ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Adam Borics needed help to get into his post-fight news conference and feared he may have broken his foot. But he didn’t seem worried about what that might do to his featherweight title prospects.

“It’s horrible,” Borics said after limping to a chair at Bellator 276. “I thought if I could kick one more or two more calf kicks, he’s done – but I couldn’t kick. I think I broke my foot. He’s a tough dude, man.”

Borics (18-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) outworked Mads Burnell (16-4 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) in the main event at Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., this past Saturday. The fight was a top contenders bout to determine a presumptive next challenger for the belt at 145 pounds.

Champion A.J. McKee defends his title for the first time in a rematch with former champ Patricio Freire next month. A win by McKee likely would make Borics his next opponent – though a win by Freire could set up a trilogy matchup and keep Borics waiting in the wings.

But if he is next up, he said he isn’t too worried about the potential his foot is broken based on the likely timeline.

“Second part of the year, I’m ready,” Borics told MMA Junkie. “They’re fighting in April, and after that, they need the rest – like two, three months, also. So I will be ready.”

Borics said his biggest takeaway from the back-and-forth win over Burnell was that he went 25 minutes for the first time in his career.

“It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it,” he said. “It makes me confident after five rounds. I wan’t tired, and it was a high pace. A lot of people were talking about I can’t go a high pace, and I think I showed everyone I’m ready for the title. I can do five rounds easy, so let’s go.”

Check out the full post-fight interview with Borics in the video above.


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