Davion Franklin tests skills with Everett Cummings at Bellator 264. This intriguing clash of unbeaten heavyweights goes down on Friday, August 13th.
This contest takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, and broadcasts on Showtime. Franklin vs Cummings bolsters the main card and someone’s 0 could potentially go.
Davion Franklin is a Jackson Wink MMA product and he has a pair of highlight-reel, first-round finishes bookending his three straight professional wins under the Bellator banner. The top ten ranked Franklin spoke with me at media day ahead of his pursuit of going 4-0 as a pro-MMA fighter.
I got insights from the surging competitor about who his stiffest test in mixed martial arts truly is. Also, I asked Franklin what informs the iron-clad nature of his mental game and the machinations of a champion mindset.
Below are the excerpts from my interaction with Davion Franklin at the Bellator 264 virtual media day.
Through the scrum here, you’re talking about how the opponents are largely inconsequential.
How much do you focus on the individual refinement and do you think it’s a fair characterization to say that you yourself are ultimately your toughest opponent?
“Absolutely. I don’t focus on what my opponent is going to do. What my opponent can do. I focus on what I’m going to do and what I can do. I’m prepared for me showing out and me stealing the show.”
Is that a champion mindset that you’ve always had throughout your competitive endeavors or has it been further refined just with the high-level people you’ve trained with?
“This is my mentality. It’s my mentality, my path. This is my calling. This is my mentality. It has nothing to do with who’s around me. This is what I want to do. I want to be dominant. I’m going to be dominant Friday.”
I’ve been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I’ve been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I’ve provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I’ve worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.