Valentin Moldavsky latest win at Bellator 244 defeated Roy Nelson in a stand up battle for three rounds. Even at 44 years old Roy Nelson still has the craziest chin.
Defeating a Heavyweight Veteran like Roy Nelson means a lot moving forward. Since he defeated Roy Nelson, What’s really next for Moldavsky?
In the post fight interview MMA reporter asked what’s next and his response basically wait and see what Scott Coker does but feels he’s close to a Bellator Heavyweight Title Shot.
No reason to match him up against Heavyweight prospects.
Couple fights I have in mind are against Cheick Kongo or Vitaly Minakov. Fighting the best of the best Heavyweights Bellator has to offer.
Kongo challenged Ryan Bader at Bellator 226 for the Bellator Heavyweight Title but no contest because of Accidental Eye Poke. Since we don’t know when Bader returns we can see Kongo vs Moldavsky fight for the #1 Contender.
The other option is Moldavsky vs Minakov in the Battle of Russian Heavyweights for the #1 Contender.
Both fights would be great to watch as MMA hardcore fans watch the rise of Valentin Moldavsky.
Joe Solecki Alumni of the Dana White Contender Series defeated Matt Wiman in his UFC debut. Now looking to make it two wins in the UFC.
Solecki is fighting Austin Hubbard tonight on the prelims of Munhoz vs Edgar. Solecki vs Hubbard was supposed to happen before but Solecki withdrew from the fight because he tested positive for COVID-19.
“I can look at my wife, look at that child and know it doesn’t matter if you’re motivated or not, that is a very short-term feeling and I think people look too much into that, you got to get the work done,” Solecki said. “I have a family. This is my job. I have to answer the bell, I have to answer the call. I definitely think I would have had a great night that night.” https://mmasucka.com/2020/08/18/joe-solecki-expects-to-answer-bell-against-austin-hubbard/
“I’m super pumped it got rebooked,” Solecki said. “He’s definitely a great opponent and I get to fight him coming off a win now too
Now Joe Solecki tested negative without putting his young family in harm can show his talents to Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.
“I’ve got to dial in and clock in for 15 hard minutes,” Solecki said. “That’s really it. Being alert, being in the fight, fighting for every single exchange and position. If I pull ahead I can’t let him back into the fight, or if I fall behind I have to stay in the fight
Impressive win over Austin Hubbard former LFA Lightweight Champion will be a big win for him moving forward. Fighting tough UFC Lightweights in his next fights.
Joe Solecki is a UFC prospect to keep an eye on, Underrated Lightweight. He’s a grinder.
Yaroslav Amosov Bellator Welterweight contender with a overall record of 23-0( 5 wins with Bellator). The fighters he defeated in Bellator are Gerald Harris, Erick Silva, David Rickels and most impressively Ed Ruth.
Amosov is now looking to defeat Mark Lemminger in a catchweight fight at 175 pounds. Lemminger is 1-0 with Bellator, Top Ten United States Welterweight prospect and was former Final Fight Welterweight Champion.
“I looked at some of his fights. He’s a worthy opponent. I looked into his style and his background,” said Amosov. “I believe that he’s an opponent that I will have success with but at the same time, I’m taking him very seriously. Just like every other opponent I’ve had, I’m making sure that I’m ready.”
Sidney Outlaw successful regional circuit Welterweight prospect becoming Ring of Combat Welterweight Champion, Titan FC Welterweight Champion lost his last fight to Michael Chandler, Tough fight for Outlaw against one of the best Lightweights in the world.
Even tho Sidney Outlaw lost his fight to Michael Chandler, Outlaw will look better than ever in his Bellator 244 fight against tough but talented Adam Piccolotti.
However Outlaw dealing with adversity from the ko loss to Michael Chandler will see Outlaw show why he was one of the best Lightweight & Welterweight prospects.
Sidney Outlaw with a win against Piccolotti in fight of the night candidate potential will be a significant win in Outlaw’s Bellator career.
Valentin Moldavsky 9-1 Bellator Heavyweight, 4 wins with Bellator is fighting “Big Country” Roy Nelson the man with one of the craziest chins of all time at Bellator 244. Looking forward to watching Moldavsky face a former UFC Heavyweight.
Test fight for Moldavsky as the 28 year old is one of the Bellator Heavyweight prospects who can become Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
“I don’t know if this win will get me closer to a title, or get me to a title,” Moldavsky said at the Bellator 244 media day this week. “For now, I’m just focusing on winning this fight.”
Kenny Cross vs Kevin Syler is the first fight on week 3 of the Dana White Contender Series. If the Contender Series gave out rewards for Fight of the Night this be my prediction for fight of the night.
Two talented Lightweight prospects, Syler top 5 Latin America Lightweight prospect while Kenny Cross is the former Lights Out Champion with wins over former PFL Lightweight Robert Hale.
Really looking forward to this fight it’s going to be interesting to watch.
Kevin Syler was here before defeating Lance Lawrence on last years Dana White Contender Series. Since he didn’t have a impressive win in his fight wasn’t rewarded the UFC contract. However looking to prove to Dana White he’ll look better than ever.
Kenny Cross one of the most underrated, Overlooked Lightweight prospects is getting his opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Confident in this fight fight as he defeated two tough Lightweights in Robert Hale and Jonas Flok.
“I think I have the tools, I know I have the tools and skillset to take this guy out and to keep putting one foot in front of the other and climb the ladder to the top,” Cross said.
Matt Dixon MMA Welterweight prospect that I’ve had my eyes on since fighting for XFN. My opinion Matt Dixon is the best Welterweight prospect in the United States and he’ll prove it tonight on the Dana White Contender Series.
“It’s a very exciting feeling,” Dixon, who is represented by Paradigm Sports Management, told BJPENN.com from his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “This is where I’ve always wanted to be. The UFC is the promotion that brought me to the sport. I was watching fights, watching the best fighters, watching Anderson Silva fight. That’s what actually originally made me want to be an MMA fighter, so this is huge for me.”
Will make his dream a reality tonight as he impresses Dana White with a dominant victory over Orion Cosce.
Watching a future UFC Welterweight Champion, All around talented fighter similar fighting styles to Kamaru USman and George St Pierre. He’s the next best thing to come out of the United States and will see it tonight.
Nothing but happy for Matt Dixon he’s a really great guy and a talented Welterweight prospect with a bright future ahead of him.
Brave Combat Federation becoming one of the best MMA promotions in the world, Signing top prospects like Khamzat Chimaev, Illia Topuria, Amir Albazi that move on to the UFC. Brave CF continues to sign top prospects that have potential to become Brave CF Champions such as…
Muhammad Mokaev two time IMMAF Junior World Champion, Amateur record of 23-0 is 1-0 with Brave CF in the Bantamweight Division at 20 years old. Be couple years before Mokaev challenges for the Brave CF Bantamweight Title. However Brave CF have there hands on one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world even with a 1-0 record.
Former UFC Flyweight Jose Torres released from the UFC is now 1-0 with Brave CF. Torres is no 36 year old Flyweight he’s a hungry 28 year old Flyweight looking for a new start with Brave Combat Federation. Become the first Brave CF Flyweight Champion.
7-1 record 3 fight winning streak with Brave CF in the Bantamweight division. Back to back wins by Ninja Choke. Future Brave Bantamweight Champion as he’s one of the top Nordic MMA prospects right now.
Mochamed Machaev 9-0 record at 20 years old is 3-0 in the Brave CF Featherweight Division. Seriously surprised most MMA fans don’t know about this kid because he’s one of the best Featherweight prospects in the world who will become Brave CF Featherweight Champion.
Alex Martinez 6-0 record at 26 years old is 2-0-1 with Brave CF. One of the best Canada Lightweight prospects even though he was born in Paraguay but moved to Canada to train at Champion Gym.
Two top 15 underrated Bantamweights won their fights at UFC 252, Now I’m looking forward to Merab Dvalishvilli fighting Marlon Vera. Merab calling out Marlon Vera in his post fight interview with Joe Rogan.
Marlon Vera had the biggest win of his career by defeating UFC star Sean O ‘ Malley who we all predicted to win but Marlon Vera surprised us with a shocking upset. Taking advantage of the spotlight and the most of it last night.
Now we have an exciting top 15 Bantamweight match up between two talented Bantamweights Merab Dvalishvilli vs Marlon Vera. Scheduled fight in October on a UFC Fight Night Main Card.
Fight of the night potential, Close fight odds because of there latest wins at UFC 252.
Interesting fight to watch because of Marlon Vera’s quickness, See if Vera is a challenge to take down because of Merab’s wrestling talents. Does Marlon Vera what have it takes to compete with Merab’s five round cardio?
Mark Striegl former One Championship Bantamweight, Current URCC Featherweight Champion and Combat Sambo Gold Medalist at the South East Asia Games.
32 year old’s UFC Newcomer debut is against another newcomer in Timur Valiev former PFL Fight who had a 8-1 record. MMA prospect that I’ve been looking forward to watching compete in the UFC.
Both fighters are making there MMA dreams a reality as they fight on UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs Edgar prelims.
Even though Timur Valiev is the more exciting, Interesting prospect with more notoriety don’t count out Mark Striegl. Understand Valiev comes from the MMA hotbed of Russia where Russia grows and prospers savages.
However Phillipines is a underrated country for growing fighters such as Brandon Vera, Stephen Loman(Brave CF Bantamweight Champion),
“Everyone knows that when I go out there it’s never boring so they can expect an action-packed fight. This is an explosive Russian fighter from the mountains of Dagistan and I’m from the mountains of Baguio so it’s gonna be a wild fight,” said Striegl.
Agree with Mark Striegl that this fight will be wild but I believe he’ll get the win on August 22nd. He’s a talented Philippines prospect with a win win over Kai Kara France which says a lot because we all know how talented Kai is.
Wins in the third best MMA promotion, One Championship help as well. Accomplished everything on the Asia Scene now it’s time for Striegl to show what he’s made of in a short notice fight against Timur Valiev.
“I’m just taking advantage of the opportunity. You have to keep trying if this is your passion. I fought everywhere but the UFC is the promotion that has eluded me in my career. And now I’m trying to make this happen,” he said.
Kai Kamaka, Zane Kamaka’s little brother is making his UFC debut at UFC 252. Hawaii continues to grow talented MMA fighters such as Max Holloway, Brad Tavares, Ray Cooper, Zane Kamaka and Kai Kamaka now.
Now making his dream a reality by signing with the UFC. Taking advantage of the 11 day notice fight, Making the most of it with a impressive performance. Showing Dana White and Sean Shelby they made the right decision.
“There are a lot of people that’s proud back home and they see how hard I work Max I’m just glad that I can be the one to do it right now,” Kamaka told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello. “That’s the way I look at it. I’m just the guy, I’m just the one representing on Saturday and it could be any one of us. Anyone of us from Hawaii, anyone of us from especially my family and so I’m just glad I got the opportunity.”
Merab Dvalishvili dominant performance against Gustavo Lopez continued his four fight winning streak, Now looking to make his winning streak to five by defeating former UFC Flyweight Title challenger John Dodson.
Big opportunity for Merab to show his best against Dodson on the UFC 252 Main Card. Impressive performance can lead to fighting top ten UFC Bantamweights.
“I’ve got to win first, but we are closely ranked. We should fight, why not? Sean O’Malley, he never fought top 15 guys, so now I think is the time,” suggested Dvalishvili. “Hopefully this fight can happen, but I have to win first, and I wish him the best of luck in his fight. Marlon Vera is not an easy fighter.”
Possible we see Merab fight Sean O ‘Malley next but he needs to defeat John Dodson next which is no easy task to anyone. However a dominant win, Sean O’ Malley will be interested in fighting Merab.
Basically a make or break fight for Merab to show what he’s truly made of.
“He has much more experience than me,” Dvalishvili said. “He’s been in the UFC (for a) long time, he has the win against T.J. Dillashaw, he has wins against Pedro Munhoz and he’s an ‘Ultimate Fighter’ champion. He’s hard fight for everyone. He’s the biggest test for me.”
Beneil Dariush five five winning streak is one of the most underrated UFC winning streaks going. Last win was a impressive win against Scott Holtzman. Spinning back fist first round knock out. Should’ve been rewarded performance of the night but he missed weight.
However Dariush can be rewarded a fight against Paul Felder. Dariush well deserving a top ten fight, Fight against Paul Felder is a fight that can help him moving forward as Felder has a name from being a savage and a talented UFC commentator.
In this five fight winning streak has defeated Drew Dober who we found out now is no slouch at all and Drakkar Klose who always bring his best.
All though Dariush needs top ten UFC Lightweight and match up against Paul Felder to me personally is the PERFECT fight.
Dariush vs Felder can be a Main Card Fight on the UFC 254 PPV Khabib vs Gaethje. Help Dariush name go on notice on the biggest Pay Per View of 2020.
Defeating a savage like Paul Felder will catapult Dariush’s career moving forward with more recognition. However he rather stay silent and let his wins do the talking.
“The problem with recognition is that it comes with a lot of drama,” he said. “I like being under the radar. I like fighting high-level competition and being under the radar. I don’t need much (in terms of publicity and recognition). I just want to continue to work my way up to the title and become a champion.
I’ll do the talking for him and call out Paul Felder. Fans would love to see this fight happen and be a great match up for Dariush. Congratulations to Dariush finding success in the UFC, Congrats to Rafael Cordeiro and Kings MMA for improving Dariush game.
Anthony Adams rewarded a second chance on the Dana White Contender Series but because of a impressive first round knock out against Josh Cavan at Legacy Fighting Alliance.
32 year old MMA prospects rare to get offered an opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series, However Anthony Adams is one talented Middleweight prospect. Anthony Adams is the former Sparta Combat League Middleweight Champion, Defeating tough Middleweight prospects.
Trains at Elevation Fight Team with Justin Gaethje, Drew Dober, Allistair Overeem, Neil Magny, Cory Sandhagen on a daily basis. Helps a lot when your training with some of the best fighters in the world, Advantage fighting another top Middleweight prospect.
What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I have been dreaming and manifesting that moment since the day I first punched someone in the face in the cage. So, basically, it means everything.
Cory McKenna #1 European Female MMA prospect with 4 wins on Cage Warriors is taking her next big step fighting on the Dana White Contender Series.
McKenna 21 years old can be the next big thing in woman’s MMA.
Born and raised in Wales but cross trains at Team Alpha Male learning from Urijah Faber, Lance Palmer, Joseph Benavidez. Learning from some of the greatest fighters in the world.
Definitely will help in the long term and it will help right now training at Team Alpha Male will help tonight fighting Vanessa Demopolous. Top female strawweight prospect in the United States. 4 wins in the Legacy Fighting Alliance.
Cross-training with different gyms is crucial, in my opinion, for any fighter. You get to experience so many different styles and coaching methods/views. Team Alpha Male is one of the top gyms in the world and I am ever grateful for how much work they all put into myself and my training to help me reach that world-class level.
Youssef Zalal Newest UFC Featherweight prospect outclasses Peter Barrett Friday Night with a dominant win, Four fight winning streak. All of three wins Zalal has been impressive, Similar fighting style not gonna lie to Dominick Cruz.
End the year on a five fight winning streak defeating a tough UFC Featherweight prospect, Showing his striking skills. Maybe a sweet knockout in the first round on a UFC Pay Per View in October. Talked about as one of the rising UFC Featherweight prospects.
Youssef Zalal not edging as a top 20-25 UFC Featherweight in 2020 but readers keep an eye on this kid. He has the right team around him by training at Factory X Muay Thai. Coached by coach of the year candidate Marc Montoya.
2021 Zalal will continue to rise through the UFC Featherweight rankings or the UFC Bantamweight rankings since he discussed moving down to Bantamweight. Either way he’s a UFC prospect to keep on these next couple years.
“Today, I really got to show my skill-set and it’s just the beginning.”
Nasrat Hapqarast Tristar Gym prospect at 24 years old 5-2 UFC record definitely has all the potential to become a serious UFC Lightweight Contender. Lightweight Contender is 2021 or 2022 but at 2020 he’s a UFC Lightweight prospect to watch.
Edging the top 20 UFC Lightweights, Fighting top 20 Lightweights like David Teymur, Jim Miller, Renato Moicano to end 2020 the right way.
Defeating tough UFC Lightweights in impressive fashion will show he’s one of the rising Lightweights to keep an eye on.
Michael Chandler defeated Benson Henderson at Bellator 243, Fighting out the last fight on his Bellator contract. Means Michael Chandler will test free agency, Options besides Bellator is UFC & One Championship. Dream match ups for Michael Chandler, Fights hardcore MMA fans been wanting to see for the longest time.
Michael Chandler vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
Michael Chandler truly believes he can defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov. Toughest task of his life. Wins over Eddie Alvarez, Patricio Pitbull, Two wins over Benson Henderson. Former Bellator Lightweight Champion vs UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Division One All American Wrestler at Missouri, Missouri Wrestling Team Captain and Big 12 Conference Championship runner up.
Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson
Who wouldn’t want to see two savages fighting each other. Both fighters have huge gas tanks. Fight of the night potential.
Michael Chandler vs Eddie Alvarez 3
Michael Chandler fought Eddie Alvarez twice. 2011 Fight of the Year which sky rocketed Michael Chandler with notoriety. Michael Chandler signs with One Championship, Debut fight against Eddie Alvarez.
Michael Chandler vs Christian Lee
Christian Lee 22 years old One Championship Lightweight Champion defeated Shinya Aoki, Saygid Arslanaliev. Interesting fight for Christian Lee to see what he’s made of fighting former Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Jerome Rivera 25 year old top southwest flyweight prospect is fighting Luis Rodriguez. Flyweight match up I’m looking forward to but more looking forward to Rivera.
Legacy Fighting Alliance wins, Defeating tough flyweight prospects will get him the win tonight. Lost to Brandon Royval but looks to revenge his loss if signs with the UFC.
“I think for me the key to victory is staying composed, fighting like a professional, seeing everything coming at me, and sticking to my game plan. If I strike the way I should and grapple the way I’m planning to, execute my game plan, I think it’s going to be a good night for me.”
Continuing his two fight winning streak to a three fight winning streak. Flyweight division needs talented flyweights and Jerome Rivera is definitely one fighter UFC needs to sign. Dream come true for all UFC Fighters.
“It would just be a dream come true,” Rivera said. “It would just really feel like all this hard work, all those hours spent in the gym, all the hours away from my family and friends, it would just give me that sense of accomplishment. Like, ‘OK, this was all for a good reason.’ Even if I don’t get to the UFC, I told everybody, like, if this is my last fight on (Tuesday), I’m just very thankful for this.
Ty Flores Elevation Fight Team prospect fighting on week 1 of the Dana White Contender. Ty Flores is one of the best Midwest Light Heavyweight prospects, Main attraction for Midwest MMA promotion Shamrock FC.
Exciting finish against Dustin Jacoby Glory Kickboxer will get signed by the UFC.
“It’s a wrestler vs striker kind of thing. I’m just going to go out there and take the center. I don’t think he’s going to be able to defend my takedowns. I watched his last MMA fight and it was just kind of boring. He fought Cody East who didn’t really look that athletic and he just stood there. That is not going to be me. I can go hard now for five whole rounds. I can wrestle for five rounds. I don’t think he is going to be able to put up with my pressure. I know I hit hard especially when we get on the ground. The last guy I fought I broke his jaw. He’s old, he’s had a lot of battles. All the respect to him but when it comes to that contract I am going to have to break him.”
Impressing Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. Becoming the next fighter from Elevation Fight Team to get signed by the UFC.
Advantage in the wrestling department, Coached by Elliot Marshall and Christian Allen. Training with UFC title contenders on a daily basis will get him the win the UFC contract tonight.
I’m also not scared to strike with either, I’ve fought tough strikers and I train with Alistair [Overeem], Curtis [Blaydes] and those guys hit so hard. I am not worried to strike with him either and we are gonna fight at my pace. I am going to dictate that, he is always going to have to be worried about the takedown.”
Man oh man Johnathan Martinez impressed the hell out of me last night with his dominant striking performance against UFC veteran Frankie Saenz.
Martinez 2-2 UFC record before the win against Saenz, Not the most eye brow raising record but the win against Saenz will get more fans interested to watch his next fight.
Jonathan Martinez since changing camps from Different Breed MMA to Elevation Fight Team see the improvements in his striking game. Strength and Conditioning program at Elevation Fight Team.
Still young at 26 years old with a 12-3 record, Couple years before becoming a top 15 Bantamweight but definitely has the capabilities to be ranked if he stays focused.
2020 Jonathan Martinez
Love to see Jonathan Martinez fight two more times before 2020 is over against tough Bantamweight veterans, Test fights to see what needs to be worked on as he continues to improve at Elevation Fight Team.
Ending 2020 as a top 25 UFC Bantamweight, Starting 2021 as one of the UFC Bantamweight prospects to keep an eye on.
Congratulations on Elevation Fight Team for fixing his mistakes, Growing him as a fighter he truly impressed me last night, Looking forward to the rest of 2020 and his UFC future.
Johnny Munoz Jr former King of the Cage Bantamweight with a 10-0 record is making his UFC debut against former TKO Bantamweight Champion. Interesting fight between two of the best Bantamweight prospects in North America.
However I believe Munoz Jr is the better prospect and will get the impressive win tonight.
Kid Kvenbo finishes fights early in the 1st or 2nd round with his stellar jiu jitsu game which is his best attribute.
Since he’s a talented submission specialist will get the submission win tonight, Show Sean Shelby they made the right choice as a replacement for Ray Borg.
Johnny Munoz Jr rising Bantamweight prospect always been looking forward for the UFC to sign because of his success as a KOTC Bantamweight, One of the best feeder league promotions in the world.
Congratulations to Kid Kvenbo for signing with the UFC, Hope it works out for him and rises in 2020.
Vicente Luque rising UFC Welterweight growing and prospering since his learning loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Dominant win against Niko Price and see another win tonight against tough welterweight in Randy Brown.
Will wee see a impressive performance from Luque? I believe yes!! More of a breakout performance.
He may not be ranked, but he is dangerous. It’s a challenge for me – I like challenges. My focus is to put on a dominant performance and continue climbing up the rankings.”
Randy Brown is no slouch, Former Ring of Combat Welterweight Champion. Signed on from Dana White Lookin for a Fight. Win over Randy Brown tonight will boost Luque notoriety and respect from the rest of the UFC Welterweight Division.
Luque been fighting with the UFC since 2015 but finally things are coming along, Learning from the success from training partners Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns. Luque can be the third title contender from the successful Sanford MMA Gym.
Win against Randy Brown, Sean Shelby matchup Luque against Rafael Dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler or Anthony Pettis former UFC Champions.