Heading into Bellator Title Fight, Dave Jansen Sees It as Tank vs. Go-Kart

April 7, 2015
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For Bellator lightweight Dave Jansen, coming back off of a year-and-a-half layoff was not as difficult as it may seem.

As he told MMAWeekly.com, Jansen approached his fight last October with Rick Hawn like it was any other fight.

“He was an extremely tough guy,” Jansen said of Hawn. “I know people talk about ring rust, but I don’t believe in it because a fighter is always a fighter, so I was never more ready for a fight than I was that one.”

A unanimous decision win over Hawn rose Jansen’s winning streak to seven, to which he credits his ability to be as hard to game plan for as possible.

“I think it’s important to be unpredictable and be ready for anything,” said Jansen. “I’m going to continue to use the element of surprise.”

Jansen (20-2) now turns his attention to his upcoming Bellator 155-pound title fight against Will Brooks (15-1) on April 10 in Irvine, Calif.

“Will Brooks has crafted a story about me in his mind, but when I go out there, it’s not going to be how his story goes and it’s going to be a shock to his system,” said Jansen. “I see a lot of holes in his mental game that I think I can exploit.

“He hops in and hops out and tries to use speed in his favor. I’m more of a tank. I move forward. It’s kind of hard to put a tank in reverse. I think he’s more like a go-kart.”

While winning a title and everything that comes with it might motivate most fighters, for Jansen it’s having a strong performance that is the most important thing to him.

“I set all that aside and focus on the fight and the process itself,” he said. “What can I do today? What I can do this very minute? Today is what’s important.

“Of course I want to win. I believe I will win. I know I will win. That’s what it comes down to. But it’s not about that. It’s about the process. I want to be the most excellent form of myself that I can be.”

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  • shakejunt

    entertaining fighter, hope he can pull it off.