Kiefer Crosbie's favourite week: Bellator win and birth of his son

"I ended up making the weight. But it was crazy. I didn't get any sleep that week"

Friday 19 June 2020 13:57, UK

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Kiefer Crosbie reflects on the biggest moment of his MMA career to date, his big win over Iamik Furtado at Bellator Dublin back in February

Bellator star Kiefer Crosbie discusses a frantic week last February, which included the birth of his son and a win in the cage.

The 8-1 Dubliner is quickly moving through the ranks in the promotion, and his split-decision victory over Iamik Furtado four months ago capped off a perfect week.

"One of the biggest moments in my career was the birth of my son on fight week, and only three days later fighting and winning a big fight in a sold-out 3Arena," he said.

"My girlfriend was due the week before fight week, and I thought 'perfect'. He didn't come that week, of course. So time was ticking. She hasn't shown any signs of having the baby. My manager rang me saying, 'Maybe you shouldn't take this one. Maybe your head's not in it.'

"Everyone really doesn't want me to fight on this card!"

But for 'Big Daddy', the show had to go on.

"I was training in the labour ward! My girlfriend was on a bed, about to have a baby. And I'm there doing rounds of shadowboxing and stretching, doing some yoga to keep loose," he explained.

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Image: Crosbie was a home-town favourite on the Dublin card

"Luckily, the baby came on Tuesday. I went training later that night, I ended up making the weight. But it was crazy. I didn't get any sleep that week.

"It all just went perfectly. He came, he was perfect, he was healthy, she was healthy."

And although he didn't get the stoppage he wanted, it nonetheless goes down as another win on his record.

"As far as I'm concerned, I am one of the biggest names in this sport, and definitely the biggest if not one of the biggest in this country."

Watch the full interview in the video at the top of this article.