Bellator 256 Media Day took place on Wednesday, April 7th ahead of the Friday card. Bellator 256 emanates from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The top of the marquee attraction is a rematch between Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida. This bout also serves as a quarterfinal match in Bellator’s light heavyweight world grand prix.
Below are excerpts from my interactions with Jaylon Bates and Lyoto Machida in the virtual scrum.
Bellator 256 Media
I’m noticing your opponent here has a pair of LFA bouts to their credit. Then the last outing there, a 10 second knockout in the first round.
I’m kind of wondering what your thoughts are on their skillset overall and what he (Jeffrey Glossner) brings as a martial artist?
“That’s amazing. I think him bringing a different aspect of the game like power in his hands is amazing. But when you’re locked in there with me, It’s just different.”
I just had a quick question just as a bit of an aside because your brother there, Chinzo Machida has the past with Bellator as well. But it’s been a little bit since he’s competed.
Is there any word from him in as far as competing in Bellator again and as an extension of that, would you be interested in maybe sharing a card with Chinzo in the future or would that be more of a stressful dynamic than an enjoyable one?
“I believe that’s not gonna happen anymore because Chinzo is already retired. He put his focusing on other things. He is running the Academy and also he’s doing our association, Machida Karate Association. Chinzo, he shifted his focus right now. Because as we know we cannot put two shoes on the same foot. That’s the way the Japanese like to say. Chinzo now is out of the competition here. Out of the MMA career and he is completely focusing on other things.”
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