Brandon Girtz Sees Melvin Guillard as Stepping Stone to the Top 5

August 25, 2015

It’s been nearly a year since Bellator lightweight Brandon “Cold Roll” Girtz last stepped into the cage, and for good reason. Since his win over Benny Madrid in September of last year, Girtz has been sidelined due to injury.

“I hurt my knee that fight, so I’ve been rehabbing pretty much the whole time,” Girtz told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve been training and working out some of the holes in my game, and over time I’ve been able to perfect that and do some things differently.”

Having begun to train at the Grudge Training Center on a fulltime basis, Girtz feels like his game has changed not only in the physical aspect, but mentally as well.

“I definitely think it will be noticeable,” said Girtz. “Just in my hands and footwork to my cardio, all of those things have been worked on.

“A big thing is that I’m more mentally in it. That’s been a big step since I’ve started working at Grudge, my mental attitude towards things has changed. I’m taking the journey as it is versus going in there and being nervous or worried about what could happen.”

Girtz (11-4) will have his first fight back from injury against Melvin Guillard (32-14-2) in the main event of Bellator 141 in Temecula, Calif., on Friday.

“I’ve got to fight my fight and not give in to his,” said Girtz of facing Guillard. “He’s a counter-striker and he wants me to play his game, and that’s not going to happen. I’m going to come in and pressure him and look for the open shots or take him to the ground.”

Girtz sees his fight against Guillard as a big opportunity to prove himself as a factor in the lightweight division, and is highly driven to make it so.

“It’s definitely a motivator,” said Girtz. “The higher it gets, the bigger the fight, the more it gets to you. You’re there to put on a show and I can feel the energy for sure.

“Melvin’s got a big name, and it’s on a big stage, so absolutely this is a big fight. This is a big stepping stone. There’s no way I beat Melvin and they don’t hand me someone in the Top 5 (to fight next).”

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