According to a March 27 report from MMA Fighting, Brennan "The Irish Bad Boy" Ward (9-1) thinks he will finish hard-hitting knockout artist Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko (49-7) in the second round of their Bellator 114 fight.
"I think it's going to be fun," Ward said of his fight against Shlemenko. "I think it's going to fun for everybody. I think we're going to bang. It's going to be a real physical, real bang-out, real hands-on fight. There's not going to be a lot of strategizing. Whoever wants it more is going to win. That's what everyone wants to see. No one wants to see you lay down on somebody.
"I'm going to choke him out. Second round, man. That's what I'm seeing in my head. I got another one coming for you."
Ward, 25, is a throwback to the glory days of MMA, when fighters came out swinging rather than implementing tactical gameplans.
I think guys get afraid of losing. So when they get out there, they freeze. It's like that in wrestling, too. If you're afraid to lose, you're going to fight not to lose, you're going to wrestle not to lose, instead of going out there and pushing the pace. Fight to win. Don't f--king be hesitant, don't be cautious. Just go. It's either you got it in you or you don't. It's either in your DNA or it's not in your DNA to be fearless, to be daring, to get after it. That's how I'm programmed. I'm going, man. I'm not cautious. I throw caution to the wind and I get after it. I'm not afraid to lose. I'm not. Because if I lose, f--k it, I lose. I'll fight again. I'm not dead.
Analysis: Ward, who is riding a four-fight win streak, collides with Shlemenko on March 28 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The bout, which headlines Bellator 114, is set to air live on Spike TV.
Shlemenko has only been knocked out once in 56 fights, so he's going to be tough to finish. If there's anyone that can get it done, it's Ward.
The 25-year-old is a heavy-handed striker with one-punch knockout power. Three of his first six fights under the Bellator roster ended via KO or TKO wins in his favor, so there's a definite chance a similar result will happen at Bellator 114.
Ward vs Shlemenko is set to air at 9 p.m. on March 28, live on Spike TV.