Seth Petruzelli only let a few people in on a secret leading up to his fight at Bellator 48 this past weekend.
Petruzelli had told those closest to him that if Ricco Rodriguez defeated him Saturday night, he would hang it up and call it a career.
Instead, Petruzelli stunned the former UFC heavyweight champion with a first round knockout, scoring the biggest win of his career.
“If anyone watched when I fell on the ground (after the fight), I was laughing and crying at the same time,” Petruzelli said. “It was all hands and takedown defense and wrestling. I thought he was just going to bum rush me and take me down. He didn’t really do too much of that.”
Petruzelli (14-6) is also known as the man that ended Elite XC with a victory over Kimbo Slice three years ago.
Now, he is known as the man that stopped a fighter on a 12-fight win streak and with a resume that includes wins over Randy Couture, Andrei Arlovski and Gary Goodridge.
“He was probably the classiest guy I’ve ever, ever fought in my life,” said Petruzelli, who is 7-3 in his last 10 fights. “Afterward, he was so humble and cool. He’s not too far away from where I live, so I’d love to get together and train with him in the future.”
“The Silverback” is taking some time off from fighting for now, working on is college degree at the University of Central Florida. But, he is looking at all future options, including a spot in one of the upcoming Bellator tournaments.
“(In) all the interviews I did after the fight, I was talking about going down to light heavyweight,” Petruzelli said. “But the more that I’ve thought about things, I’m 50-50 in the middle now because I’ll be a super-small heavyweight, but I like the feeling of being a lot faster and more agile.”