Former Ohio University wrestler Tywan Claxton is coming off of another impressive performance in the Bellator cage.
Earlier this month at Bellator 194 Claxton defeated Jose Antonio Perez. The fight was stopped at 3:39 of the 2nd round. Claxton dominated the fight; he took down Perez in the early minutes of each round and suffocated Perez with textbook ground and pound.
Claxton was ultimately happy with the victory but wishes he could have ended it earlier, “I’m still disappointed I didn’t get the finish in the way that I wanted to.” Claxton told seatatthet.com “I kind of wrapped my mind around the whole fact that I won and I won by stoppage. So you know it wasn’t a bad performance, I just didn’t do what I wanted to do”
Claxton is now 2-0 since making the move to professional MMA. His first victory was an ultra-violent knockout of Jonathan Bonilla Bowman at Bellator 186.
Claxton still has 4 fights left on his Bellator contract and if it were up to him he would fight all 4 of those fights within the 2018 calendar year.
As for when we can expect Claxton to be fighting again he said that nothing is official but he’s hoping to fight again in May, presumably at Bellator 199 in San Jose, California on May 12th which is headlined by a Heavyweight Grand Prix First round matchup between Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.
It is also possible that Claxton could fight at Bellator 200 in Wembley in London on May 25th. It would be interesting if Claxton ended up on this show. It is a major anniversary for the company and it will likely be marketed as one of their biggest shows of the year.
We know Bellator sees a lot of potential in Claxton. Earlier this month he was the first fighter with 0 or 1 professional fights to be booked on a main card since October 2017 at Bellator 185.
When asked if he had any particular individual in mind for his next fight Claxton said “I don’t really know who I want it to be against. I got different people calling me out, I’ve replied to every single call out that I’ve gotten so far. Whoever they put in there against me I’m going to finish again. Whether it’s standing up or on the ground. The worlds gotta see that hey if I take you down I can beat you up and if we’re standing I can beat you up. So whoever they give me I’m just going to beat up and finish. It’s going to be in the first or second, because I’m not going to a 3rd round.”
Despite a loud start to his Bellator career Claxton hasn’t forgotten about his time in Athens “I loved Stephen’s Bar. That was my favorite bar by far. One of my best friends Keith Johnson worked there. He was a great guy, he recently passed away. He wrestled with us at OU so any time I think of OU I think of Stephen’s and I think of Keith Johnson man. That place will always be special because of Keith.”