In picking up his first win of 2015 in February over Clayton MacFarlane at Bellator 133, welterweight Chris Honeycutt feels he set the tone for his year in addition to keeping his unblemished record.
“I went into that fight very confident,” Honeycutt told MMAWeekly.com. “I wanted to showcase my hands in that fight, but the years of wrestling, it’s kind of hard to step into that pocket when you see wide open takedowns.
“The biggest thing is I hope I can keep the fights coming now. My last three fights, I’ve had big breaks in between, so I hope to make the breaks smaller now.”
While he might not have had the amount of fights he’d like, so far he has lived up to his credentials as a two-time College Division I All-American, and made the transition to MMA with aplomb.
“Bellator obviously sees potential in me, and it proves the work I’ve been putting in the gym has been paying off,” said Honeycutt.
“I’ve spent most of my time in the gym training and getting better at fighting, so much more so than just getting ready for fights. As long as I keep doing the right things, excel and work hard, it should only get better from here.”
Honeycutt (6-0) will step up to his toughest competition yet when he returns to Bellator on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut to face veteran Paul Bradley (22-6, 1NC) in a feature welterweight bout on Spike TV.
“Paul is a wrestler as well, so he’ll be able to defend shots a little better, so it will force me to showcase my striking a little bit, and I’m looking forward to that,” said Honeycutt.
“If anything (Bradley) might have a slight edge on the experience level, but I have youth, and (Josh) Koscheck is in my gym and he’s there to show me through that.”
Though he’s only been fighting MMA for a couple of years, Honeycutt feels with the strong performances he’s had, that a shot at the 170-pound title might not be far off with a win on July 17.
“Hopefully I can get a title shot and get that belt,” said Honeycutt. “I was thinking it was going to be a couple years, but if I put and ass kicking on (Bradley) like I did the last two guys, maybe we can speed that up and I can get my shot hopefully by the end of the year or early next year.”