You know how some fighters say they don’t like calling people out and would rather just wait and see what their respective organizations have in store for them?
Well, clearly Bellator’s Tywan Claxton is not like that at all. And we were reminded of that Wednesday, when the up-and-comer wasted no time shooting his shot to land a spot in the promotion’s just-announced debut in Hawaii. (via Twitter)
Whether Chinzo Machida will take the bait, it remains to be seen. But we’re not hating on Claxton’s strategy and timing there, calling him out almost immediately after Chinzo’s younger brother, former UFC champ Lyoto Machida, had his own Bellator debut announced.
Claxton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), 25, is part of Bellator’s elite squad of prospects. After a viral flying-knee knockout in his promotional debut, which also served as his first pro MMA bout, he has since kept his record perfect with a pair of wins. His most recent victory was a decision over Cris Lencioni at Bellator 204 in August.
Machida (5-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), in turn, hasn’t fought since a rough submission loss to James Gallagher at Bellator 180, in June 2017. Prior to that, the 41-year-old karate expert was on a four-fight winning streak – including two knockouts under the Bellator banner.
The DAZN-streamed Hawaii card that Claxton has his sights on has yet to be named or numbered but is set to take place on Dec. 15, at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Lyoto Machida is set to meet former Bellator champion Rafael Carvalho on the card.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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