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Q&A: Bellator veteran Dean Hancock

by Brian Woodman Jr. on 09/12/18

We chatted with Danbury’s Dean Hancock (3-2) in May prior to his cancelled Reality Fighting catchweight bout with Anthony Giacchina (2-2) on May 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Hancock was coming off a second-round loss by arm triangle choke courtesy of fellow lightweight Marcus Surin (3-1) at Bellator 194. But Hancock, who has fought in five Bellator events as of this writing, expressed optimism regarding the future.

 Q: When did you start pursuing your MMMA career?

 A: I started to really pursue it with the goal of turning pro in 2013.

 Q: Did you start with general MMA training or a particular style? What styles have you trained in?

 A: I did karate as a kid from ages five through 15, wrestled from ages 12 through 18, and did random NAGA and boxing events growing up.

 Q: Where have you trained?

 A: I started karate at Tiger Schullmann’s, then when i decided to pursue MMA I started at ATT CT  (American Top Team Connecticut) and now I train at Glover Teixeira's training center and Champs Boxing Club.

 Q: Will you be fighting on more Bellator cards?

 A: I plan to fight for Bellator as long as they'll have me, I'm not looking past May 4th.

 Q: What are your future goals in the sport?

 A: My goal in the sport is to make a comfortable living doing what I love.

 Q: Do you have a career apart from MMA?

 A: I currently work in a group home for teenage boys that have been removed from their homes.

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