Bellator MMA is set for a huge show Thursday October 15, 2020, as the organization makes its first appearance on CBS Sports with Bellator 249: Cyborg vs Blencowe. This is a huge opportunity for many names under the Bellator banner to shine some light on themselves. One of those names is a debuting fighter in “The Diamond” Da’Mon Blackshear.
Path to Bellator MMA
After a dominant amateur career along the East and North-East, Blackshear turned pro in March 2016. He won his debut with a second-round triangle choke. He continued his hot run to win his next three fights. During that four-fight winning streak, Blackshear finished three of his opponents with submissions. Amongst his next four bouts, he would flip-flop wins for losses, but earned an impressive win in his last bout which was a second-round arm-triangle submission against Kody Nordby at CES 59 in October 2019.
Blackshear knows this is a huge opportunity to propel his career to the biggest of stages. “It feels great, and I’m blessed and extremely grateful for this opportunity. I’m going to make the best of it,” Blackshear told MyMMANews. COVID has played havic with many fighters trying to springboard in 2020. Blackshear was able to keep busy during the down times. “I’m very resourceful and look for the positive. I know a lot of people took it as a reason to not train, to slack off, but I found a way to train regardless. I might not of had bodies to work with all the time but I always was able to get work in on a bag shadow box or worked on strength and conditioning, and I never let up I just had to change or vary my workouts,” Blackshear said.
Chance to Shine on Big Stage
The opportunity has come for “The Diamond” to shine on the Bellator stage inside the Mohegan Sun Arena. His debut will come against a tough competitor in Mike Kimbel. Kimbel 3-2 as a pro with all of those bouts coming under the Bellator banner. “They can expect action from the beginning to the end and a finish. A decision is not acceptable,” Da’Mon Blackshear said of his bout Thursday night. It will be nearly a year since Blackshear was last in a cage, but he’s ready to show the world who he is in 2020, and prepare the stage for a massive 2021 takeover.
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