MMA Oddsbreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with debuting Bellator welterweight Nathan Coy as he gets prepared for his upcoming (Sept. 27, 2013) Bellator 101 preliminary card bout against Andy Ulrich at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.
“Soulforce” has looked strong as of late, making a name for himself in the Maximum Fighting Championship organization and even rising to the rank of welterweight champion last year. He credits his run of success to training full time:
“I haven’t lost since I started training full time. I’m down at Coconut Creek. It’s been two years with American Top Team and I feel good, I’m clicking. I work a lot on my hands. I don’t really set gameplans. I go in there and instinctively, the wrestling takes over. I love to box, love to kickbox and use Muay Thai but that’s what happens, what presents itself in the scrap.”
The American Top Team standout hasn’t had it easy, however. He’s a fighter many don’t want to face due to his experience against top competition and his solid wrestling fighting style. That, on top of the fact he doesn’t have a manager have contributed to his lack of fights in the past few years:
“It’s the fight game, man. It’s not easy. I don’t have a manager so word of mouth is how I get fights. Guys are in this as a business. When you started, people were just in it to fight. It’s not a bad idea but people are in it for the long haul and they’re picking their fights. If a name comes across my lap or the opponent’s lap if it’s my name. They go to Sherdog, find out who I fought, find out I’m a wrestler, this and that. There’s difficulty in getting fights in the fight game.”
Hopefully now that he’s in Bellator, he’ll be fighting much more often, especially if he can get in the next welterweight tournament. It all starts with Andy Ulrich later tonight.