For Bellator’s Summer Series, it marked the overdue debut of War Machine. The welterweight was supposed to fight for Bellator years ago, but incarceration stopped that.
It took War Machine less than four minutes to finish Blas Avena at Bellator 96. It was his first fight since November 2011, but ring rust didn’t play a factor.
“That’s the thing with ring rust: It doesn’t exist that much,” said War Machine on MMA Junkie Radio. “You fight like 40 fights in the gym before you ever come to the real fight. But I won’t lie, I was a little more nervous than usual. I felt a little weird in the beginning of the fight. I watched the fight on TV, and I looked fine, but I guess I felt a little different.”
War Machine had spent two separate stints behind bars and was coming off an ACL injury. He hopes to enter an upcoming welterweight tournament in Season 9 and meet champion Ben Askren at a future date.