The performance he put on was not what Julius Angelickas expected at Bellator 257. “I just couldn’t get myself going for some reason,” he said following the bout.
Anglickas (10-1) earned a unanimous decision over Gregory Millard, and while he wasn’t a fan of his own performance, the light heavyweight did cement a spot as a grand prix alternate for the promotion’s current tournament.
That didn’t seem to lift the fighter’s spirits any. “I’m not happy with the performance. It’s something more mental than anything,” he admitted, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press following the event. “Even my coaches say ‘Julius the second you believe in yourself, you’re going to wreck through everybody.’ My last performance was amazing, my performance before that was amazing. But I don’t know. Today was something different. And I have to acknowledge that, in this sport, it’s going to happen sometimes. You’re not going to get your head straight every time.”
“I’ll just learn from this, and just move on I guess, and go to the next one,” he added.
On the grand prix alternate slot, Anglickas had an inkling it was coming. “We knew it was a big possibility. We knew that they were going to have a lot of 205’ers for this show. They said I was going to be the alternate,” he stated.
Anglickas confirmed that Karl Albrektsson was supposed to be his original opponent. When Albrektsson turned up on the card, it further muddied the waters. In the end, Anglickas simply focused on his opponent, Millard. “If I get to opportunity to fight in the tournament, great, but I don’t really think about it too much. I definitely like it, and it’s an honor for them to consider me, because in my mind, I’m still that amateur that started six years ago.”
Watch the full Bellator 257 post-fight press conference with Julius Anglickas above.