St. Louis, MO – Title fights are hard to come by in any promotion, but when you just lost a title fight getting back to that point can be difficult. Unless you face a man who previously held that belt.
Bellator light heavyweight Julius Anglickas takes on former 205 champion Phil Davis at Bellator 276 on Saturday night in the co-main event of the evening.
Anglickas (10-2) is coming off a loss to champion Vadim Nemkov a fight he took on short notice at Bellator 268. Anglickas has a chance to get back to a title shot with a win over Davis.
“Phil is a great fighter. Everybody always says ‘Oh are you going to win?’ but I mean he’s good, I’m good, anything can happen. I’m just happy to have this opportunity and almost like redeem myself a little bit. I think everybody looked at my last fight and thinking like ‘Oh that’s how he’s always going to be against all the wrestlers. So I think this is my chance to prove that it’s not going to be the case,” Anglickas said at media day on Thursday.
Davis (23-6) is known for his high-level wrestling, but ever improving striking game.
“I think he hits harder than Nemkov and his fighting style is a little different. I think stand-up wise it’s going to be a bit tougher previous fight and wrestling I think it’s more explosive. He’s good everywhere so I’m going to have to get ready for that. We’ll see what happens I’m just excited for it,” said Anglickas.
Corey Anderson and Nemkov are set to fight for the light heavyweight title on April 15th in San Jose, CA. For Anglickas the title remains the goal, but the opponent does not matter.
“Yeah I don’t think it matters. I’m sure I’m going to fight the guy (Nemkov) again eventually. I’m ranked up there so I’m sure I’m going to fighting him everybody. I’m not planning to stop from fighting so I’m sure I’m going to fight a few people a few times. It doesn’t matter if Nemkov is next or whoever else is. My focus right now is to do good this Saturday do everything I can and just show a great performance and win of course,” Anglickas said.
“And whatever happens after that, that’s what it is. I’m not stressing about looking to far in the future.”
Watch the full Bellator 276 media day scrum with Julius Anglickas above. More coverage from the event can be found below. The card takes place this Saturday, March 12, 2022 at the Family Arena in St. Louis, MO.