The last time Minnesota's Raphael Butler stepped in the Bellator cage, he turned in a disappointing performance, fighting to a draw with journeyman Nick Rossborough.
But the lackluster effort didn't derail Butler. It only motivated. And Friday night during Bellator 125, he will get his chance at redemption.
Butler will face his toughest opponent yet, putting his 8-0-1 record on the line against Javy Ayala at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, Calif.
Ayala is a highly regarded prospect with a perfect 5-0 record. He's 2-0 in Bellator, including a win over former title contender Eric Prindle.
Butler's fight against Ayala will be broadcast live on Spike TV on Friday night. Butler's fight is currently scheduled to be the first fight on live TV for Bellator 125. The televised portion of the card is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.
Butler is currently 3-0-1 in Bellator, but there's no denying this is his stiffest test to date.
The Rochester Post-Bulletin (me) caught up with Butler's manager, Jeremy Bjornberg, this week to talk about the big fight.
Here's a link to the Butler story from today's newspaper.
And don't forget to watch Friday night when Butler looks to remain unbeaten in Bellator!