Bellator 57 Bout with Hawk Will Be Brutal, Hollett Says

By Mike Whitman Nov 12, 2011
Roger Hollett did not come to Bellator Fighting Championships to fool around.

The Maximum Fighting Championship veteran was straightforward in his prediction for his Bellator 57 clash with John Hawk on Saturday.
When Hollett (Pictured, File Photo) collides with fellow light heavyweight tournament hopeful Hawk at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, he wants to send an emphatic message to observers and future opponents alike.

“When I go into the cage, I want to finish the fight and make sure the fans get their money’s worth. I’m coming out in my Bellator debut to show everyone what I’m all about and get after that hundred grand,” Hollett said. “I want the fans and everyone in the tournament to watch this fight with John Hawk and go, ‘What the f---! I can’t believe that just happened!’ It’s going to be a brutal finish, no matter how I do it.”

Hollett has won four straight fights ahead of his showdown with Hawk, a 31-year-old Ohioan coming off a successful Bellator debut on Sept. 24.

“John Hawk is trying to keep me out of the Bellator light heavyweight tournament,” said Hollett. “That’s how I’ve been looking at this fight. That’s what’s been motivating me to train so hard. It’s been on my mind every day. I’m not going to let that happen.”

Though Hollett holds edges in both experience and notoriety, “The Hulk” expects his opponent to take a direct approach when the cage door closes. In response, Hollett plans to impose his will on his foe with little regard for what Hawk brings to the table.

“I feel like John Hawk has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this fight,” said Hollett. “I’m expecting for him to come right at me, and, personally, I think that’s a big mistake. I don’t really focus much on my opponents before I fight them, and I haven’t been spending a lot of energy studying John Hawk leading into this fight. I’m primarily focusing on what I’m going to do to him.”

A Nova Scotia transplant now training with Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque, N.M., Hollett says the decision to join the vaunted camp was an easy one.

“I wanted to fight the better fighters, so I knew that I had to train with better people and fighters of higher caliber,” Hollett said. “Greg Jackson’s is the best gym in the world, in my opinion.”

While Hollett was training many miles away in Albuquerque, his grandfather passed away. Though it was a difficult turn of events, Hollett says he used the circumstance as motivation to train even harder.

“I was very close to [my grandfather]. He was very supportive of my fight career [and] went to all my fights back home,” said Hollett. “He knew I was going to fight for Bellator and he knew how great of an opportunity this was, so I’m dedicating this fight to him.”
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