It's been a hectic week so far for Minnesota's Adam McDonough. The Bellator welterweight tournament finalist traveled to Temecula, Calif., early in the week and has spent the past few days completing countless media obligations, workouts and other Bellator duties, all while preparing for the biggest fight of his life.
Of course, the light-hearted McDonough hasn't forgotten to mix in a little fun with his friends (corners Brock Larson and Tony Martin), taking in a movie and finally settling in Wednesday for a little "Cupcake Wars."
But what's waiting for the Faribault native and Get Sum Athletic Compound standout at the end of the week is something that never is too far from McDonough's mind. It's the biggest fight of his career, and he's treating it as such.
McDonough is set to take on Andrey Koreshkov (16-1 overall, 7-1 in Bellator) for the welterweight tournament finals during the main event of Friday's Bellator 122 at Pechanga Resort & Casino. The main card, of course including McDonough's fight, will be seen live on Spike starting at 8 p.m. Friday.
The tournament champion receives a prize of $100,000 total (over the life of the tournament). But money has never been a motivator for McDonough when it comes to fighting. He's got a fantastic job, one that pays him well, so he doesn't need to fight. While the money he's scored from doing well in the Bellator tournament is great, McDonough simply loves to compete. That's why he's fighting.
McDonough will receive plenty of competition Friday, though.
Koreshkov is a feared striker, but that hasn't altered McDonough's game plan one bit. He intends to push the pace, and he said he will settle for nothing less than having his hand raised Friday night.
We tracked down McDonough (11-0, 3-0 Bellator) between workouts Wednesday to get his thoughts on Friday's huge showdown and what lies ahead for the Minnesota superstar.
First off, Cupcake Wars? Really?
MCDONOUGH: Yeah, the funny stuff we do, it's odd, but we just kind of found ourselves watching 'Cupcake Wars' today. Last night we went to 'Transformers.' Honestly, it's all part of the process. I still think about the fight. But the reality is I don't fight until Friday night. I have so many media obligations, but other than that