Following his split decision loss to Fabio Maldonado at UFC FN 28, and subsequent release from the UFC, it didn’t take Joey Beltran long to line up another huge opportunity. The rugged vet has been signed by Bellator to face “Rampage” Jackson in his promotional debut, which will go down November 15th in Atlantic City. From the sounds of it, the offer couldn’t have come at a better time, as Beltran was apparently considering retirement.
While appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, the 31 year-old fighter relayed (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I was pissed off and depressed about the fight, about the (Fabio) Maldonado decision. I was just like, ‘I don’t even want to do this anymore. This is bulls–t,'” Beltran said.
“[My old boss was] like, ‘I think you should give it some time, Joey. I don’t think you want to do that.’ So shout out to that guy for talking me out of it.”
Although Beltran only managed to record three wins in 10 UFC bouts, the “Mexicutioner” forged a reputation for being a ridiculously tough and aggressive fighter during his tenure. The 31 year-old-fighter believes that his approach to fighting had a lot to do with getting signed to fight “Rampage”.
“I’m brought in purely for my entertainment value,” Beltran said. “They haven’t said that, but I know that. And so I’m going to go out there and I’m going to deliver. I’ve already told my wife, she’s not coming to this fight. I told my family, listen, it could get pretty ugly because I’m going out there to do a job, and my job is to entertain.”
There’s no doubt that Beltran will push Jackson on November 16th, and hopefully it’s an exciting fight like most folks expect will be the case. If Beltran manages to defeat “Rampage”, however, that would certainly throw a massive wrench in Bellator’s upcoming plans.
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