Brennan Ward on Bellator 274 Comeback and The Influence of Family
Brennan Ward clashes with Brandon Bell on February 19th at Bellator 274. This catchweight bout at 175 pounds emanates from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
I spoke with Ward at the pre-fight virtual media day. Excerpts from our interaction are below.
Someone using Ward’s old phone number to try to sell tickets to this fight and if that was sorted out
“Yeah, it’s sorted out. I got a call from my probation officer. Because the police ran my name. Because someone, whoever bought the ticket, was like, nah, this is sketchy. So they call the cops. The cops put my name in the system, here’s my probation officer. I’m like dude, I’ve been good. I know I’ve been good, why is she calling me? So I’m like hey officer what’s up? So my PO was like, Nah, it’s all good. This is why. I talked to the police. Everything’s cool. So that’s sorted out.”
The Instagram post saying ‘my dad is still the baddest dude I know’ and how much family is a motivating force
“Yeah, I mean, what do you got? What do you got after that? I learned firsthand how you fade to black real quick, man. The only people that are there are your family. That’s it. When I had it all and I was the man. I was fighting on TV, I was winning, and making money. Everyone wants to support you. When that goes away and you’re a bottom-of-the-barrel addict like I was, it’s only my family.”
“Who’s like, Dude, come on. Let’s go, gotta get your life together. Gotta get your life together. So yeah, my family is very important to me. My dad is the baddest dude. He’s 73 years old and he weighs what I weigh. Dude, he’d take out multiple welterweights on this roster at 73 years old. I’ll tell you that.”
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