Bellator’s middleweight John Salter (16-4) doesn’t look past Costello Van Steenis (12-1), as they will face each at the main event of Bellator 233, the 34-year-old veteran feels better than ever before.
“This was probably one of my better camps. I had the perfect team around me,” Salter said, “and I think this is the best that I’ve felt in a fight week.”
Salter did the majority his training for this fight camp at Gym-O under Jeff Jimmo in Gastonia. Jimmo brought the best out of Salter’s technique, he started peaking at the end of camp, and the cardio was right, he added.
The middleweight veteran hasn’t fought since last November, when he defeated Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 210 via rear naked choke. Salter has five submission wins, the most in Bellator’s middleweight division history.
“I had trouble finding a fight that worked out. I would like to stay busier than this,” Salter said, “to fight a couple of teams throughout the year.”
Salter and Van Steenis have similar styles in their wrestling and grappling. The North Carolina resident has won the 2007 NAIA National Championship at Lindenwood University.
The former All-American wrestler emphasized on utilizing his wrestling against the Van Steenis’ kickboxing.
“I’m going to be the better, more rounded wrestler. He takes people down a lot. He has a pretty good shot,” Salter said. “but there’s a difference between being able to shoot well and being able to finish takedowns. That’s where I’m going to take advantage.”