Wood vs Nurmagomedov was a fight to be excited for Nathaniel Wood. Fighting one of the best Russian prospects, One of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world. Defeating a talented Bantamweight like Umar Nurmagomedov would boost Nathaniel Wood’s moral and give him top ten matchups.
End the year fighting John Dodson in a rematch. Revenging his loss as Wood admits to making mistakes and looking pass Dodson. However it’s a different story.
“John Dodson hat’s off to him, he beat me that night, but I’ve come away now and I’ve improved as a fighter,” Wood said. “I’ve looked at the holes in my game and I’ve worked on them and now I’m not going to be rushing. I’m not going to be going in there trying to finish the fight desperately. I’m going to pick my shots, pick him apart and look for the finish when it comes.”
Raufeon Stots Bellator Bantamweight prospect wants tougher competition, Asking for top Bantamweight opponents but in the past claims fighters like James Gallagher turned down fights.
Stots may be on to something when it comes to fighters avoiding him. With Mix lined up with Juan Archuleta from the looks of things, he made a play to land a fight with James Gallagher. “The StrabAnimal” declined.
Since Stots been asking for tougher opponents, Fighting James Gallagher this summer at the fightsphere. James Gallagher needs tougher competition as well fighting lower level fighters to challenge for a Bellator Bantamweight Title.
Stots vs Gallagher can be a main event fight, main card fight viewers watching two potential Bellator Bantamweight Champions.
Jason Jackson coming off a significant dominant 30-27 win against Jordan Mein. Best win of his Bellator career, Riding high on a two fight winning streak. Back to back wins against tough veteran fighters. Looking forward to the next fight for the Bellator Welterweight prospect.
“I learned so much from the Ed Ruth fight,” said Jackson, who lost a decision to the Bellator standout in his promotional debut in October 2019. “Even though I felt like I won the fight, that’s a lesson that came to me.”
Jason Jackson since he’s becoming the veteran killer lately can fight another UFC veteran Erick Silva. Silva fought the whose who of fighters and Jason Jackson defeating another veteran will help his Bellator career moving forward.
Larkin one of the best Welterweights in the world leaving the UFC to sign with Bellator is on a 4 fight winning streak. Interesting fight between two all around welterweights. Fight that can build Jason Jackson’s name see where he’s at against the best of the best.
Ed Ruth Rematch
Jason Jackson vs Ed Ruth happened already at Bellator 231. Jason Jackson lost by split decision but some believe including Jason himself thinks he won that close three round fight. Since the win was controversial. Schedule this fight again at the fightsphere between Bellator welterweight prospects.
Chimaev definitely doesn’t lack the confidence as it’s a key to becoming a UFC Welterweight Champion. Doesn’t lack training at a top gym as well.
Chimaev trains at All Star Training Center with Alexander Gustafsson, Illir Latifi, David Teymur, Daniel Teymur.
“Very good, he’s a future world champ for sure,” said Gustafsson, who trains out of Allstars Gym in Stockholm with Chimaev. “He loves this, this is his life. He’s gonna go all the way. He’s my main sparring partner right now. He pushes me all day.
Tom Aspinall 27 year old Heavyweight prospect with high level boxing from sparring with Tyson Fury and Darren Till will have a long successful career in the UFC. Don’t think it will be a three fight UFC career but a UFC Heavyweight Title run.
I want to have a run at the title and win the title. I don’t want to just go in and then get knocked out and leave straight away and get back to square one. I’m trying to learn from other people’s mistakes, especially UK guys. A lot of UK guys go in, win one, lose two and that’s it; they’re gone and you never hear from them again. I didn’t want to be that guy.”
Aspinall all around heavyweight with high level boxing, quickness for a Heavyweight, Brown Belt in BJJ, 3 Time British BJJ Champion, Success in Cage Warriors gives me the reason for prospect to watch. Heavyweight prospect to keep an eye on in 2020.
Rhys Mckee short notice fight against Khamzat Chimaev who dominated John Phillips in his UFC debut. Everyone is high on Chimaev but Rhys McKee is my prospect to watch because he’s the former BAMMA Lightweight Champion, Fights for Cage Warriors.
McKee is a savage and a talented fighter, Will see McKee defeat Chimaev and rise in 2020.
“I never would have signed that contract unless I was coming home with anything less than a win. Again, I’m really not here to get a nice new tracksuit. I’m here to take the win.”
Ty-Wan Claxton Bellator 242 Fighter to Watch, Division 2 All- American wrestler and Division One wrestler at the University of Ohio is fighting Bellator Featherweight prospect Jay Jay Wilson.
Jay Jay Wilson 5-0 record as Ty-Wan has 6-1 record. Prospect fight I’m looking forward to but Claxton will win this fight, Impress Scott Coker and the Bellator matchmakers to match him against top Bellator featherweights.
“I’m going to stop him,” he stated. “If he makes it to the second round, he’ll be done in the second. I’ll finish him in the second, maybe ground and pound most likely because I have a feeling he’s going to be trying to pull guard a lot. He says he wants to stand and bang, but I don’t think he wants to stand and bang, but I do.”
Claxton confident in skills as he trains at some of the best fighters in the world at Elevation Fight Team. Training at Elevation Fight Team and his athletic talents even complimented by Kenny Florian.
“I spent the time throughout COVID seeing where I was going to lay my roots and I decided to do that Denver,” Claxton said during the Bellator 242 media day on Wednesday. After being stuck with fellow fighter A.J. Matthews in lockdown, “I grew a lot during the quarantine,” he added. “I think that it was kind of a blessing in disguise for me to be able to slow down, not be fighting as much, and grow as a fighter. It was all positive things.”
Watch a new improved Ty-Wan Claxton Friday night, Show the new tools in the tool shed that he’s worked on since Covid-19. Show the Bellator viewes that he isn’t just a wrestler but a all around Featherweight.
Ricky Bandejas Bellator Bantamweight has the biggest fight of his life against Sergio Pettis. Headlining Bellator 242 tonight. Sergio Pettis is a world class fighter went to a decision against Henry Cejudo, Defeated Joseph Benavidez.
Pettis favorite against Ricky Bandejas but I believe Bandejas surprises the odd makers with a knockout against Sergio Pettis. Bandejas is confident in himself as well.
“I’m excited,” Bandejas said. “He’s been in there with the best and mixed up with the best guys at bantamweight and at 125, so I get to test myself against him. It’s going to be exciting.”
Looking to continue to his two fight winning streak as he transferred gyms over to American Top Team. Finally seeing the success come along, The hard work training at powerhouse gym American Top Team.
“The biggest misconception is I don’t want people thinking I left because I lost twice in a row. This is something I was always thinking about and I think this is going to help. I just needed some change, you know, I was stuck in a rut and that’s it. I’ve come here (to ATT) and I can start fresh. Let’s hope I can rattle off a kill streak.”
Fabio Cherant Light Heavyweight prospects trains at Sityodtong Boston, Contestant on the Dana White Contender Series. Cherant is fighting Erick Murray Jr at LFA 86.
“Knocking him the f*ck out. You know the fight game is a strange game, anything can happen. I just see myself hurting him really early and I’m not gonna explain how or what I’m gonna do, I just see myself hurting him really early. Do I capitalize? I don’t know I just see myself finishing the fight.”
Kelvin Gastelum riding high… Now riding low after a three fight losing streak. Sucks to see for Kelvin because he’s such a talented fighter with all the potential to become a UFC Middleweight or UFC Welterweight Champion which to me is the better option.
Gastelum Down to Welterweight
Kelvin Gastelum needs a change, Not change gyms but a drop down in weight. Fighting in the Middleweight division is too hard for him. Fighting against Till, Adesanya, Romero. Drop down to welterweight he’ll fit perfect there.
Be faster, Little bit stronger than some of the welterweights. His punches will be more effective. Kelvin fighting at 185 pounds at five foot nine is too small.
Kelvin Gastelum moving down to welterweight we can see challenge for a UFC Welterweight Title. Imagine the fights against Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman. Return to welterweight in his next fight.
Watch the Kelvin Gastelum of old who defeated Jacare Souza and knocked out Michael Bisping.
However to drop down to welterweight NEEDS to have a strict diet, Lay off the junk food most of the time. Love to see Kelvin build some muscle, Lose some baby fat. Be in the best shape of his life entering his athletic prime.
Kelvin Gastelum can stand and bang with Israel Adesanya for five rounds than he CAN fight the best welterweights in the world.
“I know people at home are going through worse things than I ever was, going through their own personal battles. Here I am on the other side. I worked through my own personal demons. I’m OK.”
Battling some personal demons after the Till loss and I’m sure is dealing with problems again but I hope he stays strong mentally because he’s that talented. Please move down a weight class and fight in the welterweight division.
Rafael Fiziev impressively defeated Marc Diakiese, Outstriked him in the three rounds. Blown away by his performance and really looking forward to his next fight. Who should Fiziev fight next?
What a sick fight this would be in my opinion, Vanatta vs Fiziev. Vanatta is a very TOUGH Lightweight, Remembered for his fight against Tony Ferguson. Lando will be a intriguing challenge to Fiziev. Fiziev vs Vanatta has fight of the night potential.
Bobby Green biggest win of his career was his last against UFC Legend Clay Guida. Now Bobby Green can fight a UFC prospect. Bobby Green 25-10 record with a lot of experience can test Fiziev’s IQ see where he’s at currently. Love this fight as well.
Coming off two significant wins off AKA prospect Luis Pena and Devonte Smith. Worthy is a rising Lightweight at 33 years old. He’s a talented fighter, Be the biggest challenge for Rafael Fiziev. Worthy vs Fiziev be a stand up fight for three rounds, See the new tools in the tool shed for Rafael Fiziev.
Overall I’m looking forward to Rafael Fiziev next fight and the future for this man, Truly blown away with his kicks. Potential to become a UFC Lightweight Champion.
Rhys Mckee Northern Ireland top prospect Cage Warriors Welterweight and former BAMMA Lightweight Champion signed with the UFC. Dream has become a reality, UFC debut is against Khamzat Chimaev. Grapple heavy fighter.
Khamzat Chimaev is the favorite in this fight as he dominated John Phillips in his UFC debut. Even though Chimaev is a talented wrestler I believe that Rhys Mckee will get the win on July 25th.
See a third round finish for Rhys Mckee by a numerous amount of punches. McKee nickname is the skeleton because of his skinny frame but don’t judge a book by it’s cover, He’s a Northern Ireland savage.
Last win was against Hakon Fross in Cage Warriors was a impressive performance, First round knock out but the fight before that against Perry Andre Goodwin. Three round spectacle where you seen no quit in the Skeletor. Really watched his heart and desire in that fight.
Fight was a grinder, Bloody fight but Rhys Mckee was mentally stronger to get the win.
Since Rhys Mckee has been in some wars, Title fights for the best feeder league promotion in Europe I believe Rhys Mckee shocks people and defeats Khamzat Chimaev.
Amir Albazi UFC newest Flyweight prospect defeated Malcom Gordon TKO Flyweight Champion, Looking pretty damn good with a first round triangle choke against a really talented flyweight prospect.
Looking forward to watching Amir Albazi second appearance in the UFC and maybe… Returns to the Octagon in August because of the first round finish and less damage we can see Albazi fight.
Since Albazi is top 20 Flyweight, Interested in Albazi fighting Tim Elliot a crafty flyweight veteran who challenged Mighty Mouse for the flyweight title. Elliot #13 Flyweight, TOUGH SOB will be intriguing to watch for Albazi.
Watching Albazi fight Tim Elliot is the perfect fight for Albazi against a world class flyweight who always gives his best in the Octagon.
Bellator returns to action Bellator 242 July 24th. Excited for Bellator return, Watch some of the best fighters in the world. However some of Bellator’s fighters will have trouble traveling to Bellator events because of Covid 19, Since that’s the case Bellator needs to start signing fighters to fill there cards.
Mike Graves Titan FC Welterweight Champion is the right prospect for the Bellator to sign right now, Match up against top 10 Bellator Welterweights.
Former UFC Welterweight released because of domestic violence needs a second chance, No better second chance than to sign with the second best MMA promotion.
Becoming a Titan FC Welterweight Champion is no easy task and Graves deserves an opportunity show why he can become a Bellator Welterweight Champion with wins of Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson and Randy Brown.
Mike Graves changed since 2016, Bellator should definitely sign him in July!!
Arman Tsarukyan shows another incredible performance by defeating tough Lightweight Davi Ramos. Watched improvements in his striking besides his already stellar grappling.
Already looking forward to his next fight and a suggestion I have for him is Drew Dober. Arman called out Al Iaquinta but that’s next after Dober.
“Next fight, I want to fight with top 15, top 10 guys – maybe (Al) Iaquinta because he is a very strong guy and he fought with Khabib Nurmagomedov. I want to fight with him because it’s a good fight for me.”
Deserves only top 15 opponents after challenging Islam Makhachev in his UFC debut.
Fighting Drew Dober, Justin Gaethje’s training partner will be the perfect fight at the perfect time for Arman Tsarukyan. Test fight to see where he’s at in couple months against a very talented rising Lightweight… Drew Dober.
Win over Drew Dober will tremendously help Arman’s career, Get more fans interested in who this 23 year old is. Help in the long run when scheduled for fights.
Deiveson Figueiredo the NEW UFC Flyweight Champion defeated Joseph Benavidez again in the first round by submission. Deiveson showing his hands and crafty submission game last night.
Flyweight Division according to Dana White isn’t over and the Flyweight division ill continue. Since that’s the news what’s next for Deiveson?
I have the answer for you, Defend his flyweight title for the first time against #3 ranked flyweight Brandon Moreno.
Brandon Moreno riding high on a three fight winning streak with wins over future flyweight champion Kai Kara France and top ten flyweight Jussier Formiga.
The win against Kai Kara France impressed me the most personally because Kai has all the capabilities to become a UFC Flyweight Champion, Moreno as well can be a UFC Flyweight Champion if he defeats Deiveson.
“Mick [Maynard], please, watch the fight again and tell me why I don’t deserve to fight for the title next,” Moreno shouted in the empty arena with UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard keeping a close eye on the action. “I have the pen in the locker room. I can give you the pen if you want.”
Grant Dawson entering the octagon on a six fight winning streak, Interested making it a seven fight winning streak by defeating Nad Narimani. Dawson vs Narimani on the prelims of Benavidez vs Figueiredo.
“I am a finisher,” Dawson said. “I think that when I finish Nad, I’ll be 16-1 with 15 finishes and they have to give me somebody in the top 15. I really feel like that is what will push me over the top with these fair-weather fans.”
Former Dana White Contender Series alumni Grant Dawson continues to rise through the Featherweight rankings since his UFC debut in 2019. Early finish for Grant Dawson will rank Dawson in the top 25 UFC Featherweights becoming a contender series success story.
Dawson with a big finish against a tough fighter will impress Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard enough that he can get rewarded a top 15 Featherweight matchup shortly.
Quick finish means quick return for the Dana White Contender Series alumni!
UFC signed two of the TOP Flyweight prospects in the world Malcom Gordon TKO Flyweight Champion and Amir Albazi TOP European Flyweight. Both of them are high level flyweights and guess what they’re fighting tonight.
Malcom Gordon vs Amir Albazi Fight of the Night potential that’s going under the radar because both are making they’re UFC debuts.
Malcom Gordon TKO former Flyweight Champion has a 12-3 record defeating Russian flyweight Yoni Sherbatov, which is best win so far in his career. Top flyweight prospect in Canada, North America.
Amir Albazi is the top European Flyweight prospect who trains at London Shootfighters. Two wins in Bellator by defeating Jamie Powell and Iuri Bejanari.
Took his talents to Brave CF, Challenging but lost to former UFC Flyweight Jose Torres in his Brave CF debut. After losing to Jose Torres defeated flyweight prospect Ryan Curtis.
Arman Tsarukyan 23 year old UFC Lightweight Prospect is making his third appearance fighting Davi Ramos on the prelims of Benavidez vs Figueiredo.
Many prospects on the card tonight but Arman Tsarukyan is a Lightweight prospect to pay very close attention to because in his UFC debut fought Islam Makhachev, Challenging his grappling to the best of his ability.
Arman impressed the hell out of me even tho he lost to Islam. Since his loss he’s continued to improve all around training at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand.
Tonight myself and the viewers will be watching a future UFC Lightweight Champion in the next five years because of how talented this kid is.
Calvin Kattar one more fight away from challenging for the UFC Featherweight title. Next fight for Calvin Kattar after defeating Dan Ige is fighting the winner of Yair Rodriguez and Kattar’s former opponent Zabit Magomedsharipov.
Fighting either Yair or Zabit will be intriguing fights to watch.
Kattar definitely improved since his loss to Zabit, Be a challenge to Zabit in the second fight as he stopped Dan Ige takedowns, Improved on his boxing. Kattar will be the underdog in his fight with Zabit but I won’t be surprised if Kattar defeats Zabit.
Kattar vs Yair would be a hell of a fight in the fall of 2020. Back and forth action watching the best striking in the featherweight division. Impressive win over taekwondo black belt Yair Rodriguez.
Either win will place Kattar next in line to challenge the UFC Featherweight champion.
Post fight Calvin Kattar called out Alexander Volkanovski which is a smart business decision with the spotlight on him but I doubt Kattar gets Volkanovski next.
Instead to build his name more, Fighting on a UFC PPV Main Card in the fall against Yair or Zabit will the best thing for him moving forward.
Maybe with a brutal knockout he’ll get a increase in fans that will help build the future featherweight title fight in 2021.
Legacy Fighting Alliance having there second event since Covid 19. LFA 85 headlined by Sam Hughes vs Vanessa Demopoulos for the LFA women’s Strawweight title.
Hughes vs Demopoulos fight is intriguing to watch but the fight I’m looking forward to watching tonight is Ignacio Bahamondes vs Chris Brown.
Ignacio Bahamondes vs Chris Brown
Ignacio Bahamondes Lightweight prospect from Chile at 22 years old. Wins in Comabate Americas and Lux Fight League. Biggest win of Ignacio’s career so far is against Mexico Lightweight prospect Hugo Flores.
Chris Brown Jackson Wink MMA prospect is 31 years old, Lost to Carrington Banks back at LFA 80 but hungry to fight again. Defeating Latin American lightweight prospect.
Bahamondes vs Chris Brown has fight of the night written all over it. Exciting match up tonight!
UFC Flyweight Division probably one of the least popular divisions even when Demetrious Johnson was conquering but I have a feeling for the rest of 2020 and 2021 will see the flyweight division be reborn because of a group of young flyweights and latest free agent signings.
UFC Young Flyweights
Flyweight division has some talented young fighters who have potential to become UFC Flyweight Champions in the next couple years and lift up the flyweight division.
Brandon Moreno #3 Flyweight is 26 years old impressed the hell out of me when fighting Kai Kara France. Even at flyweight Brandon Moreno have some heavy hands and can be a problem in the future. Moreno in 2020 challenge the winner of Benavidez vs Figueiredo.
Askar Askarov #7th Flyweight at 27 years old 11-0 record, Former ACB Flyweight Champion. Only three fights with the UFC but Askarov has a promising career.
Kai Kara France 21-8 record top ten Flyweight at 27 years old trains at GYM of the YEAR City Kickboxing, Learning from two UFC champions, Top Lightweight and being coached by Eugene Bareman. In his last fight seen a new and improved Tyson Nam, This fall will see Kai Kara France return fighting on the prelims of Adesanya vs Costa card. Potential UFC Flyweight Champion.
Brandon Royval former LFA Flyweight Champion, Factory X prospect has one win of tough SOB Tim Elliot. Watch out for Royval rise in the next couple years.
UFC Flyweight Signings
Manel Kape one of the hottest free agent signings was the Rizin Bantamweight Champion, Three fight winning streak coming into the UFC. Found himself lately with Rizin. Excited to see his future career with the UFC. Kape will RISE quickly in 2020 and contend for a flyweight title in 2021, He’s a talented fighter.
Malcom Gordon TKO Flyweight Champion signed with Brave Combat Federation to win the inaugural Brave CF Flyweight Tournament. However plans changed and now is in the UFC.
Amir Albazi Brave CF Flyweight, European prospect, Bellator fighter signed with UFC at 26 years old as it was bound to happen eventually! Albazi in the next couple years will be a problem. Trains at London Shoot Fighters.
Former Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion Jiri Prochazka KNOCKED OUT Volkan Oezdemir in the second round, UFC 251 Fighter to watch for a reason and now 1-0 with UFC.
Barely any damage in the fight, Dana White loves turning specific fighters around quickly and we can see Jiri Prochazka return this summer.
Since Volkan Oezdemir #7th Light Heavyweight, Jiri Prochazka should fight top TEN Light Heavyweights only.
Next opponent can be possibly Corey Anderson whose last fight was against Jan Blachowicz. Corey Anderson continue to have a chip on his shoulder as UFC builds up Jiri Prochazka as one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world.
Easily the toughest fight of Jiri Prochazka’s MMA career, Be able to defend Corey’s Anderson’s wrestling. If Jiri is capable of stuffing take downs than we ourselves a fight.
Jiri Prochazka UFC hottest free agent signing is making UFC debut tonight. Exciting news as a MMA fan that Jiri got signed by the UFC because Jiri before UFC was one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world.
Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion, Defeating Muhammad Lawal, Fabio Maldonado, C.B Dollaway, Satoshi Ishii, Vadim Nemkov in his Rizin career. Wins against former UFC fighters and Bellator prospect Vadim Nemkov.
Success as a Rizin Light Heavyweight is my reason for him being UFC 251 Fighter to watch, Watch and see Jiri knock out or defeat Volkan Oezdemir.
Jiri Prochazka tonight fighting on the featuring prelim of UFC 251, Most viewers besides the hardcore’s have no clue who he is but a 1st or 2nd round knockout can impress the casuals.
Looking forward to his debut tonight and his UFC future.
Justin Gonzales NOW new LFA Featherweight Champion after defeating prospect Jake Childers at LFA 84 Friday Night, Next fight may not be for Legacy Fighting Alliance… Instead of fighting on the Dana White Contender Series.
Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard searching for potential UFC fighters all over the world and they have one Justin Gonzales.
Gonzales can redeem himself after not impressing Dana White enough on Season 3. However with defeating Jake Childers by knock out in the 4th round, Staying strong and composed for all four rounds will see a new and improved Justin Gonzales.
They [UFC] did invite me back. They told me last season, ‘Hey man, we would love to have you back. Maybe we can do some stuff a little different, see what we can do about getting you that contract.’”
Justin Gonzales expects a call from Dana White and he deserves it after becoming the LFA Featherweight champion, Highest achievement for a MMA prospect.