The Shooto veteran and former M-1 Global Lightweight champion, Daniel “The Weasel” Weichel (34-8) notched another accolade to his collection last Friday night at Bellator 119.
Weichal defeated fellow lightweight and hard fighting Desmond Green (11-3) by way of rear naked choke at 2:07 of the second round and secured the season 10 featherweight tournament Bellator championship, a check for $100,000, and a future match-up with the winner of Curran v.s. Patricio Pitbull 2, which will be decided at Bellator 121.
Weichel was elated on his victory but gave most of his props to his training and camp.
“It’s a great feeling, my whole team and I have been working really hard to get to this point and earn me a title shot. I’ve been eating, sleeping, breathing, sweating and training this fight every single day of my preparations. I wanted to put pressure on him right from the start and not allow him to get his game going.” said Daniel.
The Weasel did just that, and his striking was on another level on Friday night, leaving Green baffled at times.
“I have the best instructors at MMA Spirit and Mohamed Ouali (former ATT and the Armory Striking head coach) has really helped me to develop some good striking. But I’m just getting started, I feel that I have a lot more potential and I will keep working hard to improve.”
After he sent Desmond to the canvas the first time in round two, Weichel had this to say, “It’s the best feeling to experience your game plan working out in the fight itself. I was prepared for anything and I was confident that I would connect sooner or later.”
Then Daniel’s fortunes continued as he was able to make Green kiss the canvas once more en route to his rear naked choke victory.
“Like I said before, we have been working on these movements a lot and I always try to go for the finish. I know I had him hurt and that it would probably be easier to get the submission at that point. The feeling itself was relieving, it was a moment that is hard to describe; you know that you’re where you want to be and you never want that feeling to end.”
After the career victory for “The Weasel” he plans on remaining true to himself.
“I’m not going to change anything as I’ve said in the post fight press conference. I am blessed to be able to do what I love to do and that’s to train and fight. It’s the best feeling ever to make a living out of fighting and currently there’s nothing specific I’ve planned on spending the money on yet.”