Andy Ryan can see Keith McCabe finishing Galore Bofando at Bellator London

Saturday the 22nd of June, Bellator returns to London with a stacked card with a title fight headlining the card. The card has quite a few Irish fighters fighting, one of which is Keith McCabe who took a fight with Galore Bofando on short notice following Richard Kiely being forced to pull out of the fight. McCabe holds a record of 3-3-1 and fights out of Team Ryano in the Northside of Dublin.

Prior to the fight, Team Ryano head coach Andy Ryan gave us his thoughts on the bout and how important it is for Keith to believe in himself in this fight.

“It’s great for Keith because Keith is a super guy, he came to me from another gym and wanted to get stuck into MMA. Keith has to show people how good he is, Keith doesn’t believe in himself as much as I believe in him.”

Bofando previously competed in the UFC before signing with Bellator. He is an exciting striker with great kickboxing ability. Keeping the fight on the feet is expected to be key for him. McCabe may be different from what Bofando prepared for considering his original opponent, Richard Kiely, would be known for his expert striking.

McCabe is a high-level BJJ player with some K1 experience, making him a major threat to Bofando. A win here would be huge for him.

“He’s a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, he’s taken plenty of K1 fights” he started, “If he believes in himself he can go a long way. Sometimes he’s too critical of himself, so I think this might be a great chance for him because he’s getting this call less than two weeks’ notice, so he doesn’t have a 3-month training camp where maybe he could start worrying about it.”.

McCabe’s coach, Andy Ryan believes that once McCabe gets his hands on Bofando, then the fight may not see the distance.

“Now he’s coming off a fight in Lithuania that was a great 3 rounder, so he has 3 rounds in the tank. I think this is a great fight for him, I think the guy (Galore Bofando) is very dangerous with his hands and feet but I think once Keith puts his hands on him, takes him down and controls him I can see Keith getting that win at end of the first or the second round. But he has to believe in himself, we believe in him.”

A win here would certainly line McCabe up for a spot on that Dublin card. You can watch Keith McCabe fight on the Bellator London prelims live on the Bellator app

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