Make no mistake about it, Shane Del Rosario was excited about his last fight, a first-round submission victory over the respected Lavar Johnson in last Saturday's Strikeforce card in East Rutherford, N.J.
But as Del Rosario sat back in a chair this week at his training facility, Team Oyama MMA and Fitness in Irvine, the up-and-coming heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter seemed just as thrilled about his shorts.
Those shorts, adorned with the colorful logos of his sponsors like Power Balance, Extreme Endurance, Innovative Results and others, were "misplaced" at the IZOD Center in New Jersey. Somebody found them and sent them to Del Rosario for him to wear again.
Things are certainly looking good for Del Rosario these days, as his armbar submission win over Johnson improved his professional MMA record to 11-0. It positioned him as the first alternate in Strikeforce's current Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, which included the MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko before Emelianenko lost his quarterfinal-round fight.