Fans aren’t used to seeing Bellator featherweight Lucas Brennan pull a win off via knockout, but that’s exactly what he did at Bellator 298 on Friday night against Weber Almeida.
It was a surprised to many except Brennan and his team.
“I feel good that I won. Not to be that guy, but that’s something I’ve been doing a lot in training recently. To the deficit of some of my guys, but I’ve been doing that failed-shot-to-knee quite a bit,” Brenna told Cageside Press among other reporters at his post-fight scrum.
“I’m happy that it paid off, and I’m sure a couple of them are happy that it paid off.”
Brennan normally doesn’t have much of a problem taking his opponents down and working to strangle them, but Almeida proved to be very tough to put on the canvas.
“I was informed ahead of time that he was going to be incredibly strong. I can tell by looking at him that he was going to be very strong. Clearly we anticipated an anti-wrestling sort of style,” he said.
This fight marked only the second time in his professional career that Brennan has reached the third round of a fight. First time came in 2020 when he earned a decision victory over Andrew Salas.
“It’s definitely the most adversity I’ve seen in a fight thus far. Even some tougher early amateur fights. It’s definitely one of the toughest fights I’ve had. An incredibly difficult opponent to stylistically match myself up with,” said Brennan.
“It was fun.”
With a three round sample to work with Brennan sees plenty of homework to do and improvements to make following the win.
“There’s going to be a lot of notes to be taken. We’ll be back to the drawing board on Sunday and get going.”
Back to the drawing board indeed as Brennan stated he’ll return to the Bellator cage before the year is out.
“You will be seeing me by the end of the year. I’m going to go eat a large pizza, eat a little bit of ice cream,” he said.
“And I’ll be back. You’ll be seeing me before 2024.”
Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Lucas Brennan above.