Nik Fekete Reveals Motivation Behind His Victory Over Mark Griffin At Bellator 48
On August 20, 2011 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut light heavyweight contender Nik Fekete logged an impressive comback victory over Mark Griffin at Bellator 48. Coming off a well publicized loss to Richard Hale at Bellator 38 by inverted triangle, Fekette was determined to turn his defeat into a learning experience to help him come away with the victory against Griffin.
“After my last loss to Hale, I took it very hard," said Fekete. "[I didn't] sleep for a week. I was angry at myself for making a mental mistake, but I turned it into a positive by deciding that I'm going to do everything in my power to do the best I can.”
Training out of the Xtreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada Fekete worked with some of the best in the world to help prepare him of his upcoming fight. He appointed Nate Pettit as his main coach to help him create a full training strategy.
“ I worked with Nate Pettit as my main coach for this fight," Fekete explained. "He's new to Vegas but has a ton of experience. It was a great first time working with him”.
Learning from his mistakes in the last fight, the former Division 1 wrestler was intent on improving his skills on the ground. Enlisting the help of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black belt world champion Rodrigo Botti and Rodrigo Artilliero, Nik would be fully prepared to tackle any situation that arises if the fight goes to the ground.
“After my previous fight, I realized that I had much to work on, especially on the ground, so I took to working with Botti and Artiliero," Fekete credited his coaches. "I could not have done it without them.”
Committed to his training, Fekete also made some serious sacrifices in order to focus for the fight. By maintaining a strict diet, staying on track with his training routine, and even taking time off from his job as a Bouncer Fekete was committed to his goal on coming out on top in his fight against Griffin.
“There are always sacrifices when it comes to being an athlete; strict diet, training regiment, lifestyle all come into play," Fekete decribed his camp. "I also took time off from work, I work a bouncer full time, and I focused on improving all of my weak areas. I always train hard, but it takes more than just hard training to win a fight and become a champion.”
This dedication and sacrifice was ultimately met with great reward as his hard work would be showcased at Bellator 48. After experiencing some slight trouble with Griffin’s striking in the beginning of the round, Nik was able to make a miraculous comeback. Utilizing great ground control Fekete dominated the remaining of the round using fierce strikes from the top position fully immobilizing his opponent preventing any effort for him to mount an offense.
Heading into the second round Fekete continued his dominate ways. As time progressed in the fight Nik would secure a mounted crucifix while administrating vicious punches to the face of Griffin forcing the referee to stop the match at 3:12 giving the win to Fekete by TKO.
With a win over Griffin, Fekete has redeemed his embarrassing lost to Hale and has proven to the public that he is not a fighter to be taken lightly. After his successful victory at Bellator 48, Nik looks onward to growing more as a fighter and achieving greater success as he moves up in the light heavyweight division.
“I feel good about the win," said Fekete. "I felt I competed hard against a tough dude that came to fight. I think this win just puts me back on track of course there will always be areas to improve, but I’m happy with the win. I love this sport, I love competing and I love winning, and that's what I want to do.”