Bellator Fighting Championships will make its first visit to Arizona with Bellator 41 tomorrow night from the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Arizona. In the co-main event of the evening, Bellator World Bantamweight Champion Zack Makovsky will face 11-0 Chad “Robo” Robichaux.
It is Robichaux’s biggest fight since his Strikeforce debut last August, where he scored a decision victory over Humberto DeLeon. Robichaux told FightLine.com that he appreciated the opportunity that Strikeforce gave him.
“Strikeforce was a great opportunity for me,” Robichaux told FightLine.com. “I know that there are a lot of great athletes in this sport, so the problem I have is getting out there and separating myself from the masses. Strikeforce did that for me immediately.
“The match itself was tough. I was fighting at a catch-weight that was far too light and had a head on collision with a drunk driver just weeks before. So that made for a challenging camp beyond just a formidable opponent. However, I secured the win and here I am!”
Saturday’s contest will not only be Robichaux’s nationally televised debut, it also marks the first time that he has fought under the Bellator umbrella. Despite the fact that the bout won’t be for Makovsky’s title, Robichaux noted that he was excited for the fight, and for competing in Bellator.
“I love this organization and what they are doing in the sport,” said Robichaux. “Bellator will be more accepted with the tournament as the public is more educated on its format. It’s a great thing that these slots are earned and no favoritism is offered.
“Bellator is giving me a chance to fight the second highest regarded bantamweight champ in the world in Zach [Makovsky]. The fact that he keeps his belt when I win Saturday doesn’t bother me all that much… but after a win it’s still a long road to get the belt, the tournament and a rematch with Zach. I’m trying not to think to much into that now, and just focus on putting in the win Saturday.”
It is the first bout for Makovsky since winning the Bellator Season Three Bantamweight tournament and becoming the first-ever bantamweight champion. Robichaux knows that he has a tough night ahead of him this Saturday, but plans on finishing Makovsky and making a statement.
“He’s very smart and very composed, that makes him dangerous in the area of just losing to him on the score cards,” Robichaux said of his opponent. “I know I have to clearly beat him to win a decision, there would likely not be a close judgment in my favor. However, thankfully for me I have no interest in going to the scorecards and [I] feel confident I can drag a fight out of Zach. The more active the match is the better chances for me to finish. Expect me to push, push, push, the pace from bell to bell.
“I will finish the fight; on the feet, in the scrambles, on the ground. Somewhere, under my pressure, Zach will fold and I’ll be there right on top of him to seal the deal.”
If Robichaux were to defeat Makovsky this Saturday, he stated that he would like to receive a title shot, but recognizes that Bellator’s tournament format would not allow an immediate match-up.
“It would be nice [to receive a title shot], the only change would be to add two rounds and one less pound to the bout to make it official, but I’m certain with the Bellator format the best I will get is the chance to be in the tournament next season,” he admitted. “Of course I’d love the belt, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. But, I have a ton of medals and belts in boxes in my attic, it’s the competition that is more important to me.
“I want to fight the best to show I can beat the best, and here we are… days away, and I will get the chance to do that!”
Chad Robichaux will be fighting for Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization which aids wounded and disabled veterans. He also wanted to thank his family, Gracie Barra, Alchemist Management, Ranger Up, Card Woo, Cash 4 Gold and Sayved.com.
Bellator 41 takes place tomorrow night from the Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Arizona. Bellator World Featherweight Champion Joe Warren will face Marcos “Louro” Galvao in a non-title bout in the main event. The event will air live on MTV2.