Welterweight Brennan Ward’s perfect finishing rate remains intact following Bellator 282.
“100%. Keep that f*cker at 100,” Ward (16-6) exclaimed back stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT, a short while after his second-round TKO of Kassius Kayne.
Ward is now 2-0 since returning to MMA earlier this year, after battling addiction and nearly losing his fighting career because of it.
There were bright spots in the win— the finish, most certainly. There were also areas of concern for Ward.
“I was a little gassed at the end of that first round, I’m not gonna lie. I don’t know what that was all about, but I don’t like that,” he admitted. “I should have been able to rip that f*cking arm-bar back. I was tired, dude. I hate getting tired.”
The fatigue might just stem from the fact that since his return, Ward hasn’t exactly been a full-time fighter.
“I do this part time. I really do. That’s no bullsh*t,” Ward noted. “Even the commentators, when I met with them the other day, they’re like ‘we heard you haven’t been training. We heard you haven’t been f*cking training.'”
Ward is in a carpenter’s union outside of fighting, specializing in deep foundations and dock building, among other areas. He has a pension waiting for him, something fighting doesn’t offer.
“I only train about two, maybe three days a week. If I’m going to step up in competition, I’ve got to train more. I gotta figure out what I’m gonna do with work,” he explained. “Because I’m not going to be able to fight the next-level guys with performances like that.”
“Yeah, I can f*cking throw bombs with the best of ’em, I can punch with the best of ’em, power wise. But what happens with a f*cking kid like Logan Storley, who just got done fighting two twenty-five minute f*cking fights?” Ward questioned. “That kid will probably be wearing me down, unless I finish him first, but who knows.”
The decision will not be an easy one. Ward knows that much. “Big. That’s like a life-changing choice.” For now though, it’s back to work for Brennan Ward. “Work on Monday. Vacation’s over.”
Watch the full Bellator 282 post-fight press scrum with Brennan Ward above. More coverage from the event can be found below.