Bellator usually makes headlines when they sign big names from the UFC. Not so much when they sign young prospects and when fans do hear about them, it’s usually when they start racking up wins. It happened with Aaron Pico, James Gallagher, A.J. McKee, and the latest prospect Mike Kimbel.
Kimbel racked up another win by KO, at only six seconds of the first round at Bellator 207 last Friday when he knocked out Alex Potts at the Bellator 207 preliminary bouts. He looks to stay busy until he is matched with the competition he feels he is worthy of.
He may come off as cocky, but if fans listen to what he saying he only wants what every fighter wants and there is a hint of humbleness in his words. Kimbel’s work has even caught the attention of Conor McGregor who spoke to Kimbel through face time to wish him luck before his fight last Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Kimbel said it is not a common occurrence and he is not really a fan of other fighters that compete in the same sport as he is, but he respects what McGregor has done in MMA. When compared to other fighters he reminds media that he is not trying to be like any fighter, he only wants to be Mike Kimbel.
Kimbel’s first knock-out was featured during the broadcast portion of his last bout and by racking up another one, it is likely Bellator may start moving him to broadcast portion of future cards. The Waterbury Connecticut fighter has already decided that fighting is his life and everything else comes after that.
If you don’t know about Mike Kimbel, you will.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel