“It feels good,” Mein told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “I am delighted to launch this new chapter here.”
Mein has had its ups and downs during his five-year, nine-fight career in the UFC, where he went 5-4. After his July 2018 victory over Alex Morono, Mein entered free agency. Soon after, he signed with Bellator.
“Basically I got recruited, really,” Mein said. “It was a good opportunity for me and I really took it. I ended up having a few knee surgeries. I blew my knee several times. It took a while – then the process of doing it all. It just took a long time. This is kind of what happened. I tried to get in but it was just the right time.
What made Mein choose Bellator over the UFC? After consulting with his father, his coach and his manager, Lee Mein, he felt that he had come to the conclusion that the advantage was greater with Bellator.
“It was more of an opportunity,” Mein said. “My old man was talking to them and everything worked out. We just made this decision.
Mein makes his promotional debut against Jason Jackson in the Bellator 242 co-main event. The event takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena with the main card set to air on Paramount and air on DAZN following preliminaries on MMA Junkie. The fight between Mein and Jackson was initially targeted for May, but has been delayed due to the Bellator coronavirus-induced hiatus.
“We were supposed to fight in May and obviously it all started,” Mein said. “I’ve been watching him for a little while – and I’m watching his training videos with his trainer there. He’s a tough opponent. I watched some of his fights at Bellator – and the LFA fights. I haven’t seen his fight against the Contender Series but he’s a solid opponent. It will be a good challenge. ”
The Bellator welterweight title gold medal comes into consideration when it comes to goals in his new home, but Mein said he hopes to put on some entertaining fights along the way.
“I want to organize exciting fights,” Mein said. “It’s easier said than done. We’ll see what happens on Friday here. I will try to make that happen. To lead some exciting fights and really leave after every fight and be satisfied with myself and that I went there and did my best.