Sullivan Cauley Says Bellator 288 Opponent “Hasn’t Fought Anybody Near Like Me”

Light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Cauley (4-0) has spent his entire career in Bellator MMA, and enters pro fight number five with all cylinders firing.

“I’m definitely starting to settle in and become accustomed to this process. It seems to go a lot smoother now,” Cauley told Cageside Press during this week’s Bellator 288 media day. The Arizona-based fighter faces another undefeated name in Jay Radick at the event this Friday night. “Got everything figured out from how I’m going to eat all week to how I’m going to feel at different stages of this process. I am starting to feel at home with it, so that’s really nice.”

As for Radick, “he’s undefeated, but he hasn’t fought anybody near like me, really,’ Cauley opined. “His biggest asset is his size, I would say. He’s a big guy, 6’5 I guess. He’s well-rounded in the sense that he’s got some striking and jiu-jitsu, but I don’t think he’s really as good anywhere as I am. I see myself taking it to him.”

Luckily, it hasn’t been hard for Cauley to find training partners of similar stature in the gym. “Yeah they make him that big in Arizona,” joked Cauley. “We’ve got a couple.”

Heading into 2023, the teammate of Ryan Bader is hoping to continue to grow in MMA.

“The goal for me for 2023 would be at least three, ideally four more fights. I’m on a development contract, I’m focused on developing,” Cauley told us. “I’m trying to really build a world class skill set, and a big part of that is getting experience and getting these fights.”

“Bellator has done a great job with me so far; I’m really happy with how things are going and I’d like to stay busy moving forward.”

Watch the full Bellator 288 virtual media day appearance from Sullivan Cauley above. Cauley faces Jay Radick this Friday, November 18, 2022 in Chicago, IL.