The Bellator 287 press conference was held yesterday, a chance for the media to grab some questions about some of the fighters in action in the fashion capital of the world in Milan.
I grabbed some questions with Luke before the violent festivities begin on Saturday night.
Aaron East MMA UK: In regards to changing the home of your fight camp from TITAN Fighter Gym to GB Top Team, was this a scary situation for you as you were with Titan for so long?
Luke Trainer: I wouldn’t say scary, Brad and Ash were both at Titan before GB Top Team opened. Brad was the assistant Head Coach a while back with Mickey Papas when I first started there, and Ash was one of the fighters under the Banner. A Lot of the guys training at GB Top Team pretty much started out there too, so I was always around those guys at the start of my career and I’d already built great relationships, so I knew what I was going into. The scary thing for me was figuring out the travel haha, as I have to travel 2 and half hours there and 2 and a half back 4 days a week. That’s 20 hours of travel just for my morning sessions, then I had to go elsewhere for my evening sessions as well as on the weekends. So that was a bit of an adjustment, that’s the time of my day that I’m used to filling with other things. So that was a bit to get used to, that was a bit of a leap of faith, financially as well. But it was time for me to make the move, a couple of other guys from the team had made the move already. I was following Simeon Powell who’s tearing up the PFL right now. He’s my main training partner now, like I said man, the best decision I’ve made in a long time.
Aaron East MMA UK: what can fight fans expect from you as we approach the 2023 calendar year?
Luke Trainer: I’m gonna finish Lucas Alsina inside 15 minutes, whatever happens in 2023 is up to Bellator. I wanna be active, I want at least 3 fights next year. There’s a Dublin card in February, there’s a London card I think in March. I’m a different animal now but I got to prove myself, all this talk is great but you’re gonna see it on Saturday. I’m gonna put this man away and move on to the next one.
Aaron East MMA UK: I look forward to it, all the best for Saturday Luke.
Luke Trainer: Thank you brother I appreciate it.
Catch Luke, and many more this Saturday on the absolutely stacked Bellator 287 Milan card.
How to watch Bellator 287.
And the main card via SHOWTIME (U.S.) | BBC Three & BBC iPlayer (U.K.) | Virgin Media (IRELAND)
Saturday, October 29 – 10 p.m. CEST/4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT