Anthony Romero one of the best Lightweight Prospects in the United States. Every hardcore MMA fan knows who this guy is. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series, Won his fight but sadly didn’t get the UFC contract.
Romero won his last fight at LFA 96 but no UFC contract. Hopefully with a first round finish Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard offers a UFC contract. Maybe Bellator comes around.
Headlining Fury FC 47 against Anderson Hutchinson.
24 years old
Ohio Combat League Lightweight Champion
UAE Warriors 20
Martun Mezhlumyan Armenia Lightweight prospect with a 11-2 record, Won the Eagles Fighting Championship Lightweight Title. Back and Forth High Level Paced fight against one of the best Eastern Europe MMA Fighters Valeriu Mircea.
28 years old
8 first round finishes
Fought for UAE Warriors, ACB, M-1 Global
Amiran Gogoladze 11-1 record at 23 years old, #1 Georgian Welterweight Prospect. Making his UAE Warriors debut as he came into this fight with several first round finishes. Nickname is the sniper for a reason.
Amiran opponent is Handesson Ferreira, Former PFL Wleterweight. If Amiran wants to catch the eye of the UFC or Bellator defeating a former PFL Fighter will help get a contract.
Fight of the Night WAR will be happening with Dan Ige vs Korean Zombie. Dan Ige looking to become a top ten Featherweight in 2021. Fighters like Aleksa Camur and Casey O’Neill looking to become top ten fighters in the next following years.
Stipe Miocic protégé Aleksa Camur making his third appearance after losing to William Knight at UFC 253. Stipe Miocic kept calling Dana White while watching Camur on the Dana White Contender Series. Knocking out his opponent with a flying knee.
Camur 1-1 with the UFC but looking to a hot start to 2021 with a win against Nick Negumereanu.
“Obviously, I love a quick finish. A quick finish is awesome. A decision, you know, it is what it is. But, a three-round war or a five-round war, whether it’s like the main event or an undercard fight, I’d love that. I’d have fun doing that.”
I train with Stipe as much as I can. He’s a huge help for my career. He hits hard, so I know going into fights that these guys aren’t going to hit as hard as he does. He guides me inside and outside of the octagon – not only Stipe, but the whole team at Strong Style.”
Quick finish can lead to better fights for the prospect out of Strong Style Fight Team. Becoming one of the rising prospects for the UFC Light Heavyweight Division.
Gradually becoming one of my favorite prospects to watch. Before signing with UFC was one of the best Women’s Flyweight prospects in the world. Training at Xtreme Couture with Dan Ige, Coached by one of the best MMA coaches Eddie Barraco.
“I feel like the community of people at Xtreme Couture and 10th Planet is small, but they’re super close to each other,” O’Neill said. “Everybody is willing to help you out and give you time and give you their body to be a partner. Eddie (Barraco) has all the time in the world for me to hold pads and everything, so it’s a very friendly environment, and they make you feel at home straight away. Being an outsider, you don’t always get that, but I felt it straight away here.”
Casey O’Neil can really make a mark in the Flyweight Division as she carves her opponents with technical Muay Thai. Right now one of the most talented flyweights.
“I look at my division and I see myself as one of the top five in the division, and with experience and time I’m going to prove that to everybody else. Obviously I’m super young and I have a lot of time to grow, but I’m definitely one of the most talented people in the flyweight division, in my opinion.
It’s official Pico becoming a future Bellator Featherweight Champion, Aaron Pico looks like a world beater ever since switching camps to JacksonWink. Pico on a four fight winning streak DOMINATING his opponents with finishes.
Pico defeating tough fighters like Daniel Carey, Solo Hatley, Aiden Lee but now it’s time to defeat top ten opponents.
Begin his rise to the Bellator Featherweight Title in 2021.
” I feel like I’m one of the best fighters in Bellator it sounds so cliche but everybody wants to call people out but the fact of the matter is that you never know what goes behind closed doors, I don’t know what goes that’s why I have a manager.” Aaron Pico
“These guys, Henry Corrales, Zack Freeman, Adam Borics, they fought me when I knew nothing about the game,” Pico told reporters at the Bellator 260 post-fight news conference. “I mean, I laugh at the stuff I used to think about before a fight.
Aaron Pico vs Adam Borics 2 two of the best and brightest Bellator featherweights. Aaron Pico lost to Adam Borics back at Bellator 222. Getting cracked with a jumping knee knockout but ANYONE will get knocked out after that shot.
Pico before the knockout was doing pretty well.
” I wanna start making my revenge tour for sure, I’m not a good loser, I don’t like losing. I grabbed my nuts and fought those guys when I knew nothing I fought Henry Corrales when I only had what six fights I fought Adam Borics only had like seven fights these guys had way more experience.”
Fighting Adam Borics might expect a different result. Aaron Pico is a different person mentally and physically.
Mads Burnell former UFC fighter 2-0 with Bellator after defeating Saul Rogers. Mads Burnell is a pretty good fighter, Talented grappler. Top ten Bellator Featherweight.
Defeating a former UFC fighter, Former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion would be a feather in it’s cap. Showing how much Aaron Pico improved in two years defeating Mads Burnell.
Aaron Pico vs Mads Burnell would be a fun fight to watch.
Former Bellator Featherweight Title Challenger. One of the best Featherweights in the world. Had the best fight against Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 209. #2 ranked Bellator Featherweight.
20-5 record is training partners with Anthony Pettis, Tyron Woodley, Sergio Pettis, Paul Felder.
Passing down the torch moment as the rising Bellator superstar faces the Bellator veteran. Former Bellator Featherweight Title Challenger. Defeating a guy like Emmanuel Sanchez EASILY lead to a title shot next.
Rizin Fighting Federation returning June 13th with some of there biggest superstars from Tenshin Nasukawa, Kai Asakura to there rising stars from Tofiq Musaev, Naoki Inoue and lastly prospects like Vugar Karamov.
Entertaining MMA card to watch, Any fighter out there who wants to build there name in a whole other country Rizin is perfect for you.
Rizin becoming a feeder league for UFC with Jiri Prochazaka and Manel Kape signing with UFC. Plenty more where that came from to sign with UFC or Bellator.
What are the fighters to watch?
Tofiq Musayev won the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix by displaying a impressive performance in the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix final against Patricky Friere. Brother of Patricio Pitbull. Win over Patricky showed Musayev is one of the best Lightweights in the world doesn’t matter he fights for Rizin.
Musayev 18-3 record at 31 years old, Riding high on a 14 fight winning streak. Defeating talented fighters in his Rizin career from Johnny Case, Daron Cruickshank and Damien Brown.
Huge fan of Musayev he’s a world class, Top Lightweight and now fighting for the first ever Rizin Lightweight title against Roberto De Souza 11-1 Brazilian Lightweight BJJ Black Belt competing in the biggest tournaments all over the world.
Naoki Inoue Rizin Rising Star
Ranked #1 Bantamweight on tapology.com out of Japan. Inoue 15-1 record only 23 years old. Formerly fought for UFC but maybe a bit too early as not every fighter at a young age can handle fighting for the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Dealing with the mental pressure fighting for the UFC.
Currently training at Longo & Weidman MMA with Ulka Sasaki & Dennis Buzukja.
Seeing success right now, Three fight winning streak with Rizin. Competing in the 2021 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix Tournament. Looking to build his name in winning the Grand Prix which is a huge deal to hardcore fans going through a 16 man tournament and being the last man standing.
Everyone loved the Pride tournaments in the 2000’s and glad to see Rizin continue that tradition.
Naoki Inoue first round opponent is Shinataro Ishiwatari 26-8-4 record. Looking forward to Inoue fight as Rizin continues to build Inoue as a rising RIZIN star.
“The motivation is totally different, how I approach this fight mentally is totally different. I want tough competition and if that gets people excited then it kills two birds with one stone.”
Vugar Karamov jumped on my radar while watching Rizin fights on YouTube. Watched Vugar dominate Kyle Aguon in every aspect of the fight. Beautiful sambo fighting style. Hear the pop in his hands. The technical powerful takedowns.
Currently top ten Eastern Europe Featherweight at 29 years old is challenging Yutaka Saito for the Rizin Featherweight Title.
Vugar winning the Rizin Featherweight Title against a Rizin Champion, Former Shooto Lightweight Champion WILL BE A BIG DEAL for Vugar to build his name.
Sign with a Major Promotion from UFC, Bellator or One Championship.
UFC 263 Headliner is Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori for the UFC Middleweight Title. Co-Main Event is Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno UFC Flyweight Title.
UFC 263 Sleeper fight is Hakeem Dawodu vs Mosvar Evolev two Featherweights looking to pursue the UFC Featherweight top ten in 2021. Future Featherweight title contenders.
Hakeem Dawodu before signing with UFC fought for World Series of Fighting, Successful UFC signing as Hakeem is now 5-1. Entering this UFC 263 fight on a five fight winning streak. One of the most underrated UFC winning streaks right now.
Dawodu from underrated to rising star in 2021 with a significant standout win against the tough talented Mosvar Evolev the former M1-Bantamweight Champion.
“I think he’s gonna come and try and strike for a little bit until he feels uncomfortable, and then he’s gonna start shooting for the stars,” Dawodu said. “And then I see myself stuffing his takedown or him falling into a submission and then me doing what I usually do, just making it a ‘Mean Hakeem’ fight and laying a beating on him and making him quit.”
Hakeem has the advantage in the athletic department leading to a win, Knocking out Evolev with a quick combination because of his speed.
“No doubt, once I win this fight, it’s top-10 status,” Dawodu said. “You can’t deny me. I think you’ve gotta put me in the contender (category). You’ve gotta put me in the video game. That’s how I see this playing out.”
Mosvar Evloev former M1-Bantamweight Champion remains undefeated in the UFC with a record of 14-0. One of the hottest UFC prospects to date at 27 years old. Wins over Nik Lentz, Mike Grundy, Enrique Barzola. Now looking for his biggest win against Hakeem Dawodu.
High level wrestler and techincal boxer. Born and raised in Russia. Trains at Tiger Muay Thai with the killers from Valentina Shevchenko, Petr Yan to name a few.
” I think I can fight someone top five top ten it’s good step for me and I will take this chance
“I’m ready to defeat everyone in my division I will be champion.”
Believes Dawodu isn’t ready for his wrestling skills, Having the advantage in the wrestling department. Ready to show the world he’s a future Featherweight Champion with a dominant performance against the talented Hakeem Dawodu.
Bellator 260 headliner is Lima vs Amosov, Welterweight showdown but Bellator 260 FULL CARD is a entertaining card to watch from Main card to the beginning prelims. Excited for today’s Bellator fights.
Ty-wan Claxton vs Justin Gonzales
Ty-Wan Claxton vs Justin Gonzales is my sleeper fight for Bellator 260. Two high level Featherweights fighting on the prelims!!
Claxton 6-2 record all fights under the Bellator promotion, Claxton trains at the Colorado Gym powerhouse Elevation Fight Team with Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Cory Sandhagen to name a few killers.
Last loss was against Jay-Jay Wilson losing by split decision. Claxton a tough fighter 9th ranked Bellator Featherweight.
“There’s also a difference in the competition. Training with hard people is one thing, and then being across the cage from another guy like [Emmanuel Sanchez, or [Jay Jay] Wilson is a different animal. Being across the cage from a guy that’s like me or one of those guys will let you know real fast that you always have room to grow. So I’m looking forward to welcoming the best 145-pounder in the world come Friday night.”
“I’m going out there looking to be the best version of myself looking to add another one to my highlight reel.”
Claxton since the Emmanuel Sanchez loss struggling mentally and every fighter needs that mental strength to win. Claxton found himself, Changing his coaches but staying with Elevation Fight Team.
“I’m the best I feel, I feel like I’m the best version of myself you know I feel like I’m the best I’ve ever been.”
Claxton training with killers, “Iron sharpens Iron.” Making Claxton even better fighter. Mixing up the old with the new skills he learned since July 2020.
Justin Gonzales fought on the Dana White Contender Series, Obviously didn’t get the UFC contract. Gonzales to every hardcore fan is one of the best Featherweight prospects in the United States.
Justin Gonzales won the vacant LFA Featherweight Title against Jake Childers. Former Sparta Combat League Featherweight Champion. Bellator signed a big time MMA prospects.
“… You know, I’m coming to prove a point. So no disrespect to Tywan. I know he’s very tough. I’ve got much love for the guy. I don’t really know him personally, so I can’t comment on his personal life. But in that cage, man, I know I’m coming to kill, so I plan on getting the stoppage and making a statement, jumping in those rankings, and then run with it. It’s ‘The J-Train Show’ now, baby.”
Aaron Pico was the hottest MMA prospect, First ever “Blue Chip” prospect. Lebron James of MMA. Started to be considered a bust losing to Corrales & Borics.
Simply put, Aaron has all the makings of MMA’s next great superstar, and to have him here at Bellator MMA is something special. Like many of us in the MMA community, Aaron is someone we’ve been watching closely over the last few years, and after sitting down with Bob Cook and his team, getting a chance to meet Aaron, and hearing his long-term aspirations, the fit became very obvious.”
Pico no longer considered a bust as Bellator has there superstar, Three fight winning streak. Next version of George St Pierre.
Pico next fight is against the tough Aiden Lee 9-4 Former Cage Warriors Tournament Featherweight Champion.
Change to JacksonWink Changed Everything
Aaron Pico formerly trained at Team Bodyshop MMA with AJ McKee & Joey Davis. Needed a change of scenery as he started to lose and get knocked out.
Matchmade in heaven moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico and started to train at JacksonWink. One of the best MMA gyms in the world from Jon Jones, BJ Penn, Holly Holm, Tim Kennedy, Carlos Condit to name a few.
“I feel really good being out in Albuquerque. I really, really enjoy it,” Pico said. “I love Greg Jackson, ‘Six-Gun’, Coach Wink, they’ve done a really good job of breaking things down for me.
Pico started to win by defeating Daniel Carey, Solo Hatley Jr and John De Jesus. Dominant his opponents masterfully defeating John De Jesus showing how talented Aaron Pico. Really looking like George St Pierre with his Shoot Boxing fighting style.
Every great fighter needs a great coach, Goes hand and hand. GSP has Firas Zahabi, Anderson Silva has Rafael Cordeiro and Mighty Mouse has Matt Hume. Now Aaron Pico has Greg Jackson.
“That’s why I have my manager, that’s why I have my coaches,” Pico said. “I really trust my team. I can honestly say Ali is one of the best managers in the world, really cares about his fighters and I have nothing but good things to say about him.”
“With everything that happened the way it did, it led to here and it’s the best thing that could have happened to me,” said Pico, whose struggles led him to moving to Albuquerque and training full-time at Jackson Wink MMA. “I know I always say that, but I like to always remind myself that so many blessings came out of everything that happened and I’m at a good place mentally.”
Aaron Pico first fight of 2021 is against the former Cage Warriors fighter Aiden Lee, Pico definitely the favorite in this fight but Lee is a tough British fighter who fought Saul Rogers, Ludovit Klein, Donovan Desmae.
“I’m a good fighter, I’m a really good fighter and I believe in myself. I believe I can beat anybody in the world. I truly believe that.
“I’m really growing mentally and I’m around the game I’m even doing this, and you know the press and media, It’s all part of the job in the beginning kind of scared a little bit”
Aaron Pico even though he’s a skillful, Athletic MMA prodigy anyone can lose from a lucky knockout, Messing up in the fight. Getting too aggressive but Pico looks to dominate Lee start finish.
“Anywhere this fight goes, I can beat him, whether it be grappling, the ground and pound or on the feet,” Pico said. “I think he’s very susceptible to the overhand right, the hooks to the body. He’s very panicky when his back’s against the fence and when guys are crowding him, he doesn’t know what to do. So I feel like if I take the fight anywhere, it’s gonna be good.”
Bellator 260 headliner, Douglas Lima and Yaroslav Amosov is a FIGHT I’ve been waiting for since Yaroslav Amosov jumped on the scene when he defeated Ed Ruth, That’s when I started taking notice of him. Douglas Lima since 2015 become one of the best Welterweights in the world.
Douglas Lima Bellator Welterweight Champ
Douglas Lima Bellator Welterweight Champion defeated a long list of Successful fighters from Rory MacDonald, Paul Daley, Lorenz Larkin, Michael Venom Page. Currently in the prime of his career at 33 years old, Win over the 25-0 Amosov will add another win to his legacy.
“He’s definitely got a different style than a bunch of other wrestlers. But, he’s good. It’s just different styles. That’s what I said. But he’s definitely tough. But like I said, I’ve been there with every type of (wrestlers) out there like straight wrestlers, wrestler-strikers.”
“Look at the guy’s record. You can tell you’ve got to take the guy seriously,” observed Lima. “I’m a champion, I’ll fight anybody they give me. I know, he’s fought some dangerous guys. He’s a dangerous opponent, he’s been beating everybody they’ve been giving him. He’s game, he’s ready for this.”
“Even though a lot of people don’t know about him, I do,” Lima continued. “I’ve watched his fights, I’ve watched him come up in Bellator. I know how serious of an opponent he is, coming up in a great camp in American Top Team.” That’s the same team, of course, that Lima himself trains under, albeit at a different location.
Lima definitely fighting one of his toughest fighters to date, Unheard of fighter from Ukraine that only HARCORE MMA fans know.
Next version of Khabib, 25-0 Bellator Welterweight. Yaroslav Amosov long awaited title shot after running through the Bellator Welterweight Division. Defeating Gerald Harris, Erick Silva, David Rickels, Ed Ruth, Mark Lemminger and Logan Storley.
Amosov is one of my favorite fighters to watch right now, Appreciate his pressure fighting style. Sambo fighting style that leads to his dominant wins.
I love his grappling and the way he fights like George St Pierre from striking to takedowns. Called Shoot Boxing.
“I feel good because I have a good camp, good training, Big Motivation because it’s a title shot I think it’s a big motivation, My cut very good and I’m ready and I wait this time.”
“Many people believe Douglas Lima is in the conversation as one of the best welterweights in the world, Like top five on the planet, At worst top ten if you’re able to defeat him and become the champion where does that put you on the list. “
Lima vs Amosov Tale of the Tape
Douglas Lima vs Yaroslav Amosov Bellator Welterweight Title Fight is one of the best fights this weekend no matter UFC, Boxing, Professional Fighters League.
I’m so excited for this fight, Amosov finally gets his title shot. Possibly defeating one of the best Welterweights in the world or Douglas Lima ruins the perfect record of 25-0.
Awesome storyline behind this fight, Hope Bellator 260 gets millions of views. Best ratings possible because these two fighters deserve it.
Professional Fighters League coming off to a fun start with Shocking losses from Anthony Pettis getting beat down by Clay Collard, Former Brave Combat Federation Featherweight champion Bubba Jenkins defeating Lance Palmer. Rory MacDonald looking like the old Rory MacDonald from his war with Robbie Lawler.
4th PFL event of 2021 headliner is Claressa Shields best women’s boxer of all time making her debut!! Whole card is fun fights with Bubba Jenkins vs Bobby Moffett, Brendan Loughnane vs Tyler Diamond.
Brendan Loughnane vs Tyler Diamond
Brendan Loughnane easily one of the most underrated Featherweights in the world, Surprised Dana White didn’t sign Brendan back on the Dana White Contender Series now he’s making a career with PFL.
“I’m going to come out exactly how i did against Moraes,,,fast, sharp, accurate, stinging shots and hell get desperate for the takedown and that’ll be all she wrote.” Brendan Loughnane
Expect a bomb knockout from Loughnane, The talented British Lightweight looking to defeat the former Ultimate Fighter contestant. #1 pick for Daniel Cormier back at Ultimate Fighter 27.
Tyler Diamond TEAM ALPHA MALE prospect, 30 years old in the prime of his career. Former college wrestler at North Dakota State University. Translated his college wrestling success into MMA. 12-1 record, Defeated Sung Bin Jo in his PFL debut. Sung Bin Jo coming from a lot of hype from South Korea.
“I’m a very good wrestler, I feel confident in my wrestling, but shoot, I might just go out there and throw bombs the whole time with his guy, I don’t even know. I’m just gonna be free-flowing in there, and I’m just gonna fight my fight intelligently.”
Baeza defeats Ponzinibbio that will make Baeza a rising star and a potential UFC Welterweight Contender. UFC and DANA WHITE seems to love Baeza. FIRST PUERTO RICAN MMA SUPERSTAR.
“The kid’s a stud man. 10-0. Puerto Rican. When New York opens up again, get him fighting in New York. I’ve been talking about Puerto Rico too. We’ve talked about going to Puerto Rico a long time ago. I talked about building a Performance Institute in Puerto Rico. He could be the guy. He could be our Puerto Rican star,” White added.
The stud trains with COLBY COVINGTON at MMA Masters.
“Colby Covington, he’s a good guy,” Baeza said. “I know that everybody’s gonna get on him with all the stuff he’s saying. He’s a different person in the gym. He’s only pushed us to get better.”
Terrance McKinney 9-3 Lightweight prospect, Former contestant on the Dana White Contender Series. Lost his fight on the Dana White Contender Series but a win against the Puerto Rican Lightweight prospect will lead to a second opportunity.
Askar Askar one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the United States. Askar 11-1 record at 26 years old, Defeating Kevin Wirth, Alberto Martinez Jr in his MMA career. Signed with UFC but because of medical issues never fought Cody Stamann.
Back to back LFA wins will lead to a UFC oppurtunity or Bellator.
Battlefield Fight League
Caio Machado vs Chris Larsen BFL Heavyweight Title Fight. Caio Machado Brazilian Heavyweight trains in Vancouver. One of the best Heavyweight prospects in Canada. 4-1 record at 26 years old with first round KO wins.
Defending his title against 5-1 Chris Larsen Heavyweight prospect.
Kyran Cameron 5-0 Canada Welterweight prospect, Rising Welterweight Prospect from North America. Challenging the BFL Welterweight Title against Dejan Kajic. Winning the BFL Welterweight title helps with signing on the Dana White Contender Series.
Salahdine Parnasse one of my FAVORITE prospects to watch in the world. Easily one of the best Featherweights in the world, Doesn’t matter to me if he fights for KSW the #1 European MMA promotion.
Parnasse lost to Daniel Torres, Losing the KSW Featherweight title in a lucky knockout. Rematch happens guarantee the fight would be way different.
Salahdine Paransse is a French prodigy at 23 years old, 14-1-1 record defeating the likes of European MMA superstar Ivan Buchinger in a a MASTERCLASS performance.
Looking forward to Paransse returning back to the win column against Filip Pejić the former FFC Featherweight Champion. Now 2-2 with KSW. Win against Pejic leads to a KSW Featherweight Title Shot.
Brave CF 51
Brave Combat Federation 51 event in Belarus, Showcasing the best Belarus prospects!!
Denis Maher Belarus Middleweight prospect at 26 years old, Sweet left hand. Striking focused fighter 7-0 record. Former WMMAA European Champion, Amateur Champion.
Sam Patterson 6-1 Lightweight prospect at 25 years old, Facing toughest test yet against former Brave CF Lightweight champion Ylies Djiroun. Sam Patterson part of the next generation of England MMA.
Yanis Ghemmouri 9-1 record 26 years old, High level All-Around fighter from France. Training at the powerhouse European Gym Bulgarian Top Team training with Amin Ayoub, Morgan Charriere, Benoit Saint Denis. Bunch of killers to train with. Yanis is one of the best European Featherweight prospects, Flying under the radar.
Next Generation of MMA lead by Muhammad Mokaev 4-0 record, Dominated the Amateur ranks before going pro. Combined record of 28-0. Next version of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ready for this… 20 years old. Looking forward to Mokaev second fight with Brave CF.
Caleb Hall, 24 year old Welterweight prospect part of the next generation of Elevation Fight Team prospects to prosper as he follows the paths of teammates, Cory Sandhagen, Neil Magny, Kamaru Usman.
Iron sharpens Irons and Hall has been sharpening his skills on daily basis with the surplus of training partners he has at his disposable.
“I have really developed my skills training alongside athletes like Justin Gaethje, Cory Sandhagen, Neil Magny, Kamaru Usman and many other fighters that are on the come up. ” Caleb Hall
The 2-0 Elevation Fight Team prospect is making his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut. Legacy Fighting Alliance is the premier feeder league promotion in the United States, Major opportunity for Caleb Hall. Credit to his MMA manager Brian Hamper of Sucker Punch Entertainment to get this opportunity for his client.
“I am extremely grateful for Brian Hamper of Sucker Punch Entertainment for getting me this opportunity and I am going to maximize this platform and show them the best version of me. ” Caleb Hall
Opponent is Jacobi Jones All-American wrestler from Colorado State University Pueblo.
Was named RMAC Freshman of the Year and All-RMAC First Team…He compiled an 18-7 overall record with four falls in his freshman season. He recorded a perfect 5-0 record with one fall in RMAC duals. The Omaha, Nebraska native totaled a team-best 41 takedowns. Jones won his first collegiate event, as he went 4-0 at the DoubleTree Open Nov. 8. He finished second at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 22..
Caleb Hall despise the wrestling accomplishments isn’t afraid of Jacobi Jones. Confident in his abilities to get the job done at LFA 109.
“I think Jacobi is a good fighter but lacks an overall skill set for MMA. I think he will try to test it on the feet, and once he realizes that is not where he is going to win this fight, He is gong to try to wrestle me right away. I see him over committing, Gassing out and getting finished in the third round. ” Caleb Hall
Win over a former College All-American wrestler, Successful high school wrestler under the LFA stage is the right way to start 2021!! Sky’s the limit for Caleb Hall and 2021 is a year for him to become a rising Welterweight prospect from the United States.
What are your goals for 2021?
I am going to stay undefeated as a professional fighter. I plan on fighting two more times this year and hope to have my name put in the hat for the UFC soon.
Looking forward to the former Army veteran LFA debut, Talented Welterweight fighter. Have a serious obsession and Caleb Hall is a welterweight prospect to keep an eye on for 2021 and the foreseeable future.
Legacy Fighting Alliance 109 starts at 9 pm this Friday PLEASE WATCH
Manny Vazquez before signing with Combate Americas was one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the United States. Last couple years was dealing with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Batting with his life everyday will make the Combate Americas 8 Man Tournament easier.
My favorite to win the Combate Americas Bantamweight Tournament in the one night tournament. Best Jiu-Jitsu practitioner out of all the Bantamweights. Trains under the 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
Former Legacy Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion by defeating Ricardo Ramos for the Legacy Bantamweight Title. Lost his fight on the Dana White Contender Series.
Overall Vazquez fought tough talented fighters on the regional circuit. He deserves a tournament win after everything he been through.
Winning the tournament will lead to signing with Bellator or UFC.
Bellator 259 is a STACKED CARD filled with young fighters. Excited to watch these young hungry fighters looking to build there names on Showtime. Bellator continues to get better.
Fabian Edwards vs Austin Vanderford
Mr. Van Zant… Austin Vanderford is making a name for himself for Bellator. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series but didn’t get signed. However everything happens for a reason. Now Vanderford is few more fights away from fighting for the Bellator Middleweight Title.
4-0 under the Bellator promotion. Defeating Leon Edwards younger brother will be the biggest win of his MMA career.
Vanderford aiming for the best year of his MMA career so far.
“Fabian is a very tough opponent. I think he’s very well skilled. He’s good everywhere. So, it’s going to take me being on my game, but I’m going to go out there make it a gritty fight. I’m going to make it dirty, grimy, and, you know, we will test his will and test his gas tank.
Fabian Edwards last fight was against Costello Van Steenis in a split decision lost back at Bellator Euro Series 8. Looking to jump back in the win column, Close to a title shot as well defeated Vanderford.
“I just feel happy, if I’m being honest. I’m in a good place, my weight is in a good place. It’s the best it’s ever been.
Jaleel Willis former LFA Welterweight Champion was one of the best MMA prospects before signing with Bellator. Now found a home at 29 years old.
” This is a big opportunity in terms of amount of eyeballs that are gonna be on the main card on showtime.” Jaleel Willis
Facing former LFA Welterweight Champion Maycon Mendonça. Brazilian Welterweight Prospect. Clash of the LFA Welterweight Champions.
Maycon Mendonça is 30 years old, Entertaining fight against Batsumberel Dagvadorj at LFA 96. Mendonca is a savage and is making his Bellator debut.
Definitely looking forward to this fight.
Grant Neal vs Tyree Fortune
Grant Neal 5-0 Light Heavyweight, Colorado 5A High School Wrestling Champion. Former Tuff-N-UFF Light Heavyweight Champion.
“My opponent is a game opponent and has done everything he’s needed to do to be undefeated at this point, so I’m excited for this upcoming challenge,” Neal said of Fortune. “I know that everything that I’ve done in camp so far is very pointed and centered around getting the job done. It’s really just focusing on getting better.
Tyree Fortune American Top Team product is 5-0 with Bellator at 30 years old.
Fortune was a two-time state wrestling champion in high school, captured a pair of junior college national titles and won an NCAA championship at Grand Canyon University — a Division II school in Phoenix — before attempting to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Brett Johns vs Danny Sabatello
High level Bantamweight Fight on the prelims of Bellator 259. Can’t believe this fight is on the prelims.
Brett Johns former UFC Bantamweight 5-2 UFC record, Former Titan FC Bantamweight Champion. Looking to become one of the best Bellator Bantamweights.
Danny Sabatello easily one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world, Titan FC Bantamweight Champion. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series. American Top Team product is making his Bellator debut.
“I’m gonna beat the sh*t out of the guy,” Sabatello said on MMA Fighting’s What the Heck. “I’m very confident that there’s no way that this guy can beat me. The only way he does beat me is if he catches me, I just think my defense is too intact for him to catch me. I don’t see on the feet him posing me any problems and then obviously on the ground I’m a better grappler.
Long awaited Bellator debut, Bellator signed one of the best Russian prospects. Alexander Shabily #1 Russian Lightweight prospect, Fought on the biggest Russian promotions from Fight Nights Global, ACB, PRO FC.
Shabily 19-3 record is a super talented Lightweight grappler, First round knockout power. Sambo style fighting. Man I’m so excited for his debut. He’s a SAVAGE. Future Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Russian version of Dustin Poirier.
Alfie Davis British Lightweight, Four Fight Winning Streak. Talented Standup striker, Leg kick artist with his crazy leg kick knockouts. 14-3 record, Undefeated with Bellator but he’ll have his hands full.
Tucker Lutz, Product out of the Dana White Contender Series is making his awaited debut tonight at UFC 262 against the tough Kevin Aguilar with a 17-4 record.
Coming into this fight with a 11 fight winning streak, Looking to make it 12 fight winning streak as he defeats his toughest opponent to date Kevin Aguilar.
Before signing with UFC and on the Dana White Contender Series, Lutz was one of the best Lightweight Prospects in the United States. Fighting for regional promotion Shogun Fights and winning the Shogun Fights Lightweight Title.
Biggest win before UFC was against Francisco Isata 12-5 record, Regional Fighter.
Opportunity to fight for the #1 MMA organization, Former Shogun Fights Lightweight Champion and now looks to become UFC Featherweight Champion in a few years.
“The pursuit of that world title… that’s always been my goal, to be a UFC world champion and nothing has changed,” Lutz told me in response to what drives him to get up every morning in order to train.
9-4 record at 30 years old, #1 Bantamweight Prospect from California. Affiliated with 10 planet Jiu-Jitsu and trains at Saekson’s Muay Thai.
Former California Xtreme Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion. Taking advantage of his jiu-jitsu skills from 10th planet by defeating Willie Gates, Chris Beal, Steve Ramirez.
Heading over to Russia, Fighting against Yuri Chobuka(10-1 Ukraine Bantamweight).
Now facing Ricardo Dias, Kings MMA product with a 9-4 record. Winning streak with Legacy Fighting Alliance definitely can lead to a contract signing with Bellator. Age is just a number and he’s in the prime age of 30 years old.
5-0 25 year old prospect from Team Alpha Male. Born in Brazil and growing up in Sacramento.
Fighting in front of LFA fans, Hardcore mma fans is the best way to build your name. Huge win with Legacy Fighting Alliance continues to make him a rising Bantamweight prospect.
Scott Coker and his team signing championship level fighters in 2020 and 2021 from Magomed Magomedov, Corey Anderson, Yoel Romero, Alexander Shabily, Usman Nurmagomedov, Sergio Pettis, Mads Burnell, Brett Johns to name a few fighter.
Bellator deepening there roster year after year. Bellator is in a great spot right now since the Showtime network deal but always can get better signing high level fighters that can be potential champions. Stealing them away from UFC!!
Some of the fighters listed definitely know and some others probably no clue about but awesome.
Roberto Soldic #1 European Welterweight prospect, New King of Croatian MMA. KSW Welterweight Champion which is a incredible accomplishment since KSW is the #1 European MMA promotion.
Soldic is only 26 years old, 18-3 record. Defeating Dez Parker former Cage Warriors fighter, Former EFC Middleweight Champion Driscus Du Plessis, Krystian Kaszubowski 7-0 Welterweight, Michał Materla KSW Middleweight Title Challenger.
Soldic is a beast and deserves to fight for a top MMA promotion.
Signing with Bellator would break the MMA internet. Selling out European arenas, Headlining Bellator events because Soldic can be a superstar for Bellator.
Soldic vs Yaroslav Amosov rematch, Clash of the European killers. Soldic split decision loss to Yaroslav back at Tech Prep in 2016.
I LOVE Rustam Kerimov, One of my favorite MMA fighters right now. One of the best Bantamweights on the planet. Former ACA Bantamweight champion only because he wants to test free agency. Rustam Kerimov is a beast.
Constant pressure start to finish like Petr Yan. Combat Sambo Fighting style.
Wins over Takeya Mizugaki, Russian prospects Oleg Borisov, Andrey Goncharov and a MASTERPIECE win against Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev for the ACA Bantamweight Title. Dominated a Russian killer start to finish.
Bellator NEEDS to sign him right now, Send a matchmaker. Russian spy. Do whatever it takes to sign Rustam Kerimov.
Bellator Bantamweight Division is stacked but can always improve. Dream fights against Sergio Pettis, Juan Archuleta, Brett Johns, Magomed Magomedov, Raufeon Stots.
“Borz” Russian Lightweight Prospect is a future ACA Lightweight Champion, Killing the ACA Lightweight Division since he signed with formely known as ACB back in 2015.
Developing this Russian savage into a future UFC/Bellator Lightweight. Easily one of the best Lightweights in the world with a record of 17-2. He’s an all around powerful talent. Talented grappler, Pin point boxing with heavy hands.
Yusuf Raisov jumped on the scene when he fought MMA veteran Luis Palomino, Defeated Russian prospect Marat Balaev, Brazilian undefeated prospect Carlos Alexandre, Undefeated Lightweight prospect Raimundo Batista.
Defeating talented fighters throughout the world. Now it’s time to defeat Bellator Lightweights. Bellator matches like Goiti Yamaguchi, Myles Jury, Brent Primus. Facing against Top Ten Bellator Lightweights.
Quick run to the Bellator Lightweight Title in 2021.
Salahdine Parnasse one of my favorite fighters to watch. French prodigy at 14-1-1 record at 23 years old. Lost to Daniel Torres for the KSW Featherweight Title. 9 out of 10 times Parnasse won, Lucky shot lead to a knockout. Rematch against Daniel Torrres regaining back his KSW Featherweight Title.
Leading back to the interest of Bellator. Signing with Bellator would be a HUGE DEAL.
Parnasse attracting the European Market as KSW IS HUGE in Europe! Becoming a Bellator superstar. French version of AJ McKee.
Former ACA Featherweight Champion, Next version of Jose Aldo. Prime of his career at 29 years old. Trains at Nova União with Jose Aldo, Eduardo Dantas, Renan Barao.
20-5 record went on a four fight winning streak before losing to Magomedkrasul Khasabulaev for the ACA Featherweight title.
Salman Zhamaldaev, Marat Balaev, Reginaldo Corvão are some of Felipe Froes wins.
Time for a change and no better than signing with Bellator. Competing in the red hot Featherweight Division.
Nkazimulo Zulu” Zulu Boy” former EFC Flyweight champion is one of the best Flyweights in Africa. Main event attraction because of his athleticism and finishing ability.
Zulu boy is 31 years old, Prime of his career dealt with two losses in a row. Losing the EFC Flyweight Title to current Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion Jake Hadley than moving up to Bantamweight, Challenging Faeez Jacobs for the EFC Bantamweight Title.
Finally in the win column after defeating Fafa Dwama at EFC 85 by triangle choke in the second round. Congratulations to Zulu Boy for the win because he’s a talented flyweight who deserves to fight at a MAJOR PROMOTION.
Fighting for Rizin or One Championship would be PERFECT for him. Rizin fans especially fans in Japan WILL Love his personality, Appreciate his fighting style as Asia loves watching the smaller fighters.
Future Rizin matchups between Tatsuki Saomoto, Tenshin Nasukawa, Makoto Takahashi. Rizin doesn’t have a Flyweight Title but Zulu Boy can be second behind the RIZIN superstar Tenshin Nasukawa. Moving up to Bantamweight for a clash against Kai Asakura, Kyoji Horiguchi, Naoki Inoue
One Championship Flyweight Division is definitely rising with Mighty Mouse coming over, Adriano Moraes One Championship Flyweight Champion defeating Demetrious Johnson. Facing Danny Kingad, Yuya Wakamatsu. Facing an abundance of Flyweight talent to face.
One Championship a new face, Attracting the South Africa and Africa market. One Championship can use Extreme Fighting Championship as a feeder league. Zulu Boy can be the STAR for the African Market for One Championship.
Congratulations to Sergio Pettis for winning the Bellator Bantamweight Title, Boxes his way to a win. Showing how much better Pettis moving up to Bantamweight. Pettis is now one of the best Bantamweights in the world after defeating Juan Archuleta(8-2 Bellator record).
“I just stuck to what I know – the basics,” Pettis said. “I stayed true to myself. I didn’t allow his movements to scare my movements. I was more worried about what I was going to do instead of what he was going to do. I was myself tonight. I was trying to flow like water and I feel like I did.”
Following his big bro Anthony Pettis to become a two belt champion, Taking advantage of the cross promotion opportunity to build his brand in Japan.
Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi would be a GREAT FIGHT to watch, I wish it happens 2021 or 2022 but for right now I’d love to see Pettis face off against the second best Bantamweight in the world…. Magomed Magomedov.
Magomedov ONLY fighter to defeat Petr Yan back at ACB 32 than fought Yan at ACB 57 which is a GREAT FIGHT!! Highly recommend watching. Magomed Magomedov easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world.
Undefeated with Bellator so far but needs to fight tougher competition. After two fights with Bellator definitely challenge for the Bellator Bantamweight title. Nothing else to prove!!
“Juan Archuleta and [Sergio] Pettis, they’ve got to fight. I would like to fight with the winner of this fight, or with whoever loses that fight.” That pair face off in May, with Archuleta’s 135lb title on the line.
Sergio Pettis vs Magomed Magomedov would be a great fight to watch, One of the best MMA Bantamweight fights of 2021 no matter what organization. MMA fans can see how good Sergio Pettis since the move to Bantamweight. On the other hand the world FINALLY acknowledges Magomedov and that there’s talent all over the world.
Magomedov defeats Pettis that will earn his respect and Pettis wins he’s a top ten Bantamweight no argument about it. Defeating Juan Archuleta and Magomed Magomedov only fighter to defeat Petr Yan.
Sergio Pettis becoming a star and representing the Bellator Bantamweight division.
“Big thank you to Scott Coker and Bellator for giving me this opportunity, I feel like I was on my way to becoming a champion but didn’t have the time or the star power… ” Sergio Pettis
“Bellator allows me to be myself and put no pressure on me, Allows me to put on these performances.” Sergio Pettis
I’m only a MMA journalist but hope Mike Kogan(Bellator Matchmaker) schedules a bout between Sergio Pettis vs Magomed Magomedov Summer of 2021. Clash of two different worlds and fighting styles!!
Giga Chikadze gained my respect after knocking out Cub Swanson, Chikadze is flying under the radar but after front kick knockout to the liver against the MMA veteran Cub Swanson will help Giga become a fan favorite.
YES, Became a fan of Giga Chikadze.
Giga Chikadze has one of the most underrated winning streaks in the UFC right now, Leading Chikadze to being the 10th ranked UFC Featherweight. Defeating the likes of Omar Morales, Jamall Emmers and the biggest win of his career Cub Swanson.
Training at Kings MMA, Coached by one of the best MMA head coaches…. Rafael Cordeiro. Coached some of the greatest fighters from Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua and now coaching Giga Chikadze. Future UFC Featherweight Title Challenger in the insanely stacked Featherweight Division.
Perfect match between fighter and student. Successful Glory Kickboxer now successful UFC Fighter
7 Day Turn Around
Giga Chikadze asked for the former Massachusetts Golden Gloves boxer Calvin Kattar or the man who steps into crazy land Max Holloway in his post fight interview.
“I’m a new guy you got to shoot your shot right, I mean you aim for max you don’t get max maybe you get Calvin Kattar.” Giga Chikadze
However doesn’t mind a quick turn around because of the lack of damage. Interested in fighting Jeremy Stephens May 8th or May 15th according to MMAjunkie journalist John Morgan.
Quick turn around the better, Showcasing his skills against a tough as nails Jeremy Stephens. Continuing to build his name with a performance of the night on the UFC Main CHopeard as UFC definitely sees him as a rising star.
” I heard there is no main event next week so it will be pleasure to headline event for me, Next I’m staying in Vegas, I’m not going nowhere. I’m in shape of no injuries. If Dana or Sean Shelby need myself I’m here and I can fight anybody.” Giga Chikadze
Hopefully Giga Chikadze fights soon and takes advantage of the new heat, Spotlight because of the highlight reel knockout. Jeremy Stephens or a top 15 Featherweight will do Giga justice.
Bellator 258 before the fight cancellations was a STACKED CARD with Yoel Romero vs Rumble Johnson, Patchy Mix vs James Gallagher, Lorenz Larkin vs Costello Van Steenis.
Many fight cancellations but Bellator 258 is one of the best Bellator cards in a while. Credit to the Bellator matchmakers for creating this card.
Exciting fights to watch, Future Bellator champions on the prelims. MAN I CAN’T WAIT I’m Genuinely Excited!!
Juan Archuleta vs Sergio Pettis
One of the best Bantamweights of 2021 so far the anticipated bout is happening, Wishing for this fight since Sergio Pettis signed with Bellator.
Juan Archuleta main training partner for TJ Dillshaw, Archuleta respected by TJ Dillashaw. Talks about how much he pushes it in practice, Makes him better. Juan Archuleta current Bellator Bantamweight Champion, Defending his title for the first time against Sergio Pettis.
Archuleta easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world just fights for Bellator so he doesn’t get the respect that he deserves but a win against Sergio Pettis gets the respect.
“He’s a well-rounded, household name that is gonna bring a fight and gonna test me to the limits. I’m excited to go to those limits, push past those limits, and he’s gonna challenge me as a martial artist,” Archuleta said. “He’s a prodigy, he’s been doing it at a young age and now he’s matured and now he’s ready to pick a game plan, stick to it and try to dictate it. And it’s my goal and my game plan to disrupt his rhythm, disrupt his path to a championship and continue on my quest.”
Sergio Pettis defeated Joseph Benavidez, Brandon Moreno, John Moraga in his UFC flyweight career. Signed with Bellator, Moving up to Bantamweight and looking better than ever defeated former CFFC Bantamweight Champion Ricky Bandejas.
“Any time we interact it’s always been love and respect man you know we ain’t got no bad blood towards each other at the end of the day this is business and you know that’s when things get interesting but yeah no bad blood towards each other. At the end of the day this is business and you know that when things get interesting.” Sergio Pettis
Juan Archuleta vs Sergio Pettis is a BANTAMWEIGHT Fight to Watch! Please watch this fight, Watching two talented fighters.
Raufeon Stots vs Josh Jill
Featuring Prelim of Bellator 258, Two Top Ten Bellator Bantamweights facing each other tonight. Both fighters need this fight to get one fight closer to pursuing the Bellator Bantamweight Title.
Raufeon Stots #4th ranked Bellator Bantamweight on a seven fight winning streak, Looking to make it eight fights defeating Josh Hill the former WSOF Bantamweight fighter. Stots a product of Roufusport MMA Academy training with Sergio Pettis, Emmanuel Sanchez on a daily basis.
Before MMA was a Division 2 All-American wrestler at Nebraska-Kearney. Mentored by the current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
“I think Josh Hill is a very tough opponent,” Stots said. “I feel like we are both good at the same things, but I feel like I’m better at those things and better at putting them together.
Josh Hill before Bellator was on Ultimate Fighter Season 18, Defeating Paddy Holohan. Went to WSOF after that and had fights against Marlon Moraes twice. In between World Series of Fighting fought in regional promotions.
“I thought we were going to line up eventually, no matter what,” Hill told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “He was still on my mind, so I was glad we were matched up. He got a replacement fight and he got the win, so I looked at that, too. I got a little bit more tape, but I’m happy.”
Division One All-American wrestler at Minnesota, Runner up for the Big Ten Championships as a freshman behind Ed Ruth. Bronze Medalist at 174 pounds multiple times in the NCAA Championship.
Now Storley is 11-1, Only loss is to Yaroslav Amosov the new version of Khabib Nurmagomedov as Yaroslav Amosov has a record of 25-0. Storley showed much improvement in this fight. Definitely should’ve held his head high. Losses suck but he went toe to toe with one of the best Welterweights in the world.
Training at Sanford MMA with Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson, Aung La Nsang, Derek Brunson on a daily basis for training partners. Only get better training with these killers every week.
Storley first fight back from the Amosov lost, Facing Team Alpha Male product Omar Hussein. 8-2 record fought for Middle East promotion UAE Warriors.
” I always say I’m going to fight like I’m the number one ranked guy in the world.” Logan Storley
Johnny Elben American Top Team product is 7-0 at 29 years old. Rising Bellator Middleweight Prospect.
“I think I’m going to get a finish. I don’t know which round it is. I’ll stick to the game plan and do what I need to do, and if I get the finish, I get the finish, if not I think I’ll get a unanimous decision.”
Facing Daniel Madrid 18-6 Middleweight at 37 years old. Fought everywhere from Legacy Fighting Alliance, King of the Cage, M1-Challenge.
Daniel Madrid coming here to see if Eblen can win and is capable of becoming a Bellator Middleweight Champion one day. Daniel Madrid can ruin the hype and take advantage of the Bellator opportunity.
Rest of Bellator Fights to Watch
Patricky Pitbull, Older brother of Patricio Pitbull returning to the ring after tearing his ACL in his fight with Tofiq Musaev at Rizin 20. Patricky Pitbull facing Peter Queally in a Lightweight Clash. Pitbull Brothers Gym vs SBG Ireland BEEF happening.
The Lightweight Clash finally happening, Won’t be surprised if there’s pushing and shoving in the aftermath. It’s a good story overall.
Michael “Venom” Page finally facing tough competition in Derek Anderson, #6th Bellator Welterweight. Wins over Patricky Pitbull, Saad Awad and looks to crack Venom Page. Derek Anderson is no slouch as he enters this fight on a three winning streak, 17-3 record.
Lorenz Larkin vs Rafael Carvalho former Bellator Middleweight Champion. Larkin moving down to Welterweight but this will be a fun fight to WATCH. Crazy this fight is on the prelims.
Patchy Mix lost to Juan Archuleta in the Vacant Bellator Bantamweight Title fight but Mix is a grappling wizard. Watching artwork on it’s finest. He’s an all around talent with a 13-1 record. Super excited that Bellator signed him as he was the King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion.
Mix was supposed to fight James Gallagher but replacement fighter is former UFC fighter Albert Morales. Released from UFC than went on to become Lights Out Xtreme Fighting Bantamweight Champion.
Lyoto Machida protégé Weber Almeida is fighting
GREAT Bellator 258 Card
Please watch this CARD from start to finish, Bellator doing a really good job with matches the days of Tito Ortiz, Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock is over. Bellator is in a new era under Scott Coker.
Now Bellator can increase there viewership under Showtime.
Dana White Contender Series returning in June, Discovering future stars fighting in front of millions of viewers as they look to sign with UFC.
Sean O’Malley, Geoff Neal, Jim Crute, Edmen Shahbazyan, Brendan Allen all alumni’s of the Dana White Contender Series. Time for the next batch of MMA prospects to sign and fight on the Dana White Contender Series.
Created a Wishlist of MMA fighters UFC should offer an opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Impressing Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.
Part 1 of many!!
Andres Quintana Combate Americas Featherweight Champion, Winning the Combate Americas Featherweight Tournament with a 100k prize. Quintana one of the best Featherweight prospects in the United States. Skillful talented crafty fighter with submission wins, Underrated striking.
Quintana last fight was a loss against Bruno Cannetti back at Combate 42. August 23rd, 2019. Long wait to return to the fight game and what better way than fight in front of a whole entire new audience!!
29 years old, 18-3 record. Successful Featherweight prospect, Time to fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Defeated former Dana White Contender Series prospect Alejandro Flores.
Khusein Askhabov INCREDIBLE record of 23-0, WWFC Bantamweight Champion. One of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world. Former Combat Sambo Champion and Karate Champion. Askhabov is a KILLER, Why on earth he isn’t signing with UFC or Bellator is beyond me but hopefully he fights for UFC this year.
First step in fighting for UFC is on the Dana White Contender Series. Facing a high level Bantamweight prospect that can be a FIGHT on the UFC prelims.
Khusein is a high level grappler but can throw the hands when needed. Defeated former Cage Warriors fighter Donovan Desmae.
Oh by the way trains with TWO POWERHOUSE Gyms in American Top Team and Tiger Muay Thai. He’s the next star to come out of both gyms. Learning from current UFC Champions right now as Askhabov on paper is a future UFC champion.
Brazil’s Next Generation of MMA fighters, Leading the charge is Joanderson Brito. Brazil’s #1 Featherweight prospect. 11-2 record at 26 years old. Fusion FC Lightweight Champion defeated a 24-7 Johnny Iwasaki. Later on signing with Legacy Fighting Alliance, Knocking out Jose “Chepe” Mariscal in the first round.
Exciting fighter to watch as Dana White would love his fast pace electric fighting style.
Rustam Kerimov, EASILY one of my favorite MMA fighters in the world. Former ACA Bantamweight Champion only because he wants to test free agency… Sign with UFC. Rustam Kerimov is a WORLD CLASS Bantamweight fighter, Easily one of the best Bantamweights not with UFC.
All-Around special fighter, Pressure kickboxing and takedowns. Dominating opponents from former UFC veteran Takeya Mizugaki. Defeated Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev for the ACA Bantamweight Title in a masterful performance that I’ve watched multiple times. Defeated Team Nogueira prospect Francisco Maciel, Current Top Ten Russian Featherweight Prospect Andrey Goncharov.
Africa’s MMA superstar not signed with UFC is Igeu Kabesa. Remember the name Igeu Kabesa, Believe he’ll be a future UFC title contender. Electrifying, World Class Main event attraction as he’s the EFC Featherweight Champion. Reigning over the EFC Featherweight Division. Igeu Kabesa has star written all over him and we can discover him on Season 5 of the Dana White Contender Series.
List of opponents he defeated is current Bellator fighter Peter Queally, Current UFC fighter Danny Henry who defeated Hakeem Dawodu and Daniel Teymur.
KSW Strawweight Champion with a 8-2 record. One of the best strawweight MMA prospects in Europe. Fought in EFC Worldwide to Venator FC. Split decision loss to Cheyanne Buys at EFC Worldwide 74. Crafty strawweight with balanced all around skills.
Love to see Karolina Wojcik fight on the Dana White Contender Series facing a top Strawweight prospect from the United States.
Taking advantage of his first opportunity in the UFC Main Event. Knocking out Dominick Reyes that can trend on MMA twitter, Sports twitter. Building his name more and more as the UFC has a Light Heavyweight STAR in the making.
“If the title fight will be after one or two fights doesn’t matter for me it’s the most important the journey the learning of the journey in UFC. “
Jiri wins over Muhammad Lawal, Current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov, Fabio Maldonado in his Rizin career. Win over Volkan Oezdemir in his UFC debut.
Knocking out opponents left and right in the first round. UFC, Dana White and his crew be foaming out the mouth if Jiri can crack Dominick Reyes early.
Facing the winner of Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira next, No need to wait anymore.
April 30th and May 1st, Friday and Saturday is filled with talented prospects looking to make a impression on UFC matchmakers and Bellator matchmakers. Watching prospects from LFA, CES, Okatagon, Mexico promotions.
Terrance McKinney former contestant of the Dana White Contender Series 8-3 record at 26 years old. McKinney is a Lightweight prospect, Fought for promotions Conquest of the Cage, Front Street Fights and now making his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut.
McKinney former College Wrestler at Chadron State, Fila Junior National All-American. Junior College #1 wrestler with North Idaho College.
One night changed everything as McKinney and his friends experimented with Mushrooms and LSD, Cops caught them in the act and they decided to flee the scene. Leading to madness as McKinney went through a window. Sent to Ambulance as his heart beat stopped.
“My head went through a window,” McKinney said. “I almost cut my neck off, because I pulled my head back through the glass after I fell through it. I was so overwhelmed by the drugs that I fainted.”
“I honestly didn’t know what happened,” McKinney recalled. “I thought I was still sitting on the couch tripping. It felt like I just woke up from a dream. I didn’t even know how I got to the hospital. I was like, ‘What the heck did I do? I’m at the hospital.’ I was freaking out. ‘What happened?’ I didn’t know what was going on. I had random people’s clothes on and a poop stain from being Tased.”
Life changing moment for the better as now Terrance McKinney can fight for UFC, Bellator 2021. Watch out for McKinney in 2021. Breakout year for him.
McKinney is definitely a talented fighter, Super fast compared to his opponents, Fast hands. Reminds me of a lighter version of Randy Brown.
Cheyden Leialoha Hawaii’s #1 Bantamweight prospect 7-2 record at 27 years old. Tough losses to Raufeon Stots and John Castaneda but Leialoha is talented Bantamweight, Opportunity to fight for LFA. Moving up to Featherweight facing Edwin Chavez 4-0.
Cheyden is training partners with Max Holloway at Gracie Technics. Former X-1 Bantamweight Champion.
” I’m excited to give this guy his first loss I feel like he hasn’t fought really any tough competition.”
Blasco #2 Latin America Welterweight Prospect, #1 Prospect from Venezuela. 14-3 record at 25 years old. OFC Welterweight Champion, Looking to be UWC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION. Blasco is a super talented fighter, Smooth all-around skills. Best attribute is his grappling.
21 year old Ecuador Welterweight, Incredibly raw talent. One of the next big prospects coming out of Latin America. 10-0 record already beating up grown men basically as a teenager. This kid will only get better as time goes on. Fighting on UFC Fight Pass will help build his name. Dana White Contender Series will be a scheduled bout soon.
Roman Paulus 20 years old 3-0 record has a VERY PROMISING Future with Oktagon, Leading to be a headliner for Oktagon in a few years. Roman is a Lightweight prospect from Slovakia who definitely will rise in 2021. Oktagon promoters, His management team schedule Roman least two more times in 2021 to build his name.
Roman not gonna lie reminds me of Rory MacDonald. Very similar fighting style with technical pin point striking, Picking his shots. Body shape is similar as well but Roman’s body will continue to develop as he’s only 20 years old.
Marthin Hamlet Neilsen former Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Title Challenger, Losing to Modestas Bukauskas in a fight he was winning with grappling, Pressure against the cage until the fourth round happened with a knockout.
“I believe that we [were] very close, if I got to win the title, I will be competing in Denmark for UFC,” Hamlet explained. “I won the three first rounds [against Bukauskas] and then I ruin it in the round four and I got TKO’ed. But I believe that loss came at the right time and I needed that to see I’m not ready for that big promotion. And as I said before, we’re finally here and I’m ready to go.”
Neilsen 6-1 record at 29 years old, Only a 6-1 record but is a WORLD CLASS WRESTLER from Norway. 7 time NORWAY Wrestling Champion, 15 World Cup Medals and Bronze Medalist in the European Championship.
Talented Norwegian wrestler looking to have a successful PFL career.
Neilsen will show he’s only getting better facing DAN SPOHN, Former Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Contestant, Bellator fighter and current PFL Light Heavyweight. Dan Spohn has a 18-7 record, The Experience may get to Neilsen but definitely training hard in the gym. Body looking FANTASTIC.
Training partners with #7 UFC Middleweight Jack Hermansson at Frontline Academy. Bellator Light Heavyweight Karl ”King” Albrektsson.
It’s very inspiring to train with Jack Hermansson and Emil Meek. They show that it’s possible. I also have other great fighters there, Cage Warriors signed Mohsen Bahari, Kenneth Bergh and Håkon Foss. Kenneth is in my weight class and he is a tough fighter who is really helping me raising the bar at every workout together.
Iron sharpens Iron and will see if Martin Hamlit Neilsen sharpened his tools in his fight against Dan Spohn. Defeats Dan Spohn will gain confidence and can be a DARK HORSE of the PFL Light Heavyweight Division.
“I believe it will be a great fight, but to be honest with you … he’s 37 he’s, he’s on the end of his career,” Hamlet said. “I’m on the rise now, so I feel like I will end him in the first or second round. It will be good to pick up the three points for the victory. And three or two bonus points you know, to secure the quarterfinals.”
Ion Surdu Romanian’s Top Middleweight Prospect, Fights for #1 European MMA promotion KSW.
Surdu record of 11-3 at 26 years old. 1-1 with KSW, Fighting in the middleweight division.
Latest win was at KSW 60 defeating Kacper Koziorzębski in a dominant performance that lead to a first round head kick knockout. Highlight reel knockout that trended on MMA twitter.
Ion Surdu slowly on the rise in 2020 but fighting for KSW can help build his name. Pursuing the KSW Middleweight Title as he keeps getting better.
Training at Ankos MMA Poznań with some killers. Former KSW Lightweight Champion Norman Parke, Makhmud Muradov UFC Middleweight, Dawid Śmiełowski 8-0 record Polish Featherweight Prospect.
Definitely has errors in his game, Clean up his game more in 2021 because Ion Surdu definitely can be a KSW Middleweight Champion in the next few years.
Watching more masterful performances like we saw at KSW 60. Winning streak leading to a KSW title shot, Building his name as one of the best European Middleweight Prospects.
Dana White, Sean Shelby definitely will take a liking to him as he’s a young hungry fighter. Attracting another region in Romania.
One of the upcoming Moldovan MMA prospects to fight for UFC, Bellator or One Championship in the next following years. Looking forward to Surdu 2021 season as he faces KSW middleweights from Patrik Kincl, Tomasz Drwal, Andrzej Grzebyk.
Brendan Allen first round submission win against the respected Karl Roberson on the prelims of UFC 261. One of the best performances of his career so far.
Showcasing his skills. Striking looked really good, Sweet shape. Excited for Brendan Allen next fight…
Rematch against Sean Strickland makes sense. Revenging his loss as Brendan Allen had a bad night at the house getting knocked out by Strickland.
“I knew it was a fluke,” Allen told MMA Junkie on Monday. “He got lucky. He hit me with a lucky shot. I was out of position, I was out of position. I wasn’t in a good spot to take the punch – something that I never do. I never dip that hard, and I don’t know why I did it. I made the wrong read and got caught.”
Change of scenery from Roufusport MMA Academy to Sanford MMA down in Florida. Training with Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson, Aung La Nsang to name a few GREAT fighters. “Iron sharpens Iron” and Brendan Allen will have a REALLY GOOD 2021. He’s a talented fighter.
“Now that I’m here and everything has gone so great and everyone has taken me in, I feel like this is a great fit for me. I think it’s a permanent move for me at this point.”
Suggesting a different outcome against Strickland. No disrespect to Sean Strickland but there’s levels to this game.
“That I should have f*ck Sean Strickland up,” Brendan Allen told James Lynch for MMASucka.com. “There were just things that I didn’t do. I made the wrong read in the second and I got caught. I always say before every fight, every interview, no matter what, I feel like that’s the only way these guys can beat me, is to catch me. So, he caught me. Nine out of 10 times that fight doesn’t go that way, but that’s the one time that it mattered and he caught me.”
Brendan Allen former LFA Middleweight Champion, Contender Series alumni was on a three fight winning streak defeating Kevin Holland, Kyle Daukaus and Tom Breese. Defeating tough Middleweights before losing to Sean Strickland.
“I think emotionally it was really tough to have it taken away from me again and I really didn’t know who Sean Strickland was, to be honest. I thought it was going to be a cakewalk,” Allen told UFC.com. “It was tough for me to wrap my head around missing out on the Top 15 opportunity. That was some immaturity there.”
Brendan Allen switched gyms from Roufusport MMA Academy to Sanford MMA training with some of the best fighters in the world… Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque, One Championship Light Heavyweight Champion and Heavyweight Champion Aung La Nsang, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Jason Jackson and Logan Storley. To name a few killers.
“Now that I’m here and everything has gone so great and everyone has taken me in, I feel like this is a great fit for me. I think it’s a permanent move for me at this point.”
“It’s good. We’ve got a lot of good guys in the room, as always at Sanford, (and) good coaches. It couldn’t be any better, I’m just taking care of my body and trying to be the best ‘me’ come fight night.”
Training with champions, Future champions, UFC & Bellator fighters will make Brendan Allen rise in 2021.
Making the best of UFC 261 facing Andre Roberson, Winning by knockout, Dominant fashion or a DAWG three round war. It doesn’t matter a win is a win.
“I’m just going to let it come. I’m going to win every transition, every scramble, every exchange, and as long as I do that, I’ll be good to go. I’m going to win the fight, as long as I do those things and they add up, I’ll be just fine, and I’ll win the fight. If the finish comes, it’ll come. I got to the point where I was really looking for that in the last few fights and it didn’t happen.”
Professional Fighters League returns tonight on ESPN 2, Looking forward to the PFL return. Anthony Pettis PFL debut against former UFC fighter and Top Rank boxer Clay Collard. Talented card top to bottom with prospects making there Professional Fighters League.
Mikhail Odintsov Belarus Top Prospect, Talented Lightweight prospect at `18-2 record. Winning the PFL Russian International Series to fight in the Professional Fighters League.
Odintsov is a prospect I’ve had my eyes on in 2020, Finally fighting for one of the best MMA promotions. Making his name on ESPN 2.
Sung Bin Jo
Sung Bin Jo South Korea’s next superstar with a 9-1 record, 28 years old. Cut in his first fight with UFC which makes no sense but time for Sung Bin Jo to take advantage of the new opportunity with Professional Fighters League. Definitively a underrated prospect.
Sung Bin Jo Kickboxing background lead to wins in the Professional Fighters League. Facing Tyler Diamond former Ultimate Fighter Season 27 contestant and Team Alpha Male prospect.
“I’m not setting huge goals right now because I’m focusing solely on the steps in front of me at the PFL and my first match against Tyler Diamond, though I’m aware the biggest threat at featherweight is Lance Palmer — the two-time winner of this tournament.
Favorite to win Ultimate Fighter Season 27, Hype behind him since he trained at Team Alpha Male. Prime of his career at 30 years old, Looking to make Professional Fighters League his home.
“I’m expecting to go in there and just be me,” Diamond told Cageside Press ahead of the bout. “Be mean and violent, look for the finish. Find every opportunity to grind this win out, do whatever the hell I gotta do to win,” Diamond continued. “I got to go in there and freaking just be me.”
Alex Martinez Paraguay rising prospect, 7-0 record at 26 years old. Two wins under Brave Combat Federation. Martinez one of the best Lightweight prospects in North America, Wins at Brave CF, Hoosier FC and Ikon Fighting Federation.
“We were going to take a random fight anywhere just to stay active, but at the same time we knew it was time to jump up to a bigger promotion just because we were at a higher level,” Martinez said in an interview with MMA Empire.
“The opponents they were putting in front of us, we weren’t destroying, but we were doing our thing. It’s time to go for the big dogs.”
Bubba Jenkins Penn State and Arizona State All-American Wrestler. Gold Medalist wrestler in the 2011 NCAA College Wrestling Championship by defeating Penn State Wrestler David Taylor.
“I wrestled him multiple times in college, but if you know anything about the NCAA, they don’t like to pay their athletes. So all I could afford was a Big Mac and an orange soda, and that’s all I was looking forward to after any match,” said Jenkins. “One time I had Palmer on the menu, and I beat him, ate him up a lot, and I was quickly at the next McDonalds order that Big Mac and an orange soda.”
Jenkins because of his wrestling success lead to him to a successful Bellator career, Signing with Brave Combat Federation and winning the Brave CF Featherweight Title.
Bubba Jenkins looking to give the biggest win of his career by defeating Lance Palmer. Showing the MMA world he’s one of the best Featherweights in the world
“Be massive I’m known as the champ killer, In college I beat nine national champions, Ten national champions, I’ve gone to other organizations and beaten their champions right off the bat this is not something new to me, Would be massive. Palmer is a tough fighter, 11-0 record.” Bubba Jenkins
“I think the athleticism, Speed the power that I bring is going to disrupt a lot of his plans and I don’t think he’ll come forward as much as you know he would like to say that.”
“I’m about to finish Palmer is going to put me in top ten highlights.”
Lance Palmer one of the BEST Featherweights in the world, Looking to reign PFL Featherweight Division and win another million dollar prize.
“I feel like I’m going to finish him. I don’t know what round, I don’t care to care to make a prediction honestly but, um, I agree if he catches me and knocks me out is the only way he can win this fight,” Palmer said.
Lance Palmer training with TJ Dillashaw, Juan Archuleta now training with Frankie Edgar in New Jersey with Striking Coach genius Mark Henry. Nick Catone MMA Gym.
Lance Palmer vs Bubba Jenkins is a FEATHERWEIGHT fight to watch, Two of the BEST FEATHERWEIGHTS facing each other. Highest of levels wrestling wise going at it. Hardcore fans are all waiting for it Friday Night.
Jacob Malkoun UFC Middleweight Prospect 5-1 record fought a very tough Abdul Razak Alhassan in a dominant performance with wrestling, Pressure against the cage, Ground & Pound.
Getting his first win of many UFC fights. Training with the KILLER Australian Assassin Robert Whittaker. Confident he can compete with the best of the best UFC Middleweights.
“There was a never a question about my skill set I’ve always had my coaches believed in me more than I believe in myself really they just put in my brain so I’ve always had a high skill set training with Robert Whittaker all the time so I know where I am but I just got to prove it on the stage it’s easy to train and be good in the gym but to get in the cage and do it is another thing and I just showed that prove to myself that I can do it.” Jacob Malkoun
Hope Malkoun returns this summer of 2021 fighting tough UFC Middleweights, Getting much experience as possible inside the cage. Improving more and more.
“I just want to get better first,” Malkoun said. “I don’t want to keep jumping in. I’ve got a lot of gaps to fill. There’s no easy fight in the UFC. I can’t just keep jumping and say, ‘Oh, I’m the best’ because I won one fight. I’ve got to keep getting better. So whatever the coaches think (I should do next), we’ll go back, regroup, and we’ll see what happens from there.”
“Losing is part of the sport the only way to get better.”
Hopefully the last loss for a while, Malkoun is a very talented fighter, Definitely his cardio will be a strong skillset that will help him in 2021 and his UFC journey. Developing a strong mindset, Becoming fearless inside the cage will only make him stronger.
However 5-1 record pro record, Winning ADCC Asian Trials in Jiu-Jitsu is crazy. This dude’s a beast just needs to fight more.
“I want to have at least one more fight but I want to go back to the gym when I get home keep grinding and trotting along so I can build that skill set see I’ve got some animals in my division so if I want to get to the next level just want to keep pushing through.”
Steve Mowry rising Bellator Heavyweight prospect, One of Fightingdna Bellator prospects to watch in 2021 because he’s a very talented boxer, Overall fighter. Reminds me of Stipe Miocic.
Mowry continues to win in early finish style in the first round against Shaun Asher on the Bellator 257 Main Card. Getting better with every win as he trains Florida Gym powerhouse Sanford MMA. Training partners are Rumble Johnson, Aung La Nsang, Stefan Struve and coached by genius Henri Hooft.
“You don’t ever really feel more prepared for a fight than you would when you just got done sparing with Anthony Johnson, so that would be my big one. But being in a room with Kamaru [Usman] and Robbie [Lawler], two of the best welterweights to ever do it, it definitely gives you perspective, it gives you kind of like a direction, it kind of sets the standard on what you should be focusing on, what you shouldn’t be focusing on.”
Since no Vasell or Mitrione… Javy Ayala is a fight to schedule this Summer. Ayala Bellator Heavyweight veteran fought everyone from Valentin Moldavsky, Win over Frank Mir, Sergei Kharitonov win. He’s a tough fighter, #10 Bellator Heavyweight.
“I’m having a kid in July so I’d like to you know either get a quick turnaround or I’d like to have you know.”
Mads Burnell former UFC fighter, Former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion is 2-0 with Bellator after a impressive win against a respected Bellator featherweight Saul Rogers on the Bellator 257 prelims.
Burnell respectfully asked for Daniel Weichel in his post fight interview with John McCarthy. All for a fight between Burnell vs Weichel… European Clash it would be.
Daniel Weichel 40-12 record wins over Emmanuel Sanchez, Saul Rogers which is a great fight to watch, Desmond Green, Former Bellator Champion Pat Curran.
Defeating Weichel replaces his ranking as the #5th Bellator Featherweight, One or two more fights away from a Bellator Featherweight Title shot.
Mads Burnell is reborn ever since being released in 2018. Winning Cage Warriors Featherweight Title, 2-0 with Bellator and very close to a title shot.
“[Borics] is a very tough fighter. We just got done with Pedro Carvalho, so I’ll be going back to my camp, and we’ll come up with a plan to put on a dominant performance against him — so I can definitely solidify my title position.”
Bellator 257 is a STACKED card on Showtime Network. Headlined with Vadim Nemkov Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world vs former UFC Light Heavyweight Phil Davis. First round of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Beginning to end there’s great fights, Highly recommend watching Bellator 257!! Many fights and fighters to watch.
Nemkov vs Davis
Vadim Nemkov since signing with Bellator in 2017 been on a tear defeating current UFC Heavyweight, Former PFL Heavyweight ChampionPhilipe Lins, Former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Liam McGeary, Former UFC Fighter Phil Davis, Former Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Carvalho and Ryan Bader.
Nemkov is Fedor Emelianenko protégé, Nemkov is one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world. Nemkov can beat Dominick Reyes, Aleksandr Rakic, Anthony Smith but he’s making a career with Bellator.
All-Around Special Talent at 28 years old, One of the best fighters in the world.
Phil Davis Former Penn State Four Time All-American Wrestler, Former UFC Light Heavyweight defeated Glover Teixeira, Lyoto Machida, Emmanuel Newton and many other talented fighters.
Davis has a loss against Nemkov but ignoring the loss, Time for revenge.
“I don’t care; I don’t care,” Davis told MMA Junkie. “For me to look back and think, ‘Oh, they should’ve gave that to me,’ that’s a waste of my time and my energy. I’ll never get better doing that. I’m all about getting better and winning fights, so why even calculate that into my existence? I’m good. Judges have a tough job. They said I didn’t win; I didn’t win.”
Daivs 36 years old, Making one more run for the Bellator Light Heavyweight title.
Julius Anglickas former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion, 29 years old with a 9-1 record. 2-0 record with Bellator, Defeating Jordan Young and Alex Polizzi. Two high level Bellator Light Heavyweights. Anglickas not competing in the Bellator Light Heavyweight grand prix but is the #5th Bellator Light Heavyweight.
Watch out for Anglickas in 2021.
Steve Mowry Bellator Heavyweight Prospect, 8-0 record at 28 years old. Sanford MMA prospect trains with Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns, Aung La Nsang, Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson, Anthony Johnson, Stefan Struve. Coached by Henri Hooft.
Mowry is one of my favorite Bellator prospects, He’s a very talented fighter. Talented technical boxer for a guy his size at six foot eight. Pieced apart Shawn Teed in his latest Bellator 249 fight.
Watch out for Steve Mowry in 2021.
Nemkov vs Karl Albrektsson
Viktor Nemkov 30-7 record, Older brother of Vadim Nemkov at 34 years old. Former M1 Light Heavyweight Champion, Former PFL fighter finally signs with Bellator in his Bellator debut against Karl Albrektsson.
Karl Albrektsson 27 years old 10-3 record former Rizin Light Heavyweight. Early win over Vadim Nemkov.
Saul Rogers vs Mads Burnell
Saul Rogers vs Mads Burnell is the FIGHT of the NIGHT Bellator 257. TWO of the best Bellator Featherweights facing each other in the second fight of Bellator 257. Which is crazy, Shows how stacked this card is!!
Saul Rogers 2-1 Bellator record 14-3 record at 31 years old. Ultimate Fighter 22 fighter, Defeated Billy Quarantillo, Ryan Hall, Marcin Wrzosek in his Ultimate Fighter exhibitions but because of visa issues wouldn’t fight in the Ultimate Fighter final. Easily would’ve been a Ulimate Fighter final winner and compete in the UFC right now but things in happen. Now fighting for Bellator.
Rogers lost to Daniel Weichel in a decision but was a GREAT fight. Weichel 39-11 record while Rogers had 15 pro fights. Rogers did well with striking that was a back & forth fight. Now Rogers can make a name of himself facing former UFC fighter Mads Burnell.
Mads Burnell 14-3 record 27 years old, 1-2 record with UFC but signed with Cage Warriors. Winning the Cage Warriors Featherweight title than signed with Bellator. Burnell on a five fight winning streak looking to make it six against Saul Rogers.
Mads Burnell taking advantage of the opportunity to fight for the 2nd best MMA promotion in the world. Defeating a VERY talented Saul Rogers helps in 2021, Looking for a Bellator Featherweight title.
Jay Jay Wilson
A lot of hype around the “Maori Kid” Jay Jay Wilson, Outstanding Jiu-Jitsu player. Black Belt World Champion at Alliance Jiu Jitsu under Johnny Faria at San Diego. 7-0 record at 23 years old defeated Ty-Wan Claxton, Sergio Debari and now facing Pedro Carvalho SBG Ireland prospect.
“[Carvalho] is definitely a big step up for me,” Wilson said. “He’s the biggest name I’ve fought, and I feel like I have more weapons to beat him.”
Toughest for the “Maori Kid”, However Jay Jay Wilson all around talent with developing striking skills. Will only get better from here with training!!
“I’m super excited about this fight,” Wilson told Cageside Press ahead of the fight. “[Carvalho]’s ranked the number four fighter, he’s no slouch. Fight camp has gone amazing, I’m feeling the greatest I’ve ever felt,” Wilson continued. “I’m ready to keep my undefeated streak going.”
Jay Jay gets passed Pedro Carvalho would be a great start to 2021. Gradual hype for the future Bellator star.
Overall Bellator 257 is a STACKED CARD top to bottom, One of the best Bellator cards in a while. Nemkov vs Davis, Corey Anderson second Bellator fight, Paul Daley vs Sabah Homasi, Steve Mowry, Viktor Nemkov.
Saul Rogers vs Mads Burnell Bellator Fight of the Night written all over it. TWO HIGH LEVEL fighters in a technical Featherweight Clash
PLEASE watch Belltor 257 helping out the fighters and Bellator becoming a close second to UFC.
Bellator continues to add depth to there roster signing world class fighters consistently last few years. Newest signings are two killers from different countries that can become top five fighters in their division in the future. Bellator signed Maycon Mendoca and Islam Mamedov.
Maycon Mendoca Current LFA Welterweight Champion after defeating Batsumberel Dagvadorj in a Welterweight Clash that earned him the LFA Welterweight Title. He’s a very good all around fighter at 28 years old, 11-4 record. Five fight winning streak after a three fight losing streak.
Wanted Bellator to sign Mendoca because he’d a be a GREAT addition to the Bellator Welterweight Division. Future matchups against Jason Jackson, Jaleel Willis, Logan Storley.
Maycon Mendonca trains at KINGS MMA with Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, Rafael Dos Anjos, Neiman Gracie.
Looking forward to Maycon Mendonca Bellator debut and who he matches up against.
“This guy’s a beast, man. I want to see this guy on a bigger show,” Neiman Gracie said.
Islam Mamedov Russian Lightweight savage, Dagestan born and raised fought for Professional Fighters League with Eight PFL/WSOF wins. Defeating current PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte, Former UFC fighter Thiago Tavares, Ylies Djiroun top French MMA prospect.
19-1 record, 31 years old entering Bellator in the prime of his career.
Mamedov is a combat sambo world champion, Ground & pound expert and looking to take his talents to Bellator. Competing with the best Lightweights from Patricky Pitbull, Goiti Yamaguchi. Training with Dagestan friends from Khabib, Islam, Umar, Usman and so many other great fighters.
Khabib replacing his father Abdulmunap as HEAD COACH, Trainer of Eagles MMA. Helping many Dagestan fighters achieve there MMA dreams. Looking to make Islam Mamedov a Bellator Lightweight title challenger.
Genuinely curious to see how Islam Mamedov matches up against Bellator Lightweight competition in July.
“I hope we’ll have fans again in the building in July,” Nurmagomedov stated. “I look forward to meeting the Bellator fans there and supporting Usman and Islam.”
One of the most underrated Lightweight fights of 2021 and best fights of the year is headlining One on TNT 2. Christian Lee current One Championship Lightweight Championship vs Timofey Nastyukhin.
Christian Lee vs Timofey Nastyukhin
Christian Lee, King of One Championship. Superstar of One Championship, Reigning over the Lightweight division defeated Former Deep Featherweight Champion, Kazuki Tokudome former Pancrase Lightweight Champion, Former Dream Lightweight Champion, One Championship Lightweight Champion.
Obviously a successful MMA career, Defeating top notch fighters. Former Champions but guess what he’s a kid 22 years old defeating fighters ten years older than him but Christian Lee part of the next generation of MMA fighters.
WORLD CLASS Lightweight facing Timofey Nastyukhin defeated Eddie Alvarez former UFC/Bellator Lightweight Champion in a unexpected loss but there was a lot of hype and discussion about Timofey being a talented Lightweight who trains at Tiger Muay Thai with Valentina Shevchenko, Petr Yan, Arman Tsarukyan and many other killers.
Timofey is a former FILA Pankration world champion, Defeated Eduard Folayang former URCC Welterweight Champion and Gold Medalist in Wushu.
Yeah so on paper this fight will be bananas!! Probably toughest challenge to date for Christian Lee as he ran through everyone since his four fight winning streak.
“Timofey and I, we are similar in a sense that we both go for the finish,” Lee said. “However, I feel that my skills are much greater in every area, so what I’m going to do is mix it up, play through the full range of mixed martial arts, and I feel that my game will match up with his, and I’ll be able to exploit a weakness.”
Christian Lee sees through Nastyukhin, Early finish. Beating him and continuing his One Championship Lightweight Title reign. Which is so crazy because he’s only 22 years old.
However I don’t think this fight will be a early finish for Christian Lee, Be a five round fight by decision. Worth their time watching a five round fight, TWO of the best Lightweights in the world.
“For me, I feel that I’m the No. 1 lightweight in the world,” Lee said. “I’m confident in my abilities. If all these top fighters weren’t signed to other organizations and we did a grand prix for all the top lightweights in the world, I feel like I would be sitting on top of that. I absolutely believe I would come out on top against any lightweight.”
Feel like if Christian Lee dominates, Masterpiece performance against Timofey Nastyukhin callout Eddie Alvarez. Defeats him he really should consider signing with Bellator or UFC. Proving #1 Lightweight in the world.
Timofey Nastyukhin defeats Christian Lee, Expect an automatic rematch which would be GREAT business for One Championship. Millions of views on TNT, Building the promotion of One Championship in North America.
Adam Borics the rising Bellator Featherweight on a three fight winning streak after defeating former UFC and PFL fighter Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 256. Fighting in a very tactical three round fight where the trial of error is limited.
Best win of his MMA career so far. Dealing with a tough loss against Darrion Caldwell but continuing to mature and grow as a fighter with Sanford MMA, Down at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I’ve been going to Florida since 2017,” Borics told the media. “Every time I went, I was staying just one month. This time I stayed two and a half months. I want to be the best in the world. I have so much motivation, I dream big. At Sanford MMA we are a family.”
“I have the best coaches in the world at Sanford MMA, so I’m ready for everybody,” he excalimed Friday.
Training at Sanford MMA with Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns, Formerly Kamaru Usman, Jason Jackson, Vicente Luque, Rumble Johnson, Martin Nguyen, Aung La Nsang and many more killers. Iron sharpens Iron, Makes everyone better including Adam Borics.
Now Borics is ready for a title, Awaiting the winner of Patricio Pitbull vs AJ McKee.
” I feel like I’m ready for a title shot I have eight or night fights with Bellator so yeah I would like to fight for the title next.”
“You know if it takes a while get back in there and Emmanuel Sanchez or someone else, Let’s see when’s the final.” Adam Borics
Hungry to fight three times a year, Looking to stay active instead of fighting once a year.
“I would like to fight one more or two times so I’m gonna fight just maximum three times a year because you know fighting in in 145 four times it’s a not easy cut you know.”
Cut is worth it fighting for the Bellator Featherweight title, Earning little more extra money because of a title fight. More sponsorship money.
Life changing fight if Adam Borics can defeat Patricio Pitbull or AJ McKee. Two of the best Featherweights in the world.
Summer of 2021 is when the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix should happen then the winner faces Adam Borics during fall.
Makes sense for Borics to get one more fight in before a title shot, Facing Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Weichel to name a few fighters.
My ultimate goal is to become a world champion. After that, I’m definitely going to help the next generation.”
Slovakia’s MMA superstar Ludovit Klein, Former Oktagon, Cage Warriors and ACB ( Now known as ACA) fighter. Before UFC was one of the best European Featherweight prospects, Now is 1-0 with UFC after knocking out City Kickboxing own Shane Young in the first round. Displaying a masterclass boxing performance that IMPRESSED me A LOT.
“That was the biggest dream in my life. I’m very happy,”
Now can Klein display another boxing performance against Ultimate Fighter Season 27 winner Mike Triziano on May 8th prelims of Dillashaw vs Sandhagen.
Ludovit Klein, UFC Featherweight prospect looking to breakout in 2021. Rising to the top 15 of the UFC Featherweight division and facing a Ultimate Fighter Winner definitely help him pursue his goals in 2021.
Klein born and raised in Slovakia but flew to Florida to train at one of the best MMA gyms in the world, Sanford MMA. Training with champions from Robbie Lawler, Great fighters like Gilbert Burns, Michael Chandler, Adam Borics. Learning new skills from one of the best coaches in the MMA game, Henri Hooft.
Training at Sanford MMA, WILL only make the “humble Conor McGregor” better. Leading to dominant performances like will see on May 8th against Mike Triziano.
“It was one of the best training camp in my life for sure.” Ludovit Klein
Since it was one of his best training camps expect a early finish from the first ever Slovakian UFC fighter. Ludovit Klein is flying under the radar right now but a highlight reel knockout with his smooth boxing skills can lead to it trending on social media. Millions of viewers watching the highlight over and over again.
Earning another 50k, Performance of the night bonus as his family, friends, Supporters back in Slovakia will be watching to cheer on there hero.
“I’m very proud to represent my country.” Ludovit Klein
Continue to represent Slovakia well on May 8th against Mike Triziano. Genuinely looking forward to this fight for Ludovit Klein, Watch out for him in 2021!!
Arnold Allen displayed another techincally skilled dominant performance against a world class talented Featherweight Sodiq Yusuff. Continues to get better and better with every fight, Arnold Allen won by unanimous decision. Congratulations to the “Almighty” Arnold Allen defeating the #11th UFC Featherweight.
Continuing his 8 fight UFC winning streak, Longest active winning streak in the UFC Featherweight Division.
Allen knocked down Yusuff with punches few times but didn’t get the knockout but a tactics fight it was. Hope no injuries for the British Gentleman assassin because I’d love to see him fight this Summer of 2021.
“Definitely want to go upwards and I think with this performance definitely should be upwards, I’ve had a few guys I was booked to fight that were ranked five or ten, So I mean why not push pass that and chase for something. ” Arnold Allen post fight interview
Arnold Allen vs the Loser of Korean Zombie vs Dan Ige
Arnold Allen continues to chase the Featherweight title in 2021, Defeated Sodiq Yusuff now can face the loser of Dan Ige vs Korean Zombie which will be a straight up brawl.
Korean Zombie #5th UFC Featherweight, Fan Favorite, Fight of the night King vs Arnold Allen the rising British Featherweight who needs a win against a name. Facing Korean Zombie in the UFC Pay-Per View Main Card, UFC ESPN Plus Headliner would be the perfect opportunity for Arnold Allen.
Defeating a WEC fighter memorable fight against Leonard Garica, UFC Featherweight Title challenger against Jose Aldo.
Dan Ige Xtreme Couture product, Heavy handed pitbull and alumni of the Daba Hot streak before the loss against Calvin Kattar. Defeated Edson Barboza, Mirsad Bektic, Kevin Aguilar, Danny Henry. Dan Ige vs Arnold Allen would be a great fight but Allen has the win. He’s the better all-around fighter.
Arnold Allen 2021 campaign
Facing two talented fighters like Korean Zombie or Dan Ige would be a great opportunity to move up the UFC rankings. UFC promoting Arnold Allen, More public relations to build the name of Arnold Allen. Not the biggest trash talker in the world but let the technical skilled winning doing the talking.
Getting the respect he deserves in 2021. Few more fights away from challenging for the UFC Featherweight title.
Ignacio Bahamondes Chile’s Top Ten prospects, Dana White Contender alumni making his UFC debut at 23 years old facing the UFC veteran John Makdessi.
Makdessi is a tough UFC Welterweight, Fighting since 2011 for UFC. Fought everyone from Donald Cerrone, Lando Vannata, Daron Cruickshank. Now faces the hungry Chilean Welterweight, Looking to defeat a UFC vet in a impress manner to jumpstart his UFC career.
“John is a very experienced fighter, (but) I also have my experience,” Bahamondes said. “He has more experience in the UFC, and that’s the biggest organization, so I think that’s the factor that’s most in his favor. But to be honest, my team and I couldn’t have asked for a better fight.
“This is a fight that’s going to push us to the limit and is going to position us very well in the division. So what better way to debut against John Makdessi, who’s a fighter people know. I’m ready to test myself and show what I got.”
Ignacio fought everywhere on the regional scene from Combate Americas, Legacy Fighting Alliance and Lux Fight League. Defeating Chris Brown not the Music superstar… Jon Jones teammate at JacksonWink at LFA 90 put Ignacio on notice.
Leading to fighting on the Dana White Contender Series defeating first round knockout artist Edson Gomez with a highlight kneel knockout in the second round.
Dana White loves offensive strikers and Ignacio Bahamondes is definitely a talented striker from Contender Series fight to watching him fight for LFA, Combate Americas.
Learning the tradition from his family members before him to be a world class striker!! Bahomondes family are a bunch of killers. Read this crazyness.
“His father, Manuel, began training in the striking arts at age 16. He is a former South American WKN kickboxing champion. He’s also a black belt in kempo karate and he’s run a karate academy in Santiago – Team Bahamondes – for almost 35 years.”
“Ignacio’s paternal grandfather was a professional boxer in Chile. And on his mother’s side, Ignacio’s great-grandfather, Raul Carabantes, was an accomplished Chilean boxer in the 1930s and ’40s. “El Estilista Valdiviano” retired with 82 professional bouts and was a South American champion. He also competed in Madison Square Garden in 1941, where he lost to Holman Williams. The Ring Magazine labeled Carabantes as the best Latin American boxer of his time.”
Bellator 256 prelims been entertaining to watch, Becoming a new fan of Nainoa Dung after a dominant boxing performance with sweet hooks to the body that even impressed John McCarthy and MauroRanallo. Boxing is his best skill and it really showed against a tough dude Mikey Williams who kept going after all those hard shots.
Naiona Dung stand out Bellator prospect on the Bellator 256 prelims, Lead to resigning with Bellator after that boxing performance. No more losing streak now!! Start a winning streak and a stand out 2021 season for the 22 year old kid.
“I’m still learning I’m still growing you know I’m 22 years old this was my sixth pro fight you know I’m a young veteran but just a student of the game ahead of my class.” Naiona Dung Post Fight Press Conference Bellator 256
Best performance yet for the Sanford MMA product under the tutelage of MMA Coach Henri Hooft, Training with a handful of killers from Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns, Omar Morales, Vicente Luque, Adam Borics, Michael Johnson, Jason Jackson.
Learning from the killers of Sanford MMA helped him deal with losses, Understanding how to be a professional but still only 22 years old fighting for the second best MMA promotion in the world.
“In my past fights I felt like I was not only fighting my opponent but fighting myself you know just being young on this big stage like not too many people say but it’s scary you know like I’ll admit it and like but once I step in that cage everything goes away and I’m just doing what I love which is fighting.” Nainoa Dung Bellator 256.”
Hawaii is a talented country of warriors from BJ Penn, Max Holloway, Illima-Lei Macfarlane, Brad Tavares, Ray Cooper, Dan Ige, Yancy Medeiros and now Naiona Dung. Following the footsteps of the talented Hawaiian strikers.
Genuinely looking forward to Nainoa Dung’s 2021 season, Man I was impressed with his win tonight. No brainer for Bellator to resign him and match him up against quality Bellator opponents.
Bright future for Nainoa Dung, Future Bellator Lightweight contender as Bellator continues to promote and build up the prospect.
UFC on ABC 2 Marvin Vettori vs Kevin Holland Main Event but the Co Main Event is what I’m truly excited about Arnold Allen vs Sodiq Yusuff, Two high level Featherweight rising stars fighting each other in a anticipated matchup. Every hardcore MMA fan is watching this fight.
Since I started watching UFC obsessively last three years had my eyes on Arnold Allen since he defeated Makwan Amirkhani. Arnold Allen is a special all around talent from England who switches camps from BKK Fighters in England than with Tristar Gym in Montreal. Yes coached by the Phil Jackson of MMA… Firas Zahabi.
Technical All-Around fighter who continues to get better with every performance. One of the rising stars for the UFC roster in general and one of the most underrated fighters on the roster at the same.
“I like being the dark horse in the division,” Allen said. “It’s nice.”
Risen his way to the top ten of the UFC Featherweight Division defeating Gilbert Melendez, Mads Burnell, Nik Lentz under the tutelage of Firas Zahabi.
Now in the prime of his career at 27 years old looking to make a push for the UFC Featherweight Title in 2021 just needs to get passed the #11 Sodiq Yusuff who last fought and won against Andre Fili at UFC 246.
“I was a bit surprised. Obviously, I was supposed to fight Stephens, and I was expecting another veteran like that, you know – something like that or Stephens [himself],” Allen said during the UFC Vegas 23 Media day this week. “Nothing was happening, and then we got offered Sodiq, and I was like, ‘you know what?’ Yeah, that’s a perfect match-up.’”
British gentleman assassin who can be a supporting character in Peaky Blinders or a Guy Ritchie British gangster movie can definitely beat Sodiq Yusuff the #11th Featherweight but you can’t look pass the Nigerian born but Maryland raised as he trains at Team Lloyd Irvin and has wins over Andre Fili, Sheymon Moraes and Gabriel Benitez.
Don’t expect a dominant one side whoooping from Arnold Allen as both fighters are here to FIGHT, Bring there best skills on ABC channel. Expect a 29-28 win for Arnold Allen, Easily the biggest win of his MMA career that can propel him forward in the rankings.
“This is huge,” Allen told MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s UFC on ABC 2 media session at the UFC Apex. “I think this is bigger than the fights with the big names, you know? Like, this is me against another big prospect isn’t it? It’s like proving time.”
Spotlight on for Arnold Allen, Co Main Event on ABC Network. Millions of viewers watching this fight, Especially Dana White, Sean Shelby sitting in front row. Impress the boss and take advantage of the oppurtunity.
“I’m glad they put us on the Co-Main Event because I feel we deserve it.”
Well deserving of a Co-Main Event slot but defeating Sodiq Yusuff can earn the British gentleman a Main Card Pay-Per View slot!!
Absolute Championship Akhmat leading MMA promotion having another event ACA 121, Stacking CARD with world class fighters that will sign with UFC, Bellator, PFL or One Championship in the next few years.
Nikola Dipchikov 20-7 record at 36 years old vs Magomedrasul Gasanov 15-2 record at 27 years old for the ACA Interim Middleweight Title.
Gasanov upcoming Russian Middleweight prospect defeated Respected Russian Middleweight Artem Frolov, Former M1-Challenge Middleweight Champion. Life changing moment for the 27 year old to win the ACA Middleweight Title.
Amirkhan Adaev one of my favorite Russian prospects for 2021, World CLASS fighter has the fight of his life at ACA 121 facing Hacran Dias. Hacran Dias former UFC fighter, Making his second appearance with ACA.
Adaev taekwondo fighting style, Not the biggest puncher more of a technical accurate striker with talented grappling that executes the wins. Six fight winning enter the fight with Hacran Dias. Defeating talented fighter from the 33-12 Vener Galiev, Former PFL fighter Brian Foster and Efrain Escuedero former UFC fighter.
Win against Dias will only boost Adaev’s name as UFC or Bellator will be calling his manager to sign him. Leading to ACA Lightweight Title Shot in 2021. Adaev will have a promising future I guarantee it!!
Alikhan Suleymanov vs Kurban Taygibov
Alikhan Suleymanov 12-3 Russian Featherweight trains out Russian Powerhouse Gym Berkut FC. Talented Featherweight prospect with nasty striking impressed by the way he carved up Ermek Tlauov with leg kicks and punches. Tough grappler as well but all Russians are basically. One of the best 100 Featherweights in the world.
Alikhan’s opponent is Eagles MMA prospect… YES where Khabib, Zabit and Islam, Nurmagomedov’s train for fun. Lost his last fight because of arm injury but this dude is a talented SAMBO fighter, Standout win against Former ACA Featherweight Champion Felipe Froes. Reminds me of Eddie Alvarez and Frankie Edgar he just has that DAWG in him that will see against Alkihan.
Definitely a Featherweight fight to watch.
Belarus Lightweight Prospect at 24 years old 6-0 record, Combat Sambo Belarus National Team fighter. Combat Sambo Champion is a underrated Eastern Europe prospect but fighting for ACA, Defeating tough Russian savages and climbing up the rankings will help him get there.
Watched his fight at Fight Nights Global, Solid All-Around fighter from the Muay Thai clinch game, Hitting knees well, Defending takedowns. Going in and out of sprawls that were fun to watch. Looks like a seasoned fighter just needs more experience. He’s a killer and one of the Belarus prospects to watch.
Handful prospects to watch at ACA 121, Watching Future Champions looking to prosper for Absolute Championship Akhmat.
Maxim Shvets Ukraine #1 Welterweight Prospect 18-3 record at 27 years old is making his Eagle Fighting Championship debut fighting all over Russia. Besides being a successful MMA fighter, Kickboxing champion and Combat Sambo World Champion. All-Around successful fighter who can make it to the big shows like UFC, Bellator and One Championship.
Shvets dominated former UFC fighter Leandro Silva, American Top Team product in a impressive showing from grappling to selective striking. Earning the respect from MMA journalist to defeat a former UFC fighter in a dominant way. Staying composed throughout the five rounds as Shvets knew he can spread his name around the MMA world if he can defeat a Former UFC fighter. Up for the challenge OF COURSE.
Before fighting Silva defeated Brazilian Welterweight prospect Flavio Pina 16-3 record at the time, Choked him out in the second round.
Shvets now on a 7 fight winning streak looking to extend his winning streak to 8 wins as he defeats Zaur Isaev 10-2 who defeated Alexander Butenko 49-13 record in the first round, Back in 2019.
Looking to win another title, MMA title before signing with UFC. Khabib owning the promotion, Ali Abdelaziz as his manager he can help many fighters sign with UFC. Maxim Shvets one of those fighters who can compete in the UFC. Defeating tough Welterweight veterans.
Watch out for Maxim Shvets 2021 season as he earns a title shot for Eagle Fighting Championship, Future EFC Welterweight Champion.
Usman Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s 22 year old cousin created a striking masterpiece at Bellator 255. Blown away by his performance as he’s only a 22 year old kid but Bellator Lightweight Champion potential written all over him as time goes on. Impressed by the way he fought as everyone at American Kickboxing Academy has HIGH hopes for the young man.
“This guy he’s well rounded everywhere, Expect Father’s Plan to be executed to perfection with this kid he’s got it all.”
“With (the) signing of Usman Nurmagomedov, we are making it clear that Bellator is home to the best fighters on the planet and an organization where the sport’s future stars are coming to compete. I am thrilled to have Usman join the promotion and he will be placed in an immediate position to showcase his skills and contend at 155 pounds.” Scott Coker Bellator Promoter and President
The guy to really look out for right now that nobody knows about is Usman Nurmagomedov — Khabib’s younger brother [cousin]. He’s 10-0, all finishes. He’s an absolute killer. He’s a Muay Thai specialist and he’s Khabib’s brother, you understand? If you have the same blood as Khabib, you have good wrestling. I’m telling you, he is actually a better version than Khabib. He is better than Khabib. I’m telling you, people should watch for him. He’s an absolute killer.He’s got it all. He’s got the striking, he’s got the grappling, he’s got the jiu-jitsu, he’s got the look, he’s got the swagger.” Ali Abdelaziz
Genuinely looking forward to Usman Nurmagomedov next fight and 2021 campaign, Fought a tough savage in Mike Hamel love to see him fight top 15-top 25 Lightweight, Top Lightweight prospects similar way Bellator did with Aaron Pico.
Sidney Outlaw underrated Bellator Lightweight 2-1 Bellator record 15-4 record 28 years old. Defeated Roger Huerta, Adam Piccolotti, Cesar Balmaceda in a catchweight fight at CFFC 74. Trains at American Top Team with Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier, Yoel Romero, Edson Barboza. Basically a bunch of killers to ruin your day but make your day better.
Outlaw vs Usman Nurmagomedov would be a SICK SICK fight to watch. Outlaw very talented fighter the fight against Michael Chandler never should’ve happened but it happened.
Myles Jury former UFC Veteran, 19-5 record. Two more fights on Bellator deal. Defeated Brandon Girtz and Georgi Karakhanyan in his Bellator career. Jury vs Nurmagomedov would be a fun fight to watch. Facing a UFC fighter, Experienced fighter.
Signing Troy Lamson add some depth to the Bellator Lightweight division easily. 13-4 record, Defeated Robert Hale a former PFL fighter. Trains at Sanford MMA with Robbie Lawler, Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson, Michael Chandler. Lamson vs Usman be a fun fight to watch, Facing one of the best Lightweight prospects in the United States.
Bellator veteran, 12-4 record. Fought everyone from Benson Henderson, Sidney Outlaw, Goiti Yamaguchi. Nice fight to build your name off. Defeating a tough dude who gives a challenge to Usman.
Usman Nurmagomedov 2021 Campaign
Usman Nurmagomedov 2021 campaign definitely looking forward to it, If Usman isn’t injured June or July latest I’d love to see him fight a quality talented opponent who can challenge Usman because once again this kid is talented. Coaches from Javier Mendez, Khabib and Umar Nurmagomedov on the side. All faith in the world with him being the next GREAT Nurmagomedov.
AKA head coach Javier Mendez was immediately blown away when he first saw him in action and believes he’s the most ‘gifted fighter’ he’s ever had.
Magomed Magomedov dominant performance at Bellator 255, Rear naked choke in the second round. Showing his talents against replacement Cee-Jay Hamilton as he was no match for the Russian killer.
Fight wasn’t even close as Magomedov suplexed Hamilton end of the first round. Constant pressure from grappling to ground & pound. Magomedov continues to impress me.
Magomedov ranked #5 in the new Bellator Bantamweight rankings but no way in hell he should be!! This dude is a stud and a half. Defeating Petr Yan once and having one of the best Bantamweight fights ever at ACB 57. Watched ACB 57, Twenty times so far because of the high level striking, sprawls, grappling exchanges. Every MMA fan needs to watch this fight.
“I should be even higher”
Fought two tough opponents in his Bellator career from Mattheus Mattos and Cee-Jay Hamilton. Time for a top five opponent.
“I would like to fight someone from the top five I want to fight forward, Want to tell Archuleta I’m coming for him.” Magomed Magomedov
Training with killers with Zabit Magomedsharipov, Marlon Moraes, Cody Garbrandt, Frankie Edgar, Eddie Alvarez and coached by one of the best MMA coaches Mark Henry. Respected A LOT by the MMA world and MMA fighters because of he’s a striking coach genius.
“I take a lot from him and he gave me a lot of advice. He showed me a lot of my mistakes on the ground. I would like to be on the ground like Khabib and on my feet like Zabit.”
“I’m grateful that they accepted me in their camp and allowed me to train with them. It was a great camp – you saw a lot of things on the ground tonight that I learned in this camp.
Top Ten Bellator Bantamweights all facing each other at Bellator 258m Juan Archuleta is defending his Bellator Bantamweight Title for the first time against Sergio Pettis in a highly touted MMA fight to watch at Bellator 258. Magomedov can jump over the top five Bantamweights and challenge for a title next. I’d love to see Archuleta vs Magomedov, Constant pressure from both fighters. Two savages who train with some of the best fighters in the world as Archuleta trains with TJ Dillashaw, Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega.
Magomedov can face former UFC flyweight Sergio Pettis, Defeating a world class fighter. Former UFC fighter to build his legacy. Place his name on the map.
Third Slot Main Card fight is James Gallagher vs Patchy Mix which is a fight I’m very curious about to see how talented Gallagher is because Mix is no joke, Eyes on him for a while since his time as King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion.
Raufeon Stots vs Josh Hill Prelims of Bellator 258, Top Ten Bantamweights facing each other. Both highly skilled, World Class fighters. Every MMA fan needs to watch this fight. Josh Hill and Raufeon Stots are both underrated fighters. Stots Division 2 All-American wrestler at University of Nebraska- Kearney. Stots can be a challenge to Magomedov because of his wrestling background.
Stots before signing with Bellator was one of the best Bantamweight prospects. Josh Hill, Former Ultimate Fighter contestant, Former PFL fighter who defeated Bekbulat Magomedov. Two wins under Bellator defeating former UFC fighter Erik Perez & tough fighter Vinicius Zani.
Overall Magomedov deserves a top five opponent next, No disrespect to former opponents but he’s so good. All-Around special Dagestan talent. Future Bellator Bantamweight Champion and will see him win the title in 2021.
Bellator 255 Tonight Headliner is Patricio Pitbull vs Emmanuel Sanchez Featherweight Grand Prix Semi-Final Fight. Bellator 255 is STACKED no lie top to bottom. Extremely excited for this card and Bellator’s upcoming cards.
Prospects to watch on this card that are potential Title Contenders, Top five fighters in there division for Bellator. Core fighters for Bellator in the future.
One of the young bloods for the Bellator Heavyweight Division, Fortune facing Jack May as Matt Matrione withdrew from the fight. Perfect fight for Fortune to fight a UFC Vet like Mitroine. However he can dominate Jack May the top Heavyweight prospect from the Northeast. May and Fortune fought each other back at Bellator 245 but no contest because of accidental low blow.
Leading to trash talking lately by Fortune and May on Instagram.
“If someone starts disrespecting you, you feel motivated to put them in their place,” Fortune said. “That’s really all it is. I’m not a disrespectful person. I’m not going to message somebody and talk sh*t to them just because I want to fight them, especially if I was already in the cage with them. I think it’s just a dumb ploy on his part.”
“I was like, ‘Put Jack May up in here because this p*ssy wants to keep talking. He wants to fight me, obviously,’” Fortune said. “He already had his opportunity and he quit, so let’s give him another one.”
Fortune can now put a stamp on May’s name with a dominant performance with grappling as he was an All-American wrestler at Grand Canyon University. Mixing that with training at Sanford MMA with a bunch of killers from Gilbert Burns, Michael Chandler, Vicente Luque, Rumble Johnson and many more killers can lead to a significant year for Fortune.
Bellator has a lot of hype on the 30 year old Heavyweight. Defeat May to start off 2021 the right way leading to fighting tougher Heavyweight opponents. Rematch with Timothy Johnson doesn’t hurt or a fight against Matt Mitrione.
Usman Nurmagomedov, Lineage of the Nurmagomedov family. Khabib’s cousin, Similar body style but a different fighting style. Usman focuses on kickboxing. Trains at American Kickboxing Academy with Khabib, Islam Makhachev, Luke Rockhold, Ed Ruth and many upcoming prospects.
Javier Mendez compares Usman Nurmagomedov to Luke Rockhold, Claiming Usman is going to be a Bellator superstar!!
Bellator debut is on the Main Card, Facing Mike Hamel. Hamel split decision loss against Adam Borics. Hamel is a tough dude but will see a dominant impressive performance. Showing he’s one of the next great Nurmagomedov’s.
“I have my debut, I have my opponent and after that we will see,” Nurmagomedov said. “Of course I would like to be a champion and I would like to be a champion in every organization I fight in.”
“He’s 10-0, all finishes. He’s an absolute killer. He’s a Muay Thai specialist and he’s Khabib’s brother, you understand? If you have the same blood as Khabib, you have good wrestling. I’m telling you, he is actually a better version than Khabib. He is better than Khabib. I’m telling you, people should watch for him. He’s an absolute killer. He’s got it all. He’s got the striking, he’s got the grappling, he’s got the jiu-jitsu, he’s got the look, he’s got the swagger.” Ali Abdelaziz Khabib’s Manager
Magomed Magomedov ONLY fighter to defeat Petr Yan, Former ACB Bantamweight Champion. All-Around Talent easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world. 17-1 record, Dominated Mattheus Mattos in his Bellator debut. Second fight against Cee Jay Hamilton, Top Ten Bantamweight prospect with a 15-7 record. Talented fighter but Hamilton has his hands full against a world class Russian savage.
Ranked #5 Bellator Bantamweight but should be ranked #2 or #3 Bantamweight but with a few more wins we can see his ranking increase.
“I didn’t show my full skill set in that fight but this time I’m very prepared I don’t have any injuries I feel very great and I’m looking for a finish and I will guarantee you this fight will be very entertaining for the fans. “
Definitely looking forward to Magomedov’s second appearance, Going to be a great one!!
Team Alpha Male product 5-0 impressed me a lot fighting Vladimir Tokov in a great prelim fight that went back & forth. Now Chris Gonzalez facing Roger Huerta once was the next big thing, Cover of Sports Illustrated but gradually went down hill. However still fighting 24-12 record faced off Eddie Alvarez, Benson Henderson, Gray Maynard.
See if Gonzalez has what it takes to defeat the MMA veteran Roger Huerta.
“At the end of the day it’s all about getting your hand raised. I’m always going to happy with myself for getting the job done, whether it’s a highlight finish or a tough fight.”
“I’m always working on things that I need to improve on and keep the white belt mentality, but the game plan is always the same: go in there and create pressure, hit him more than he hits me, end up on top, ground and pound him and get him out of there or do that for 15 minutes straight.”
Bellator is back!! Bellator 255 is a stacked card from main event to prelims. Co Main Event Neiman Gracie vs Jason Jackson. Fight of the night written all over it. TWO of the best Bellator Welterweights facing each other.
Genuinely excited for this FIGHT, Two future Bellator Welterweight title challengers.
“If it is done right, then I am glad Bellator is doing this,” Gracie told us. “It’ll be great to see who is fighting for a title, who should fight who next. To be a top five in the Bellator welterweight division is amazing, it is the toughest division in Bellator.” Neiman Gracie
Neiman Gracie part of the next generation of Gracie’s. Impressive wins upsetting Ed Ruth and defeating Jon Fitch. Lost to Rory MacDonald but showed a lot of promise. Neiman is now #3rd ranked Welterweight while Jason Jackson is #6 Bellator Welterweight.
Neiman obviously a great grappler but training at one of the best MMA gyms Kings MMA. Coached by Rafael Cordeiro one the best MMA coaches. Trained Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rafael Dos Anjos, Rafael Dos Anjos. Neiman training with Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, Rafael Dos Anjos during training weeks.
Gradually becoming one of the best Welterweights on the planet. Gradually improving his striking and overall game.
“I think what happens there is something that Master Rafael Cordeiro says, that champions just walk around with champions,” Gracie said. “We surround ourselves with people who have the same mentality and the same mindset and the same goal and everybody is pushing everyone forward. I think it makes a difference.”
“Jason’s a good opponent. He’s very good, he’s a good striker and he has a good takedown defense,” Gracie said. “I feel that he’s pretty good everywhere, but if I’m able to get the fight where I want and get the positions I w ant on the floor, I believe that nobody in the world is safe. And I can beat any one of them.”
Neiman can defeat a Penn-State All American wrestler, One of the best College Wrestlers he can stop Jackson’s takedowns.
Confident in his abilities if Jackson is on the floor, Jackson definitely will be in trouble there. Neiman looking forward to showing Bellator fans he’s READY for a title shot.
Jason Jackson former LFA Welterweight Champion and Titan FC Welterweight Champion. Pursuing to win the Bellator Welterweight Title. Becoming one of the best Welterweights on the planet. Training with some of the best Welterweights on the planet at Sanford MMA. Formerly with Kamaru Usman now trains at Trevor Witmann’s Gym. Trains currently with Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque, Logan Storley and Michael Chandler.
No boring training partners as “Iron sharpens Iron”. All the hard sparring days leading to the success in his Bellator career. Split Decision lost to Ed Ruth than defeating Kiichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson and look to defeat Neiman Gracie.
“It was an amazing feeling, knowing that I’ve seen this guy in every promotion there is and maintained top fighter [status],” Jackson told FanSided MMA. “So it’s a good feeling to know that [I have] a name like Benson Henderson under belt.”
Expected Jason Jackson to be top 3 Welterweight easily, Replacing Neiman or Michael “Venom” Page. Time to prove the journalist wrong he’s a top three Welterweight.
I’m kind of confused myself by the rankings,” he continued, not understanding how he dropped to the #6 spot in the newly unveiled official rankings after the promotion originally had him ranked in the top five. “I’ve just got to fight. I’ve got a big opportunity to fight the number three guy, which I consider number one. And once I beat him, then there’s no more question.”
Jackson disadvantaged with the Jiu-Jitsu but training hard at Sanford MMA to make sure grappling won’t be an issue.
“No secret to that [Gracie’s strategy]. I have to be stingy, make him wrestle when I want to wrestle,” Jackson said. “Definitely been working with Rory MacDonald a lot get some good insight and working with the legend — Robbie Lawler — and working with the best striking coach, best wrestling coach. Sanford MMA’s got everything you need.
Winning a fight, Co-Main Event Fight at Bellator 255 in front of a new audience at Showtime. Time to steal the show, Calling out Douglas Lima, Yaroslav Amosov. However NEEDS a Impressive Performance to win and get the respect he deserves.
Terrance McKinney headlining the LFA 109 event facing Michael Irizarry Ortiz Puerto Rican Lightweight prospect. Michael Irizarry Ortiz is in for a rude awakening as Terrance McKinney is red hot right now with two back to back 1st round knockouts under 30 seconds.
Cheering for Terrance McKinney as a young man was hanging out with friends getting into trouble. Drinking and experimenting with drugs, Lead to chased by cops and Terrance going through the cops window. Almost dying inside the ambulance truck but someone from above was looking out for him.
Now Terrance McKinney several years later is fighting for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, VERY close to signing with UFC or Bellator.
“I honestly didn’t know what happened,” McKinney recalled. “I thought I was still sitting on the couch tripping. It felt like I just woke up from a dream. I didn’t even know how I got to the hospital. I was like, ‘What the heck did I do? I’m at the hospital.’ I was freaking out. ‘What happened?’ I didn’t know what was going on. I had random people’s clothes on and a poop stain from being Tased.”
“It would mean the world to me, but this is just another fight for me,” McKinney said. “I’ve got bigger goals than that. My goal is to have the UFC belt. Until then, I’m not satisfied. Until then, I’ll be working three practices a day until I get to where I really want to be.
Highlight reel knockouts definitely lead to UFC matchmakers and Bellator matchmakers giving Terrance a call. Dana White loves entertaining fighters.
Askar Askar one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world, Especially in the United States. 11-1 record at 26 years old. Signed with UFC but because of medical issues couldn’t fight Cody Stamann in his UFC debut.
Defeating a talented Justin Wetzell 6-1 record, Product out of Elevation Fight Team.
Back to Back LFA wins can lead to Askar signing with UFC or Bellator.
“Now that Ramadan just ended, I knew in my mind that I was going to fight sometime in June,” Askar said. “I was thinking late June, maybe mid-June, but it came early June. So I wasn’t mad at it, you know what I mean? I just had to put myself right in the camp. But, yeah, if I win this, I see, you know, either Contender Series or a late-notice call, you know? In my mind, I’m going to try to stay as ready as possible after, you know?”
Ante Delija dark horse of the PFL Heavyweight Division is one of the best European Heavyweight Prospect. Record of 17-3 at 30 years old. Protégé of Mirko Cro Cop, Trains at Gladiator Cage in Croatia.
Delija fought in the biggest European MMA Promotion, KSW. Defeating Oli Thompson former UFC & Bellator Heavyweight. Defeated Ricardo Prasel former Aspera FC Heavyweight Champion at Rizin 10. Valentijn Overeem at Night of the Gladiators 9.
Big wins before signing with Professional Fighters League.
Delija is a all around balanced fighter but is a MONSTER with ground & pound. Once his opponents drop to the floor it’s game… set… match. VERY GOOD ground & pound.
Delija is a monster at six foot five, I believe can compete in the PFL Heavyweight final. Under the radar prospect as there’s Fabricio Werdum, Justin Willis, Mohammed Usman but he can breakout under this PFL Heavyweight Tournament.
Facing Bruno Henrique Cappelozza former Rizin fighter, Jungle Fight fighter. Looking forward to Ante Delija second fight with Professional Fighters League.