On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Jerome Mickle will be entering the cage for the second time under the Bellator promotion’s banner. This time, it will be a rematch between “Da Mechanic” Mickle and Kellenberg high school graduate, Nick Fiore. Last time these two warriors met inside the cage at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Mickle got the better of Fiore as he finished the Long Island fighter in the first round via TKO. This time, the two lightweight fighters will be battling at the NYCB Live – Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Mickle plans to spoil Fiore’s homecoming, as he plans to leave the cage 2-0 against the one-time undefeated amateur (8-0) fighter. Fiore also has wins over two other fighters competing on the Bellator Long Island fight card as an amateur (Ryan Castro and James Gonzalez). The Main Event will be headlined by the “American Gangster” Chael Sonnen and “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 208.
Mickle (3-6) is looking to get back on track with a win in front of a Bellator crowd. Mickle is one of the most active professional fighters in the area, entering the cage for the fifth time in 2018. The Striking 101 fighter is coming off two submission losses to CFFC veteran, Bassil Hafez and UFC veteran, Frankie Perez. Mickle is preparing for a war against Fiore and has been working on his ground game as well. Expect this fight to remain standing as each fighter likes to exchange leather.
The Bronx native is not shy about living by the sword. He continues to do what has brought him thus far in his career, as he is a competitor that likes to leave with a finish or is willing to go down trying. Mickle’s last fight in Bellator, at Bellator 180 in Madison Square Garden, Mickle and Anthony Giacchina throw everything at each other, including the kitchen sink. Eventually, Giacchina scored a Rear Naked Choke on Mickle finishing the fight in the third round.
Be sure to watch the whole interview with Mickle as he is a man that likes to think big picture and the wheels in his head are always turning. We spoke about numerous topics, preparing for his fight and how he’s been training. The Striking 101 fighter discussed what his plans are looking like for after his fighting career comes to a conclusion.
Mickle also discusses his upcoming raffle he plans to have, which includes two tickets, a driver to and from the arena, plus more. Be sure to follow him on social media for more information regarding the opportunity he’s providing for one lucky fan. Follow him on social media at @da_machanic_ for more information regarding his raffle. He’ll also be holding an open workout to the public, which will be announced within the next few days. Be sure to tune in.
Update: On October 5, 2018, The same day as the weigh-ins for the UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor (UFC 229), At Hanger 11 Bar and Grill in Queens, New York, on the corner of Lefferts and Metropolitan Ave. will host an Open workout with Bellator’s Jerome Mickle, An $8 raffle ticket can win you VIP Treatment, which includes two (2) tickets for admission, a chauffeur to and from the arena, bringing you to Hanger 11 Bar and Grill for the after party. Plus, two (2) T-shirts signed by Jerome Mickle and a round of drinks.
Tickets can be purchased the entire weekend at Hanger 11 Bar and Grill for $8 dollars. The Monday following UFC 229, Mickle will be doing a live drawing on Instagram and Facebook.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).