Tyrell Fortune takes on Jack May at Bellator 245. The heavyweight collision goes down on Friday, September 11th. The fight card emanates from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The latest Bellator MMA event will simulcast on Paramount Network and DAZN. Fortune has settled well into his present role in the heavyweight division and has grown tremendously since he was signed as a blue-chip prospect.
Arizona Combat Sports has been where Fortune has been spending his time and shaping himself into the martial artist he is today. Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader trains there but Fortune has a myriad of great training partners and coaches. He also had some great new additions in the pre-event prep for this fight.
“It was a great camp for me. I think I was able to add a lot of different things especially with adding Neuroforce to my team. Having the workouts there and then focusing on the recovery. Just as an athlete, optimizing my body as an athlete. So I think adding that has made a big difference to this camp. Coronavirus hasn’t really affected too much. I’ve got keys to the gym so I end up training pretty much every day when I need to.”
The benefits were measurable and irrefutable for Fortune while working with Neuroforce. “The fifteen weeks that I was there I gained eight pounds of muscle, lost six percent body fat, and completely changed my cardio. It added so much to my cardio and just strength in general overall.”
Tyrell Fortune is in the unfamiliar position of having to rebound from a loss. In his first defeat as a pro, Fortune was finished with punches in the first round against Timothy Johnson at Bellator 239. There were lessons imparted to Fortune in that bout that will likely pay dividends in the future.
“I learned a lot from that last fight for myself. Not so much the fight itself because I got knocked out so fast but the position that I put myself in to allow that to happen was something I really had to evaluate. Having a wrestler’s mindset in the sport of MMA is going to get you hurt. I’ve went into numerous fights with big injuries that I don’t think other professional fighters would go into. For some reason, I thought that I would still be successful. I thought I was above it.”
In a bit of an out of character move, Fortune was responding to the social media trolls after the Johnson fight but this was a temporary indulgence. “Was so emotional right after the fight that I started responding to those private pages and people that were just out there picking fights for no reason…I like to let that stuff go and just really get back to focusing on me and what I did wrong. That’s the biggest part.”
Fortune vs May
Fortune now has his eyes set on Jack May and he understands the challenge that stands in front of him. He understands the pugilistic pedigree of Jack May prior to fight night.
“I’ve watched a couple of his fights but I really leave that up to my coaches. Really for all of my fights, I don’t really pay attention to what they do. Most of my camp is always pretty much directed at learning more and developing my game. We sat down and we did watch a few of his fights. See what he likes to do, what he’s good at, and he’s an experienced fighter. He fought in a lot of different leagues. Glory, Bellator, UFC, bare-knuckle.”
Fortune continued, “So he has experience and that was the one thing we looked at. Just really seeing what he tries to rely on and where I can exploit my advantages.” Fortune vs May takes place on the preliminary portion of Bellator 245 which is set to kick off at 8:15 PM ET.
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