“Jaw Jacking” Prior to Bellator 255 Motivated Tyrell Fortune to Get Violent

Uncasville, CT — Heavyweight prospect Tyrell Fortune was in good spirits following his TKO win over Jack May at Bellator 255. He’d promised violence, and he delivered.

“Very happy,” he said following the performance, speaking backstage to media outlets including Cageside Press. “It feels good to get anybody out of there in one. I just feel like I was more motivated to get physical and violent with him just from the jaw jacking before the fight.”

Fortune, however, kept his emotions in check. At least until after the fight, when things boiled over a little again. The pair had another back and forth afterward. It all boiled down to the low blow in the pair’s first fight. “Obviously I wasn’t trying to knee you in the nuts. I said that and made it very clear after the fight. For him to constantly message me when I wasn’t responding, when I’m about to fight someone else, it’s just immature. It’s childish.”

Of course, somebody else was Matt Mitrione, who May wound up stepping in to replace. While Fortune is happy to have the win, he’s not overly joyed about getting a victory back over an unranked opponent. “He’s no one. He’s not in my way. As you can see, I’m number eight on the ladder,” said Fortune, questioning why he needed to fight a guy “who’s not even on there.”

Valentin Moldavsky is the name Fortune wants next. While Fortune had been booked against Mitrione, he’s not exactly gunning for get the fight back, given he considers “Meathead” a friend. “No, we’re friends. I have no animosity towards him, I always wish him the best. I never want to get in there and have to fight somebody that I’m friends with. If I have to, it’s just business, and we both understand that.”

Watch the full Bellator 255 post-fight press scrum with Tyrell Fortune above.