Dalton Rosta fought longer than he has ever before.
Entering the third round for the first time in his professional career, Rosta defeated Ty Gwerder via unanimous decision at Bellator 250 on Thursday, Oct. 29. Going all three rounds is unchartered territory for Rosta, who came into the fight never having passed the second round.
“It was nice putting on that performance out there, showing I can do both,” Rosta said. “I was striking with him, wrestling with him, everything and I showed I had the gas tank as well.”
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Rosta showcased an entire different asset of his game, his striking. After building quite the reputation for his ground and pound in his previous three Bellator appearances, Rosta fought Gwerder at him own game.
Although Rosta earned a takedown in all three rounds, he showcased his striking more than ever before. Rosta stayed consistent with his volume and power, piecing up Gwerder on the feet.
Gwerder is use to dealing out the dame on the feet, earning all five of his victories by TKO/knockout.
“I think I can strike with anyone on this planet and Ty is up there with the best of them,” Rosta said. “He’s quick, sharp and I was getting the better of a lot of the striking exchanges. I think I rocked him twice.”
Dalton Rosta makes first main card appearance
Rosta’s performance came in his first main card appearance, airing on CBS Sports Network. Rosta was originally slated to fight on the preliminary card, but was moved up to the main card after a women’s flyweight bout fell through.
Veta Arteaga was pulled from her fight with Desiree Yanez after testing positive for COVID-19.
In just his fourth Bellator appearance, Rosta is proud knowing Bellator trusts him to put on a show.
“I think that is a main card fight right there, we’re both great athletes, we’re both great fighters,” Rosta said. “I think that is really going to help with my notoriety, really help with my branding, my image and help me grow as a fighter in the future.”
Rosta spoke to MyMMANews and other members of the media at the Bellator 250 post-fight press conference on Thursday, Oct. 29. See the full interview in the video above.
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