Decky Dalton: ‘Last two defeats a blessing in disguise’
The best is yet to come. That was the message Decky Dalton (6-2) issued at last week’s BAMMA/Bellator press conference at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
The MMA combatant hasn’t stopped training since the defeat to Peter Queally in October at Cage Legacy.
He admitted to Fightstore Media of being “unfit to say the least” for the aforementioned bout.
Now things have changed.
BAMMA has signed Dalton on a five-fight contract. He fights experienced American Jonathon Brookins (15-10) on a BAMMA/Bellator co-promotion February 24th in Belfast.
Dalton has implemented yoga into his training and he stressed that “everything has been coming together nicely” at Full Power Gym in Drogheda.
2016 was a disappointing year for Dalton. Despite beating Mike Cutting at BAMMA 24, he went on to lose to Gary Morris (TKO) and Peter Queally (decision).
“I’m really happy to have a couple of defeats on my record which is a funny way to put things,” laughed Dalton.
But it was no joke. He strongly believes that losing has made him a better and more dangerous fighter.
He said: “I learned a lot more from them two losses than my entire career. People think a loss is a bad thing but for me it’s been a blessing in disguise.
“It’s made me realise what I need to do with my body, my training, my surroundings. If you’re not learning from your mistakes you’re doing something wrong.”
Dalton added that if any future opponent is taking comfort from his two consecutive defeats then they are in for a “big surprise.”
In his last fight with Queally it was evident that the SBG man forced the contest to the ground to avoid a striking match-up with Dalton.
Is that a tactic Dalton fears future opponents will employ? His response was candid.
“I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu for 12 years I’ve just never brought it into the ring because of my mentality. I wanted to fight but now I realise I’m going to have to sharpen them skills up if I ever want to use them.
“Once they feel the first couple of punches, that’s when their game plan changes, maybe they come in thinking they will give a wee bit but then it all changes.”
Fightstore Media ended the interview with one final question. Have we yet seen the best Decky Dalton?
He said: “It’s yet to come. It’s on the way. Everything is falling into place. In the past year I’ve had problems with funds and other things that were playing on me in the background.
“Now everything is cleared up. I have the resources for what I need to get done. The best Decky is on the way. One of the best fighters in the world. I just have to prove it. I want to prove what level I’m on.”