UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Tywan Claxton is anxious to be known for more than just the flying knee knockout he scored in his pro debut. But at the same time, he wants everyone to realize more of the same is on the horizon.
“My thing is if I go out there and fight how I like to fight, then there’s going to be an explosive finish,” Claxton told MMAjunkie. “I’m always prepared to go out there and fight how I have to fight, whether it’s a flying knee or it’s a spinning elbow or it’s a head kick. It’s a hard body shot. No matter what it is, it’s going to be explosive and exciting. I’m not the type of guy to go out there and just lay on top of somebody.”
Claxton’s debuted in spectacular fashion, knocking out his Bellator 186 opponent with a first-round flying knee that quickly went viral. Now he returns to action at Friday’s Bellator 194 event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Claxton (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) fights Jose Perez (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) on the Paramount-broadcast main card.
Claxton said he knows his opponent likes to throw hands, and that’s just fine with him. Despite boasting a successful collegiate wrestling background, Claxton says he’s well beyond any desire to rely on his roots.
“I like to wrestle, but even on the ground, I’m going to throw heat because nobody wants to see two guys humping each other for 15 minutes,” Claxton said. “It’s not exciting. It’s not what I’m in the sport for. I’m in the sport to really test myself and have those alpha male moments in the cage where you just stare at that guy, you both bite down, and you just trade. That’s what was instilled in me when I was at the Blackzilians, training with all those guys. It was like, ‘Look, man, we don’t lay down, and we don’t give up,’ so I kind of have that all-or-nothing attitude when I’m fighting.
“You’ll get what you get, but it won’t be boring. It may not be a flying knee. It might be a flying knee, but I’m an explosive fighter, so you’re going to get some, ‘ooh, ahh’ moments in the fight.”
It’s going to be tough to live up to his spectacular debut, but Claxton insists the result was certainly no fluke. He plans on proving that again on Friday night, so be prepared to witness something special.
“I’m going to knock him out,” Claxton said. “It’s going to come. It may not be a flying knee, it may be a flying knee, but I’m going to knock him out.”
To hear more from Claxton, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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