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 Cat Zingano and Jaylon Bates.
I was noticing in the post-fight there, you sent love to your son Brayden. He was your first match when you leveled up as a brown belt recently.
So how does this finish feel just with the backdrop of him watching this fight and all?
“I’m so inspired by my boy. I woke up this morning to a message from him. Because we can’t go to their sports as the parents in the arena right now. They can Livestream it and we can watch it or whatever. But he had his first high school wrestling match yesterday.”
“I woke up to the video of him getting a pin and I was so excited for him because he was excited for him too. I didn’t get to be there. But it inspired me to want to go get ‘a pin’ tonight too. You know, so we can hug it out and high five. Go get pizza over the finishes. That was awesome. He’s everything. He’s everything.”
I just wanted to ask about that one-armed guillotine there. I thought that was a really cool finish and just kind of an interesting maneuver.
Is that something you’ve drilled in practice in any kind of way or was it just something that unfurled in the story of the fight?
“Practice was actually much more prettier than that. It was actually a folded full arm guillotine and I actually used my chin with that. I got it around his neck, used my head, and finished it like that. Jiu-jitsu is a real chess game and I love chess. I’m a real chess player. ”