Unbeaten heavyweight Steve Mowry has a reputation for dispatching opposition rapidly, but he promises to display his finest polished performance at Bellator 290.
Mowry (11-0 MMA) lost his recent match at Bellator 284 in August of last year after Valentin Moldavsky accidentally poked his eye. The tragic situation resulted in the fight being ruled a no contest, but Mowry's perfect professional record was preserved.
When he faces Ali Isaev in a matchup of unbeaten heavyweights in February, the No. 5 heavyweight contender is keen to get back to winning. To offer Isaev a frosty reception to Bellator's heavyweight division on a night when their divisional championship is at stake in the main event, Mowry will attempt to use his lethal hitting and effective submission techniques to clinch another swift victory.
Ali Isaev, another undefeated heavyweight with a powerful grappling game, will be Mowry's challenger when he makes his comeback to the ring at Bellator 290. Isaev (9-0 MMA) will need to learn how to handle Mowry's 6ft-8in height, though.
“Obviously, a very skilled wrestler,” Mowry told MMA Junkie radio. “He comes from a really high wrestling pedigree. Obviously, he’s a gamer, he shows up. He’s beaten a lot of guys that not only had the experience advantage on him but also, and I would hate to say it, but probably the skill advantage. They were more well-rounded in their game, but he shows up and gets it done.”
Due to his participation in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Ali Isaev is no rookie to the most prominent spotlights in combat sports. Isaev, an ex-PFL titleholder, hopes to make a fantastic debut image on the Bellator audience and the heavyweight champ by bringing his perfect record to Bellator 290. The highly regarded wrestler hasn't participated in the competition since 2019, but a victory against a competitor like Mowry is as good an opportunity as possible to start the process of moving up the division ranking. The #5 ranked candidate Mowry will be the 39-year-opponent old's when he makes his promotional debut on February 4 in Inglewood. He will try to show that he belongs among the greatest.
Every athlete Mowry has faced has been beaten, five of whom were defeated in the opening round via TKO or submission. When he locks himself along with Isaev, Mowry anticipates claiming a victory under the distance once again because he has promised a side of himself that we haven't yet seen.
“February 4, 2023, you are going to see the nastiest, meanest, most violent, most complete Steve Mowry that’s ever been in the cage.”