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Linton Vassell Talks Bellator Title Fight with Ryan Bader

On Friday November 3, Bellator will roll into the Bryce Jordan Center, on the campus of Penn State University for Bellator 186. Headlining that card will be the promotions new light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader.

However, his opponent for that fight, “The Swarm” Linton Vassell, made a guest appearance on the Fight Strength Podcast this weekend to talk about his upcoming championship opportunity, and much more.

Hosted by American Top Team strength and conditioning coach Phil Daru, and MMASucka Senior Editor Jason Burgos, the Fight Strength Podcast is a weekly show focused on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), its fighters, trainers, and the fitness techniques used to make MMA combatants some of the best athletes in the world.

Vassell fit the fighter bill on this episode as he talked about the advantages he feels he has over his next opponent, and why he appreciates this second opportunity at the Bellator 205 pound title more than his first attempt–a 2014 loss to Emmanuel Newton.

The hosts also found out what the fighters passions are away from the sport, what drives him to succeed despite never having aspirations to be a fighter, and the differences in the promotion from when former president Bjorn Rebney ran it, to the current regime headed by Scott Coker.

Along with the headling bout between Bader and Vassell, the card also features the inaugural women’s flyweight title bout between the undefeated Ilima-Lei McFarlane and Emily Ducote (a rematch of their fight from last year which McFarlane won by decision). And Penn State alums Phil Davis and Ed Ruth return to their collegiate wrestling stomping grounds for bouts of their own.

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About Jason Burgos

New York resident Jason Burgos is the creator and editor of Cheapsseatschatter.com. He has written for Geekfeed.com, Topropepress.com, BronxJournal.com, Sicchic.com, along with contributing to Lastwordonsports.com Jason is currently working towards finishing his degree in journalism at Lehman College and hopes to one day be a familiar name and face in your web browsers when perusing pro-sports sites.