Bellator 256 Post-Fight Presser (John Douma and Jornel Lugo)

Bellator 256 emanated from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and broadcast on Showtime.

Bellator MMA kicked off their Light Heavyweight Grand Prix on Friday, April 9th but there was a myriad of highlights throughout the card.

At the Bellator 256 Post-Fight Presser, I spoke with John Douma and Jornel Lugo.

John Douma

I’m just kind of curious here because it seems like you’re back in the win column and everything but you seem kind of deflated in a way.

Is there any level of relief getting the victory or is the main focus just getting back in the gym and shoring up some aspects of the game?

“I dunno, man. I just fought. So it’s hard to process right away. I expected a lot more out of myself. For right now, I’m just a little frustrated, but who knows, maybe when I get home and sit down and think about it a little bit more, maybe I’ll smile again. But until then, I don’t know.”

Jornel Lugo

One of the individuals that’s not going to be on that Bellator 258 card that is in the top 10 is number six ranked Leandro Higo.

Is that someone that you could see yourself getting in there with? Just to fight a top-ranked opponent but also maybe facilitate a bit of a quicker turnaround?

“I’ll beat him just like all the rest of the guys. Doesn’t make a difference, man. I feel like I got the skills to beat any of these guys. I don’t think that guy has nothing for me to be honest. He’s good, but he’s an older dude and stylistically, that tough guy, ‘I’m gonna beat you up. Oh you can’t grapple so I’m going to take you down and try to choke you out’. And I got something for (that). I’m a good grappler I’m a good standup fighter. I’m smart, I’m sharp, and I make adjustments. So if he’s next. Then I’m going to be 7-0 very soon.”

Bellator 256 Post-Fight

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Dylan Bowker
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