Interview: Get to know Akop Stepanyan ahead of his featherweight tournament bout at Bellator 88 *VIDEO*

akop-stepanyanTwenty-six-year-old Russian kickboxer Akop Stepanyan (12-4) returns to the Bellator cage Thursday against Marlon Sandro in the quarterfinal round of the Season 8 featherweight tournament.

ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) reporter Daniel Theodore recently sat down with Stepanyan to talk about his background and accomplishments in martial arts and why becoming the best he can in MMA is his ultimate goal.

Stepanyan also shared his thoughts on the match-up with Marlon Sandro (23-4) and how he feels about facing such a well-known and accomplished veteran.

Tune into Spike TV 10 p.m. ET on Feb. 7th to watch Stepanyan vs. Sandro at Bellator 88. Be sure to check out more exclusive ProMMAnow.com interviews including our interview with Bellator 88 headliner Alexander Shlemenko who is facing Maiquel Falcao for the Bellator middleweight title.