Alex Polizzi talks ahead of his fight against Yoel Romero at Bellator 280 in Paris

Alex Polizzi talks ahead of his fight against Yoel Romero at Bellator 280 in Paris

Alex ‘Eazy’ Polizzi 10-1-0 is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light-heavyweight division, representing Chosen Few Gym. He has competed for Pure FC, Chosen Few FC, FFC, LFA and Bellator MMA.

 

I’d like to kick things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Alex and also to congratulate you on your recently announced inclusion for the Bellator 280 card.

 

I hope training has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to the Bellator cage?

 

“Even though this was a replacement on the card for me, I’ve been training hard to prepare for the next one.”

 

Last we saw you in action was back in March at Bellator 276, taking on and defeating Jose Augusto Azevedo in a submissive fashion via Rear-naked choke. What did you take from that fan favourite of a finish?

 

“A really bloody nose. But in all seriousness, I am glad I was able to show my toughness and resiliency and continue to use pace to wear down opponents in face of their best offence.”

 

 

You stand in for Melvin Manhoef to take on one of the most dangerous men in the MMA World, Yoel Romero. An opportunity to be part of the Co-Main Event must have been an offer you couldn’t refuse?

 

 

“Yes, I’m usually not wise on my opponents but Yoel Romero is a big name. Paired with the beautiful city of Paris, couldn’t refuse.”

 

What was going through your mind when receiving this once in a lifetime opportunity?

 

“My cat was missing. So I went from pretty worried about that to pretty psyched. (She came back while I accepted.) She got into a neighbour’s home lol.”

 

As a gifted practitioner in both Submissive and KO/TKO finishing, as well as being able to persevere through to the judge’s scorecards. Selling you short of this encounter would be a mistake. Without giving too much away, what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out of the Accor Arena with your hand raised and a victory over the ex UFC warrior?

 

“The plan is the same; drag my opponent into the mud to tire them out for a finish. I am perpetually learning more techniques to do that in fight camps.”

 

Since joining Bellator back in 2020, you have given the fans some of the most memorable moments in the cage, with only 1 defeat in your new chapter for Scott Coker’s organisation.

 

It was only a matter of time before we saw your name in one of the bigger fights Bellator has to offer. A former champion with LFA, you are no stranger to the main showcase. A W on the night could see your name skyrocket up the current Light-heavyweight rankings, and fast-track your ultimate goal of yet again becoming king of your weight division. Should this occur in Paris, who would you like to see yourself potentially facing up against next?

 

“The match-ups occur above my pay grade. I just punch guys. Eyes on whoever ends up on the other side of the cage.”

 

Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?

 

“I don’t really watch much fighting.”

 

I wish you all the best for the 6th Alex and I look forward to witnessing you out there.

 

Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?

 

“I hope watching me fight is a percentage of as much fun as being in it, because I know then it’ll be worth it.”

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