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"It was a very close fight. I got right hand happy and I went away from our gameplan. Rookie mistake and I won't make it next time. I stopped boxing because I wanted to get my knockout." - Brad Blackburn
Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, has retained Brad “Bad” Blackburn’s services even after falling short in his debut against Dan Hornbuckle. The CEO made him stay because of his performance last Thursday at Bellator 25 in Chicago. For Blackburn, it was a very close fight if only he did not go right hand happy and lost in the game plan — rookie mistake. However, Bad was able to close his distance toward Hornbuckle giving his opponent a supposed to be knockout. His unanimous decision against Hornbuckle was his third loss, and he doesn’t want his four straight defeats in 2005 to occur again.
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“I wanted to get [in Bellator] and get the win,” He said. “It was a good fight, but you know what? A win is a win and I didn’t get one tonight … I expect to stay busy. I want to fight within two weeks. I don’t have any injuries so I got to keep training, come back here and get me a win.”
At last, the roster is complete. Bellator is now rolling out its eight-man bracket with the latest inclusion of Alexey Oleinik.
The final list of fighters in the first heavyweight tournament on Bellator includes: Eddie Sanchez, Cole Konrad, Damian Grabowski, Mike Hayes, Scott Barrett, Neil Grove, Rogent Lloret and Alexey Oleinik (pictured). The latest enlistment of Oleinik Thursday finalized the roster. The season opener Bellator 24 showcased the first heavyweight bout between Grove and Sanchez on Thursday (update: Grove defeated Sanchez).
Next week’s following match-up, the Bellator 25 in Chicago, will pit Barrett against Grabowski and Konrad against Lloret. Of course, the final fight to watch out for will be the clash between Oleinik and Hayes on an upcoming card. Since the names have been rattled off, here are some fast facts about the eight brawlers that you can check out:
* Alexey Oleinik, who is fighting out of Russia’s Red Devil Sports Club, has gained expertise in sambo and can execute a dangerous hell choke.
* UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez has accumulated four-time winning streak after going out of the UFC.
* Cole Konrad has two collegiate title records to boot, plus a UFC heavyweight champion of a training partner in Brock Lesnar.
* Polish Damian Grabowski sets an undefeated 12-0 record in the sport.
* Mike Hayes debuted triumphantly in his matchup against Steven Banks in Bellator last June.
* Scott Barrett also celebrated a victorious Bellator debut through a first-round TKO against Ty Lee.
* UK’s Neil Grove is a one-time UFC fighter and a Cage Rage professional.
* Rogent Lloret is an undefeated M-1 Challenge veteran since July 2007.
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