Bellator 254: Cody Law Rolling with Newfound Attention as MMA Career Takes Off

At just 1-0, Bellator featherweight Cody Law has had a surprising amount of attention on him early in his MMA career. No doubt that is in part because of his amateur wrestling credentials, as a multi-time All-American and 2018 NCAA Division II champion.

A strong performance care of a D’arce choke in his pro debut, with Bellator back in October, didn’t hurt. Heading into Bellator 254 this Thursday night, Law is hoping for a similar result.

“Maybe I’ll finish him that exact same way, I’ll hit that D’arce again,” suggested Law at Tuesday’s Bellator 254 media day. “I think maybe I could hit that one again, but we’ll see what happens. First round though, that’s what I’m looking for.”

The amount of attention Law has garnered is surprising, and while he had a decorated collegiate wrestling career and solid amateur run in MMA, it’s not something he could really ready himself for.

“I don’t know that I was necessarily prepared for it, but I visualize a lot, and I kind of imagined situations like this playing out in my head before this was happening to me,” Law told Cageside Press. “When I was sitting at home in quarantine, I would have these situations playing out in my head, so I guess I prepared for it mentally.”

“I’m just kind of rolling with how things go,” he added, a comment he’s reiterated of late.

As for his sophomore outing against Kenny Champion, “I think it’s a good match-up for me,” said Law. It’s a fight and opponent Law sees as a step up in competition, but at the same time, “it’s an easier match-up for me. And easier fight for me. He seems like a pretty basic MMA fighter, 1-2 without a low kick. Maybe he’ll come forward. It should be easier for me to strike with this guy, I think he might stand in front of me a little bit more. I’m excited for it.”

Watch the full Bellator 254 virtual media day press scrum with Cody Law above. Bellator 254 goes down this Thursday, December 10 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The main card airs live on CBS Sports Network following prelims that can be found on Cageside Press.