Bellator's Brett Cooper Says You Don’t Get Magical Powers When You Sign With The UFC
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.28.2014
- Brett Cooper recently spoke about his Bellator 114 fight with Kendall Grove and more. Here are the highlights…
On His Loss to Alexander Shlemenko: "A loss is a loss to me, and it's disappointing. So I'm looking to get back to winning and smashing some people. I guess, really, if you think about it, I might've been one round away from being world champion, and it was on short notice."
On Opening His Own Gym: "Opening my own gym gives me less padding," he said. "The thing is, you can only really get two to three hours per day of hard training. You might be able to do that for six days a week max, but even that's pushing it a little. People might say I'm not focusing on my career because of this, but trust me – I have the fire. I've been doing this for almost nine years now and I'll hang ‘em up if I ever lose it. I'll probably be done by the time I'm 35, though."
On Fighting Kendall Grove: "He's got good all-around skills and knowledge of the game," Cooper said. "Good technique on the ground. He's well rounded, you know? He's no joke. He's there to fight. I was talking about ‘having that fire' earlier and I'm not sure he's still has that anymore to be honest. This sport can really take a toll on you. Even in the height of his career, I still think I'd beat him. I think I'm going to win this fight by knockout. I think I'm better, and I'm going to finish him."
On Not Getting magical Powers When You Sign With UFC: "This whole thing where people think fighters have all these amazing magical powers when you sign with the UFC and they're so much better than everyone else, … the fans need to realize: There are top quality guys in every promotion," he said. "You don't sign with the biggest organization and enjoy a 30 percent increase in your skill level. It doesn't work like that. The fans need to start studying the sport more and realize that there are other top guys. Bellator wasn't in the World MMA Awards or whatever and I'm kind of sick of stuff like that. It's a bunch of crap. I'm not trying to burn any bridges and I don't have any problems with the UFC, but the fans need to understand and respect that there are skilled fighters everywhere. It has nothing to do with the logo on the banner or the piece of paper you sign."