Davion Franklin is a heavyweight MMA prospect that many people are excited about. The Bellator big man has knockout power and a fun personality. It was enough to get WWE to start taking a look at him.
The problem with WWE was that Davion Franklin was not interested in joining the pro-wrestling promotion. They wanted him though but he ultimately didn't want people telling him when to win and when to lose. That's why he chose MMA.
“I didn't necessarily flirt with it, I grew up watching it,” Franklin told ClutchPoints. “But they recruited me. I didn't like go out… That's not something that I was seeking. I'm more interested in having a legendary MMA career. With pro wrestling, someone tells you when to win, when you have to win. And when you're going to lose like. I like to take it all into my own hands and go out and win every time I fight. I said I want to be undefeated my whole career. And I don't think not one heavyweight has done that ever. So I hope I pray to God and I hope that I can do it.”
Staying undefeated is very difficult in MMA and doing so as a heavyweight is even worse. The chances of getting knocked out are higher and there are many challenges stylistically. Davion Franklin is not letting that add extra pressure to his fights.
“Well, there's extra pressure every fight. I don't understand why I'm like this, but like, I don't know, high stress, high-pressure situations, I feel like I kind of thrive in it. I think pressure can either make you or break you and like I just, there's no greater feeling than overcoming the odds. There's no greater feeling than to triumph and just knowing that all the odds are stacked against me. That's the best feeling. I love pressure. I eat pressure. People think that Said Sowma is the guy who could beat me. People looked at me and Avery Cummings, even though he had a 15-0 record, some people were like ‘even though he has a 15-0 record, you still can get him.' But I think most people looked at us and was just like, ‘Oh, Davion got him.' You know what I mean? Yeah. So, you know, I haven't felt like this since my first fight. Ever.
Davion Franklin puts his undefeated MMA record on the line when he takes on Said Sowma at Bellator 274 on Saturday. The fight is a very exciting one between two very strong knockout artists.