Jeremy Kimball Looking For Redemption in Latest Bellator Middleweight Tournament
Posted by Larry Csonka on 04.03.2014
- Jeremy Kimball recently spoke about getting another chance in this season's Bellator Middleweight Tournament. Here are the highlights…
On Looking For Redemption in His Second Middleweight Tournament: "I feel like it's a second chance, and I'm going to do something with it. I was super disappointed after I lost to Perry Filkins. I've never been to the hospital after a fight, and I had to go after that one. I don't want to make any excuses, but I hurt myself in the first round of that fight, and just tried to fight through it. I broke my middle finger of my left hand. That affected my punching, so I kept trying to shoot takedowns. I have no excuses, though – I lost that night and he was the better guy. But I definitely want that rematch."
On What Keeps Him Going: "What keeps me going is the drive to be a world champion," he said. "That's pretty much it. I was never that guy who was looked at as the best, and I'm still not. I want to prove everyone wrong who ever looked at me and said that by becoming a world champ."
On Fighting Dan Cramer: "Dan Cramer is a tough guy," Kimball said. It seems like he likes to be on top, but he likes to brawl too. I need to be ready to go all three rounds. He's got good upper-body takedowns and he seems to be really aggressive. He likes to keep coming forward at you the whole fight. I think just my striking will be the advantage. I'm a chubby guy and people think, ‘Oh, he's gotta be slow.' But I'm a lot faster than they think. I'm craftier than people think, too. So my experience and diversity will also be valuable."