San Jose, CA — Bantamweight Bobby Seronio III scored a vicious knockout over Calob Ramirez on the Bellator 277 prelims on Friday in San Jose, improving his pro record to 2-0.
The Hawaiian fighter is among the latest investments the promotion has made in young prospects, a tactic that has paid dividends for Bellator: look no further than A.J. McKee headlining the event, having spent his entire 19-fight pro career with the company.
“Once they signed me, I got excited. It’s like anyone’s dream to get signed to a well-known organization. Bellator’s up there. I’m proud to fight for Bellator,” Seronio said following the win, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press.
Seronio knows that MMA is a challenge, one that requires the toughest of athletes. “When they gave me that contract, I was saying, be ready for this lifestyle. I was ready for it. I was ready since I was little, I was prepared.”
When it came to the stoppage on Friday, Seronio said he never looks for the finish. But he did see an opening.
“I seen him over-extend coming forward, and once I saw the opportunity to throw that straight punch, I was trying for that chin, and that button,” he told Cageside Press. “So when I seen the opportunity come up, I took it.”
There was some surprise that Seronio wasn’t fighting in Hawaii in a week’s time, rather than on the San Jose card. The bantamweight believes he’ll get the opportunity eventually.
“I’ll get there. But right now, I was just focusing on this fight. Once they told me I had a fight in San Jose, I took it. I try to get in the cage as soon as possible whenever I can.”
Watch the full Bellator 277 post-fight press conference with Bobby Seronio III above. More coverage from the event can be found below.