Brennan’s success a matter of pedigree, as father is a former UFC fighter.
Lucas Brennan is only 20 years old. But unlike most 20 year olds, Lucas is a professional mixed martial artist who holds a 3-0 record with three finishes to his credit. Including his finish at Friday night’s Bellator 244, where he finished Will Smith (no, not the Fresh Prince) by TKO. Brennan was pleased with his performance, with the end coming via ground and pound in the second round.
“I was super stoked, super stoked,” Brennan told media outlets including Cageside Press following the bout.
“He was a little harder, a little more durable in the first round than some of my other opponents have been. It was a little tougher to really get working on anything. He had a good game plan,” Brennan continued. “I was able to get, not the finish I was looking for, but a finish. I’m happy with it.”
Lucas Brennan is coached by dad Chris, a former fighter himself. The elder Brennan even fought at the very same venue, the Mohegan Sun Arena, for the UFC years prior. Despite the fighting pedigree the Brennan name carries with it, the young fighter doesn’t feel any added pressure.
“He tries really hard not to put that pressure on me, I don’t [feel pressure]” Brennan said regarding his father, who boasts a career record of 21-14-1. Chris Brennan holds wins over the likes of Joe Stevenson and Antonio McKee, and even competed in the UFC 16 tournament, appearing twice in a single night. “It would be different if it were like the Gozali’s [father Haim and son Aviv]. His Dad still fights on his cards, so I’m sure they go home and and have a little bit of ‘I finished before you,’ ‘you have chores to do!’ — that whole thing.”
“We have a weird lineage, me and [dad],” Brennan continued. “My last fights were at WinStar [World Casino, in Thackerville, Oklahoma], that’s where his last two were. This [Mohegan Sun] is where his last UFC fight was, 18 years ago. It’s weird, but it’s cool.”
Watch the full Bellator 244 post-fight press conference with Lucas Brennan above.