Bellator 182's Joey Davis' modest goals for MMA career? 'I want to be the next big thing'

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Joey Davis may have just started his professional MMA career, but he’s already thinking big.

“I want to be the next big thing,” Davis said. “I want to be the next big star. I’m going to be the champion. What’s going to happen after I’m the champion, I don’t know. But I’m going to be the champion.

Looking at Davis’ one-fight pro MMA record, one might be tempted to tell the 23-year-old to hit the brakes on that one. But, when you’re a four-time NCAA Division II national champion who stayed unbeaten throughout 131 wrestling matches, some confidence is warranted.

Davis returns to the Bellator cage tonight, almost exactly one year after a successful Bellator debut. Davis (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who took a decision over Keith Cutrone at Bellator 160 to kick off his pro MMA career, meets Justin Roswell (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) a 175-pound catchweight preliminary card bout.

Bellator 182 takes place at Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, N.Y. The main card airs on Spike and prelims stream on MMAjunkie.

Davis, who also built an unbeaten five-fight amateur MMA record before turning pro, understands the volatile nature of the fight game. But, as someone who spent an entire life – successfully – competing, he is also aware of his own power.

“There’s no way I can be beat if I put my mind to it,” Davis said. “Fighting is a very tough sport. You just get hit and knocked out., god forgive. But I know if I put all my abilities to the test, and I know I’m in the best shape I can be, I am very hard to deal with. Very tough.”

To hear more from Davis on his goals, trajectory and inspiration, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani' lineup finalized with 13 (!) prelims

The lineup for Bellator’s next fight card is finalized, and 17 bouts are now official for next month’s event.

Bellator 182 takes place Aug. 25 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The main card airs on Spike following prelims that stream on MMAjunkie.

MMAjunkie confirmed two news additions with a Bellator official. The matchups round out of the preliminary card.

First, Joey Davis (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who went 113-0 as an amateur Division II wrestler at Notre Dame College of Ohio, returns to action one year after his pro debut to face Justin Roswell (1-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in a 175-pound catchweight affair.

Also, in the women’s flyweight division, Kristi Lopez (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) ends a more than three-year hiatus from competition to face Carmela James (0-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), who has already gone winless in two fights this year – one of which came at Bellator 171 in January.

The complete Bellator 182 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • Fernando Gonzalez vs. Brennan Ward
  • A.J. McKee vs. Blair Tugman
  • Veta Arteaga vs. Bruna Ellen

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Arlene Blencowe vs. Sinead Kavanagh
  • Henry Corrales vs. Noad Lahat
  • Kate Jackson vs. Colleen Schneider
  • Kevin Casey vs. Chris Honeycutt
  • Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Pineda
  • Gabrielle Holloway vs. Talita Nogueira
  • Tom Regal vs. Kastriot Xhema
  • Brandon Polcare vs. Mike Taylor
  • Ricky Rainey vs. Marc Stevens
  • Philipe Lins vs. Vadim Nemkov
  • Matt Secor vs. T.J. Summer
  • Joey Davis vs. Justin Roswell
  • Kristi Lopez vs. Carmella James

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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