I’m excited to get a first hand look at a guy I believe is a great prospect when I make my way to Mohegan Sun this Friday for Bellator 262.
Cody Law (3-0) has all the makings of an elite prospect.
He started his journey in wrestling, with 112 wins and a PIAA title in one of the most rugged state high school wrestling tournaments in the country.
He then went to Penn State and went 14-4 in open competition during his redshirt freshman season and finished with a 35-12 as a freshman on the roster.
He had trouble cracking the lineup on a team that had won the three previous NCAA team titles and decided to transfer to Pitt-Johnstown where he went on to become a Division II champion and two-time All-American.
However, his wrestling background alone doesn’t necessarily make him a great prospect in MMA.
He went 5-0 as an amateur, is 3-0 so far as a pro–all in Bellator–and trains with some of the best in the world at notable gym American Top Team.
Some of his main training partners at ATT include Danny Sabatello (11-1) and Pedro Munhoz (19-5).
He also does a lot of his work in Pittsburgh at a variety of gyms.
I watched a Youtube video from one of his sponsors, Axe and Sledge.
What this Behind the Fighter special does is look at a day in the life of Law, which starts with his training at The Mat Factory. At that gym, he trains with fellow undefeated Bellator prospect Dalton Rosta (5-0).
It follows him to Ameris Taekwondo where he works solely on his stand up game, which is critical for a wrestler of his caliber. His next stop is The Compound where he works on his strength and conditioning.
He also talks in the video about all the things he does after practice to keep a routine and make sure he is in the best shape, mental state and health to compete at the highest level.
If the wrestling background and work ethic don’t explain how good a prospect Law is, the oddsmakers might.
He has been a -900 favorite in his last two fights and was -375 in his debut.
If you watch Law in his most recent fight against Nathan Ghareeb (2-1), he doesn’t start out the gate like a lot of big time wrestlers. He is fully comfortable standing and uses his striking to set up his wrestling.
About a minute-and-a-half in, he uses kicks to grab a single leg and gets Ghareeb to the ground.
In the second round, they are on the feet for two minutes until Law ducks a kick and grounds Ghareeb with a double leg.
Again, Law provides huge top pressure and has Ghareeb gasping for air.
This three minutes of action reminds me of Gregor Gillespie on the ground with such heavy top pressure and big blows from the top.
For about two minutes, Ghareeb doesn’t really move. Law has pressure on him, pinned against the cage.
In the third round, you see great scrambling and the ability to escape from Law.
He gets a few takedowns and Ghareeb rolls for submissions, but once Law gets the back and the next time he ends up on top.
The big thing for Law this fight was showing he has the cardio of the elite wrestler he is where he can go a full 15 minutes.
I’m of the belief that you don’t want a prospect to just finish every fight in a minute. You want them to show they have the cardio to keep a great pace for the full length of the fight.
This is a guy with all the tools.
He has a great wrestling base, great training, great coaching and he is fighting in a huge promotion.
I’ll see it all when I’m in the building on Friday.