SBG Ireland bantamweight Frans Mlambo spoke to Pundit Arena ahead of his debut in the Bellator cage at tonight’s Bellator London.
Mlambo has managed to make this huge step into the spotlight on the back of a glittering run in the IMMAF’s as an amateur where he took home a gold medal in the 145lb weight-class.
Earning a Bellator contract following his BRAVE CF 19 victory over Dansheel Moodley, he will make his first appearance under the promotional banner at Bellator London, a show that also contains a few others who share his home in SBG Ireland.
Speaking to us here at Pundit Arena during fight-week, Frans explained how things have only gotten better in every sense of the word since he found that Scott Coker and co. were interested.
“I feel like I’ve matured. I’m training a lot, working on new things.
“I obviously feel like I’m going to continue to progress – that’s my main focus, progression, and I feel like I’ve done a lot of that and there’s more to come.”
The former Cage Warriors flyweight champion Nathan Greyson is the fighter who will welcome Mlambo to Bellator on Saturday night – a man who is looking to turn around his own fortunes following a debut defeat to Cal Ellenor in Newcastle earlier this year.
Greyson has had something of a rivalry with SBG’s own Blaine O’Driscoll in recent times and while the shared connection could have added something of an extra incentive for Frans, he seemed indifferent to the beef and more focussed on his own growth and skillset.
“I don’t like looking up my opponents so I don’t really know what his skillset is. I’ve heard he is a striker and that is good news for me.
“If he plans on coming in striking, we’re going to have a very, very good fight. At the same time, I have been working on all of my skills. I am still looking to bring out some new things.
“I’ve shown enough of my striking, obviously, that will still be there but we’ll see what happens.”
Of course, the promotion’s last trip to the Irish capital of Dublin was a major signifier that things are healthier than ever with this new wave of talent and while he isn’t looking past Nathan Greyson by any means, Mlambo made his wish to fight on Bellator Dublin in September quite clear.
“100%. No doubt about it.
“And I’d actually really like to get another one in before the end of the year as well. After September I’m going to call for one more at the end of the year.
“From what I hear, that looks to be a bit ambitious so it’s up to me to make the case for Bellator to give me another one if I put on two exciting fights.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena