Brian “The Pikeman” Moore is getting ready for the biggest fight of his life on Friday night when he takes on AJ McKee at Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland.
Moore, 30, was originally scheduled to Andre Goncalves, but after his teammate James Gallagher pulled out of the original main event injured, Moore was rescheduled to take on McKee.
Speaking to MMAUNO.com this past week, Moore explained how the new fight came about.
“I’m willing to fight anyone at anytime, but I made this fight happen for the simple reason that I wanted this fight,” Moore said. “We knew that James was out and that they were in a bit of a predicament when it came to the co-main and main event.
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“The guy I was supposing to be fighting, I think I would’ve run through him quick, and I think the guy AJ was going to be fighting, he would’ve run through him quick as well.
“John [Kavanagh] said why don’t they put me and AJ against each other in the main event.”
“It was us who was asked if we were willing to take it, it was actually us that made it happen.”
Not willing to engage in trash talking
Moore’s teammate Gallagher has had a very public rivalry with McKee, but as far as Moore is concerned he’s not got a problem with the man. The SBG man would rather just keep it as a competitive rivalry and he’s not afraid to admit that McKee will provide stiff competition for him this Friday.
“I think he’s a very good fighter and I’m not one of those people that bashes fellas,” Moore said. “You don’t have a nine fight winning streak in Bellator without being a good fighter, I’ll give him that.
“As a person I don’t care what he’s like. That’s no bother to me. I just look forward to the challenge ahead.”
“I know he’s a good fighter, but he’s not perfect. He’s never faced a fighter of my calibre and he’s going to realize that he’s never faced an animal like me before. I’m going to be his toughest test to date. I do respect AJ and he seems to want to fight the people they put in front of him. I know he’s going to be game and he’s always looking to finish. I think it’s going to be a great fight.”
Keep your eyes peeled everywhere
While not going as far as predicting the outcome of the fight, Moore said that he was expecting it to be highly competitive everywhere. With both men known for being all round mixed martial artists, Moore thinks that we could see then engage in many different areas of combat and that it’s going to be an exciting fight to watch.
“I think this is the sort of fight that could end up anywhere,” Moore said. “I think it’s going to be back and forth on the feet, in the grappling, in the scrambles, and I think that it’s just going to be a great mixed martial arts fight. The other reason I did this is because Dublin deserves a big card, they deserve a big event and they deserve a good fight.
“The fans deserve a good scrap and this is going to be a good scrap. We are both skilled in all areas of the games and we are both hungry. It’s got all the makings for fireworks.”
With Moore taking the step up to the main event, he earned himself a new contract. With a three fight deal now in the bag, the Irishman knows there are going to be some exciting times ahead for him.
Exciting times ahead
“I got a three fight deal with this main event,” Moore said. “I’m happy to get that and I signed two contracts with Bellator. One for the fight and then one for three fights. I’m very happy to be on board with that. I know I lost against Weichel, but they obviously saw something in me because they had me fight in Budapest.
“When I got there I beat the guy in front of me easily. I beat him 10-8 in the first and then finished him in the second ruthlessly. I’m glad to be back fighting for Bellator and excited for the future because they are really on the up. It’s exciting times ahead for me.
“Next for me though is the biggest fight of my life and I’m ready to put absolutely everything into it.”