Since joining Bellator MMA after a short stint in the UFC, Oliver Enkamp has once again looked every bit the promising prospect that earned him the nickname “The Future.”
Enkamp (9-2) has secured two first-round finishes, after bouncing out of the UFC in just two fights. The 29-year old from Stockholm, Sweden, now has a chance to make it three straight inside Bellator’s welterweight division, as he takes on Emmanuel Dawa at Bellator 248 in Paris, France this weekend.
When it comes to his recent turnaround, “I think it’s a matter of focus,” Enkamp said during this week’s Bellator 248 media day. “I was fighting mostly local shows in Sweden before I got a short-notice fight in the first big league when the UFC came to Sweden in 2017. That was really my first interaction with a high level, and I learned so much from there. I think I just brought everything with me from every fight to Bellator, and I have good momentum.”
Enkamp joked on Wednesday that he might need to change his nickname. “That name was given to me like six years ago. I don’t feel like the future, I feel like the present,” he stated. He might be able to make that a reality with a big win come Saturday.
And if he does secure his third straight victory, Enkamp hopes that the next time he fights, it will be at home. “I’m looking at one fight at a time, so now my focus is on Saturday. But after that, I would really like to fight in Sweden, because it’s been rumored that Bellator’s going to come to Stockholm,” revealed Enkamp. “And that would be a very nice fourth fight for me. If it’s on the horizon, I’m going to wait and hope for that. It could like a main event or co-main, maybe.”
Watch the full Bellator 248 media day scrum with Oliver Enkamp above. The event goes down live this Saturday, October 10.