Prior to embarking on his MMA career, Chris Honeycutt turned himself into a two-time NCAA Div. II All-American while competing for Edinboro University.
He didn’t go undefeated on the wrestling mat, forcing him to do exactly what he plans on doing this month when he steps back inside the cage at Bellator 153 vs. Matt Secor in the headline prelim bout.
“The only way to fix a loss is to go out there and win,” said Honeycutt, during a recent interview with FightLine. “I was fortunate enough that Bellator fit me on this card almost right after my (medical) suspension ended in March. I am very thankful that they were able to do that.”
Honeycutt (6-1) suffered his first pro loss in eight fights when he was finished by Paul Bradley in January at Bellator 148. The two also met last year, but that bout was stopped in the second round due to an accidental headbutt and ruled a no-contest.
His first two Bellator fights also ended before the final bell, but both of those went in his favor. Honeycutt finished Clayton MacFarland in the third and Aaron Wilkinson in the second.
A member of the Dethrone Base Camp with fellow ex-wrestler – and Bellator fighter – Josh Koscheck, the 27-year-old Ohio native branched out this training camp.
“I took a couple of field trips, one to American Top Team for a few weeks and one to American Kickboxing Academy,” he said. “It was good to sharpen up the skills that I will need to get a victory.
“It was my first time at ATT, as my friends (Muhammed) ‘King Mo’ Lawal and Steve Mocco are there. I’ve been to AKA a few times before, as it is just a couple hours over the mountain (from Dethrone).”