After spending time with other top team American fighters in All Elite Wrestling, Dalton Rosta is ready to step back into the Bellator MMA cage and continue his mixed martial arts career. Dalton Rosta (5-0 Bellator) should clash with Romero Cotton on the upcoming Bellator 273 card. A few days before the fight, Cotton retired from the fight for unknown reasons. The Californian newcomer had to find a new opponent for “Hercules”, who now faces short-term replacement Duane Johnson. While Rosta Bellator expressed much gratitude for keeping his fight on the card, he had some fiery words for Cotton.
“I wasn’t surprised, I had a feeling it was going to happen,” the 26-year-old Pennsylvania native told Sherdog. “I was hoping they could find me a replacement opponent and they did. That was the only thing that scared me a bit because so many people were buying tickets and stuff to get into my fight: plane tickets, event tickets, hotels, everything. Having to stop the fight entirely would have been very discouraging. I’m just glad they got me a new opponent.”
Rosta thinks he knows the reason why his proposed matchup with Cotton failed multiple times and has lost hope that this fight will ever happen.
“Personally, I think he’s scared. I don’t think he wants to fight, I think he’s trying to protect his record. We were to fight two more times, he retired both times and this was the third time. I just don’t think he wants to fight.
Rosta also spoke about his final days at camp, his professional wrestling experience, shared his pick for the Bellator 273 Main Event and more.
(01:02) Discussing his weight loss
(01:39) Comments on Cotton withdrawing from their fight
(03:00) Change of strategy in the middle of the camp
(03:42) His pro wrestling experience in AEW
(05:34) His pick for the main event between Ryan Bader and Valentin Moldavsky
Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and he now covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr. Tudor Leonte.
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