SBG’s Brian Moore spoke to us here at Pundit Arena ahead of his showdown against Son Le Binh at Bellator Birmingham tonight.
Moore’s run in the promotion to date has been a funny one. Despite posting a 2-3 record, short-notice matchups, unfortunate circumstances, and a constant desire to take on the very best of the best has seen Moore prove himself to be amongst the best of the best in the Bellator featherweight division.
Last time out, he took on the former title-challenger Noad Lahat in a fight that seemed to be going his way early on. Catching Lahat several times with hard shot on the feet, disaster struck for the Irishman as sustained separate injuries to both his hands, leaving him severely compromised as his opponent began to regain control.
Speaking about that loss and his desire to continue fighting, Moore seemed to be at peace with what happened but made it clear that the outcome of the fight had been affected significantly.
“It felt like a little explosion in my hand. If you look at that fight, in the striking it looked like I had a massive advantage but even in the grappling exchanges, he wasn’t even close to taking me down.
“He was getting tired, he was exhausted. I was surprised he even made it out of that round so hats off to him for that.
“Ones my hands broke, the pain was shooting into my arm and I couldn’t defend takedowns. When it hit the deck, I couldn’t make a post or any frames.
“But I was never going to give up, it’s just not in me to do so.”
Losing by way of unanimous decision in a fight that was going his way was no doubt a bitter pill for Moore to swallow but now, he makes his return to the cage against Son Le Binh at Bellator Birmingham tonight – a fight that will give him the opportunity to gain some well-deserved momentum.
But even still, he expressed his hopes that he and Lahat can run it back someday.
“It’s a fight that I really, really want to get back. Even though I’m dropping down to 135lbs, I see it in my mind that me and Noad will fight again. I hope it’s in Israel, in his hometown and it would be a great fight again.
“Noad missed weight by 2.5lbs. It’s another thing that adds to the story and another reason why it should be made again.
It would be easy for Brian Moore to look at himself as an incredibly unlucky man, given the asterisks that have dogged his Bellator run.
But thankfully, he possesses an admirable air of positivity and an appreciation for the important things in life – things that lie outside of the world of fighting.
“With the Lahat fight I broke my hand. It was an easy fight up until that point. With AJ McKee, possibly won round one, ran away with it in round two, and then in round three I slipped and then he took my back and got the choke in.
“And I was thinking ‘oh man, I’m so unlucky’, but then I looked at my two daughters. I am the furthest from unlucky that I could be.
“I love fighting. I am blessed. Absolutely blessed that fighting allows me to look after my girls.
“Don’t get me wrong, for the competitor in me, it’s a tough one to swallow but I wouldn’t call myself unlucky. Maybe in the fight business I am, but definitely not in life.”
I asked The Pikeman if taking a fight in May was a decision made with an eye on sealing a spot on Bellator Dublin in the 3Arena.
He confirmed that a spot on in his home-country is a huge priority for him after missing out on the promotion’s last stop there in February.
“100%. I’m not missing that fight. I’m not missing that September card for anyone or anything. My heart was broken in February. That’s a show I headlined the last time on short-notice.
“I want a top-5 or top-10 guy from bantamweight on the main-card.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena