After missing out on the James Gallagher sweepstakes by a hair, Adam Borics has his sights set on Bellator 205 opponent Josenaldo Silva, and hopefully a title shot sometime next year.
Adam Borics was supposed to be the man to face James Gallagher in April at Bellator 196. Yet when Gallagher was injured, Borics got the lesser known Teodor Nikolov at the event. He improved his win streak to 7-0 in his native Hungary that night, but the missed opportunity to face a rising star no doubt stung. Now, at Bellator 205, Borics will make his debut on U.S. soil, against Josenaldo Silva (25-6), a ten year veteran of the sport.
Gallagher, meanwhile, went on to suffer the first loss of his career at Bellator 204. Prior to Bellator 205, Borics told Cageside Press that he was just “a little bit sad” that he wasn’t the one to serve Gallagher his comeuppance. But make no mistake, Borics was “very happy that [Gallagher] got knocked out.”
“I hope in the future I can fight with Gallagher… He talked too much sh*t about my country.”
“Yes, I am sure,” Borics said when asked whether Gallagher’s knockout loss might be a little bit of karma at work. The Irish fighter, after all, had got right up in the face of opponent Ricky Bandejas when they first entered the cage, prior to the bell sounding. A few short minutes later, and Gallagher was knocked out. Still, Borics doesn’t see their story as necessarily being over. “I hope in the future I can fight with Gallagher. But, he moved down. Maybe. I don’t know,” he said. There’s a simple motivating factor, however. “He talked too much sh*t about my country.”
Borics trains in Florida at Hard Knocks 365, so despite Bellator 205 being his debut stateside, travel shouldn’t be an issue, since it’s just a short flight over to Boise, ID. While willing to fight anywhere, however, Borics did admit that “Hungary is the best feeling,” with everyone cheering for him whether it’s “coming into the stadium, or in the arena.”
As for opponent Josenaldo Silva, Borics was respectful. “I think he’s a tough, tough guy,” he said of his upcoming foe. “He’s dangerous on the ground, and the stand-up too. I think he’s a stand-up guy, his style is Muay Thai.”
Importantly, “he’s a good challenge, he’s the right challenge.” And Borics is “sure I will win,” after “I did everything” in regards to training.
Borics told us that he doesn’t feel the need to live up to the flying knee knockout he had last time out, at Bellator 196. “I don’t feel pressure. I want to just enjoy the fight. Because I love it,” he said.
If all goes well, Borics wants to stay busy. “I want to fight one more time after this fight, in this year,” he said of the plan moving forward after this weekend. Next year, however, he’d love to fight for the title. If that doesn’t happen, he has “a couple of names” in his head — but for now, he’s focused on Josenaldo Silva.
One thing that does interest Borics is a potential featherweight Grand Prix. “Yeah. I’m ready, because I’m going to be a champion, so if that means a tournament, let’s go. Do it.”
Don’t miss Adam Borics face Josenaldo Silva on the preliminary card of Bellator 205, live on Friday, September 21 right here on Cageside Press.