Win number six arrived for Lance Gibson Jr. at Bellator 279 on Saturday night.
While the lightweight had to battle through some adversity against Hawaii’s Nainoa Dung, in hostile territory in Honolulu, the Canadian came away with a unanimous decision win, and a dominant one at that. Two judges scored the fight 30-25 for Gibson, a third had it 30-26.
Gibson Jr, whose father was a pioneer in Canadian MMA, competing for the UFC and Shooto in the early 200s, isn’t the type to call anyone out after his fights. But improving to 6-0 as a pro on Saturday, it stands to reason that the rankings should now be a consideration.
“Absolutely, but my dad tires to center me. And my family. Both my Julia [Budd, Gibson’s stepmom and former Bellator champ] and my dad try to center me and keep me grounded at the end of the day,” Gibson Jr. told Cageside Press following Bellator 279. “So my job is to fight who they put in front of me. I don’t like to call people out.”
“I’d love to fight somebody in the top ten, that’d be great,” he admitted, adding “but at the end of the day, I’m here to fight who’s in front of me, I’m here to train my butt off, I’m here to come in here and perform, at the end of the day. Doesn’t matter if it’s top 10, doesn’t matter if it’s top 5, doesn’t matter who it is. I’m here to do my job and do it at the best of my ability, and show the world who I am.”
Watch the full Bellator 279 post-fight press conference with Lance Gibson Jr. above. More coverage can be found below.