Mandel Nallo

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Mandel Nallo on NFT’s and MMA as artistic expression pre-Bellator 274

Mandel Nallo clashes with Nick Browne on February 19th at Bellator 274. This lightweight fight emanates from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Rat Garbage looks to prevent the sophomore Bellator MMA victory for Browne this weekend. Nallo aims to advance further within the company by securing a notable win over a former LFA champion at 155 pounds.

The former Elite 1 MMA kingpin at lightweight enters the cage for his sixth bout under the Bellator MMA banner. Mandel Nallo seeks to accrue consecutive victories when he tests skills with Browne in the coming days.

Nallo is presently 3-1 with no contest throughout his Bellator run as of this juncture.

The last Bellator bout Mandel Nallo took part in transpired last April. He defeated Ricardo Seixas via first-round superman punch stoppage at Bellator 255.

Both of these combatants look to vault themselves towards a potential spot within the top ten. This is amid the promotion’s supremely stacked lightweight category.

I spoke with Nallo at the pre-fight virtual media day. Excerpts from our interaction are below.

Mandel Nallo

Getting into the NFT world with his rat garbage art

“We did one minting for the last fight. You know, it’s just fun to watch. My friend, Steve Sims who’s also my cornerman. He’s very interested in that world. I’m just kind of like floating along. But it’s very cool to see that space kind of open up.”

How much Mandel Nallo looks at his role as an MMA participant as a form of artistic expression

“Yeah. It definitely is. I mean, guys’ personalities generally come out in the way that they fight. And I think that while I love fundamentals and mostly train fundamentals, the way I fight ends up being a little more unique. Just because that is my personality. I think that is the same with most fighters.”

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