The newly-crowned WWFC flyweight champion Blaine O’Driscoll is looking to settle the score with the man who should have shared the cage with him for his first world-title shot late last year.
O’Driscoll was set to compete against then-Cage Warriors flyweight champion Nathan Greyson at CW99 last November before his opponent pulled out, claiming that he was unable to make weight for the bout just days before the fight’s date.
Speaking on an episode of MMAFighting‘s Eurobash podcast in the days that followed, Greyson admitted he decided that making the championship limit of 125lbs wasn’t worth it anymore due to the uncertainty that surrounds the UFC flyweight division.
“I’m a prizefighter now, so the incentive really isn’t there for the weight cut for this fight.
“It’s gone a bit weird, the incentive, because the UFC’s flyweight division doesn’t seem like it’s going to be there anymore.
“It’s a bit fucked up.”
Greyson made his Bellator debut at bantamweight in the time since on their recent stop in Newcastle, losing out by way of first-round rear-naked choke to Cal Ellenor.
As for O’Driscoll, last weekend he was able to capture his first world-title, beating down WWFC flyweight king Teimur Rahimov on his way to a third-round submission victory.
Taking out the hometown hero at WWFC 14 in Kiev, Ukraine, the Irishman was able to bring home the first Irish MMA title of 2019 in what was a very impressive win by finish.
With that championship-winning performance now under his belt, Blaine has now redirected his focus in the direction of Greyson.
Speaking to us here at Pundit Arena MMA, he explained how a fight with the Londoner would be the perfect springboard for him to begin his assault on the Bellator roster.
“In the last fight, he [Greyson] pulled out two days before. He said that it was the money, that Cage Warriors weren’t paying him enough – but he knew, he knew what we were getting months before.
“Two days before is no excuse.
“It shows a lack of respect for the sport and a lack of respect for me. He knows everything that goes into a fight-camp. To pull out two days before when you knew what you were getting months before.
“Bellator are definitely paying enough so let’s get it done! There are no excuses now.
“Bellator have a London show in June, so that’d be a good one to get on.”
Confidence will not be short in the mind of Blaine O’Driscoll after winning in such dominant fashion and now, with the entire year ahead of him and a gold belt on his shoulder – taking out the man who deprived him of his first world-title shot last November is front and centre in his mind.
“He hasn’t responded to anything yet. Basically, I think it’s a good fight. It has a bit of a story to it.
“He’s coming off of a loss now as well so I want to go to London, into his hometown and give him another loss and basically, I’ll put the last nail in his coffin and do this sport a favour.
“We don’t need people who are not showing respect for other people in this sport.
“He showed his mindset. He showed that the minute that things weren’t going well for him he quit. And that’s the same thing I’m going to do to him in the fight. When it’s not going well for him I know he’s going to quit – and that’s when I’ll take him out.”
As of right now, there has been no official announcement from Bellator about their plans for London but there has been some noise that would indicate that a return to the English capital is in the pipeline for June.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena