f–k cares? You wake up and fight again another day. There's no reason to be scared. There's no reason to ever be scared of anybody. It's just a fight. It's not that big of a deal."
Ward on becoming champion: "F–k yeah, I'm going to be the next Bellator middleweight champion. You know I am. And everyone talking s–t about me on the Internet, hating on me and calling me a white-trash punk, they'll see. And then they'll have to eat their f–king words after this. It's going to be beautiful."