by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
After two years away from the sport, former UFC fighter Brian Gassaway is happy to be back and on the winning track.
He told MMAWeekly.com following his win at Bellator 25, “It’s been something I’ve wanted to do, but I’ve just been plagued with injuries.
“That comes along with fighting for a long time. I’m 38 now, so injuries don’t go away like they did when I was younger, but my mindset is still there, so I really felt great, like I was back home in the cage.”
Having racked up around 100 professional fights across multiple disciplines ranging from Shidokan to MMA, Gassaway has rarely ever had such a long time away from fighting.
And while he was happy to return victorious, he feels his performance against Kevin Knabjian could have gone better.
“I felt like skill-wise I could have done more, done better, especially on the ground,” stated Gassaway. “Apparently I did enough (in the judge’s eyes). I think what I lacked skill-wise, I made up for in heart and determination.”
It’s that same sense of determination that continues to drive Gassaway’s competitive spirit.
“The motivation (for continuing) I think is just the passion of fighting,” he said. “I don’t do it for fame; I never did it for fame. I love to test myself and push myself to the limits, and I don’t really see another test other than MMA that is the ultimate test for me.
“I’m not going to be one of those guys who fights way beyond their years; when I’m ready to give it up, I’ll give it up, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. I feel great, I have a great training camp, and the sky’s the limit right now.”
Having taken fights all over the world, Gassaway is eager to build off the momentum of his returning victory and stay busy through the remainder of 2010.
“I haven’t talked to Bellator (about returning), but I may be taking a fight that Shonie (Carter) was going to take in Singapore, but we haven’t spoken to the promoter about that,” stated Gassaway.
“I’ve fought weight classes above me, I’ve fought on short notice, and I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. If anybody wants me to fight – as long as they come to me with an honest proposal – I’m all for it.”
While he may never be at the top of the rankings, Gassaway continues to fight because it’s something he feels deep within his soul. And that can be just as rewarding as any gold belt to the right person.
“I would definitely like to thank Christian Uflacker and everybody from my training camp,” he concluded. “They all help me tremendously to get to where I’m at right now.
“Fighting is my passion and I hope to get in there soon. I always like to bang, and I know fans like to see guys who lay it all out on the line, and I’ll try to do for you every fight. Whether you love me or hate me, you’ll always get an exciting fight from me.”