Andrew Kapel expected to be fighting on the big stage for years now.
At 34 years old, he will finally get his chance to do so at Bellator 233, where he will face Muhammed Lawal in what will be “King Mo’s” retirement fight.
“Yeah, it is bizarre. It is not the way I expected to make my splash on the big stage, but I will take it,” Kapel said to Sherdog.com. “It is not the way I expected for that to happen but I am excited to show off my game.”
Kapel is ecstatic he got the call to fight in Bellator and show everyone just how good he is. He believes he was wrongfully passed over during his career and can now prove to everyone he should have been here for years.
“I love it. I love being the [underdog]. I will come out of the shadows and prove I belong on the world stage,” he said. “He is stylistically a different matchup for me, but he is at the end of his career. He has been on a skid for a while and is not in the same place mentally as me. He has some things going for him: He is big, strong and experienced. But, I am excited to show people that they were missing out on me.”
Kapel knows he is being brought in to lose, but he plans on playing the role of spoiler. Kapel knows how good he is, and believes Bellator will have a new middleweight contender after he knocks out Lawal.
“When you look at it from Bellator’s perspective it is a win-win for them. They have their longtime high-profile guy to fight a totally unknown guy. I’m being brought in to lose,” Kapel said. “He is the favorite on paper. They either get a win for him to say farewell, or they have a brand new prospect to build on with a knockout of ‘King Mo.’ For me, it is a huge challenge that I am excited to face.”
Kapel’s confidence is high heading into Bellator 233. He knows he has the skillset to win this fight and is confident he will be able to keep it on the feet and get the knockout win. But, wherever this fight takes place, Kapel is ready for everything.
“I’m willing to go through hell to beat ‘King Mo.’ This means everything to me. To him, this is just another fight,” he said.