Bellator 293: Jeff Creighton Credits Hendo’s Gym For Win Over Davis

Jeff Creighton, Bellator 293
Jeff Creighton, Bellator 293 Credit: Bellator MMA

There’s something a different about training with a living legend like Dan Henderson, and Bellator welterweight Jeff Creighton knows that picking the brain of one of the greatest to ever do it helped him at Bellator 293.

“I fight out of Temecula, California. Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center. I felt at home here. I’ve been here for years. I knew my crowd was going to show up. I think we blew the roof off the place,” Creighton told reporters including Cageside Press at his post-fight scrum

Creighton (7-3) picked up a split decision over Joey Davis at Bellator 293 after a hard-fought three rounds that tested his endurance. Creighton said that hard rounds with his training partners, including Henderson, were key to his victory over Davis.

“Just a lot of hard rounds. Even with Dan Hendo himself, Tarec Saffiedine. I have great training partners around me. I knew cardio was going to be the biggest aspect. I watched Joey’s fights. I did film study. He comes out during the fight and he fights at a decent pace. Then he slows down throughout,” he said.

“And if you watch my fights I speed up throughout. I think I showed that here tonight.”

At the end of the day Creighton felt that he won because he wanted it more than Davis. Plain and simple.

“Nothing against Joey. But Joey’s supposed to be here, and I want to be here. I thought that was the difference and I think that’s what it kind of came down to in the end. Nothing taken away, nothing from Joey, he’s had his two-and-a-half year layoff. Nothing against him,” Creighton said.

“But I really wanted it. And I wanted it more than him.”

Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Jeff Creighton above.