April 30th, May 1st MMA Prospects to Watch

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.

LFA 106

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/07/dana-white-contender-series-terrance-mckinney-nearly-died-drug-use

“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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/07/dana-white-contender-series-terrance-mckinney-nearly-died-drug-use

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

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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d1ohTQKxio

UWC Mexico 26

Leonardo Blasco

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.

Michael Morales

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.

Oktagon 23

Roman Paulus

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 PFL Fighter to Watch #2

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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/03/10/marthin-hamlet-nearly-fought-ufc-pfl-signing/

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.

https://www.mmaviking.com/elite-wrestler-marthin-hamlet-nielsen-ready-for-mma-debut/

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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/03/10/marthin-hamlet-nearly-fought-ufc-pfl-signing/

Ion Surdu European Prospect to Watch 2021

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 Rematch vs Sean Strickland Makes Sense July of 2021

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/ufc-261-brendan-allen-wants-sean-strickland-rematch-fluke-loss

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.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-tunnel-vision-santos-teixeira-vegas-13

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.”

https://mmasucka.com/2021/04/13/brendan-allen-karl-roberson/

According to Brendan Allen… Strickland had a lucky night but Allen truly believes he’ll defeat Strickland if he’s awarded the opportunity.

” I want to beat the brakes off Strickland.”

Defeating Sean Strickland next will continue his rise in the UFC Middleweight Division. Hopefully UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard schedule a rematch, July 2021.

Brendan Allen Rise Starts at UFC 261

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.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-looking-bounce-back-middleweight-ufc-261-usman-masvidal-2-read

Brendan Allen flying under the radar right now but looking to rise in 2021, Starts off by facing the very tough Karl Roberson on the prelims of UFC 261.

“With a good win over Karl Roberson, one that I make look good, then I can get a fight in that Top 15. Worst case it takes another fight, but I know it’s coming, and I’ll get it.”

“I expect a hard two rounds, but I don’t know if he can keep up with my pressure, my pace and my tenacity. I don’t think he has felt that. It’s just different.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-looking-bounce-back-middleweight-ufc-261-usman-masvidal-2-read

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.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-tunnel-vision-santos-teixeira-vegas-13

“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.”

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-brendan-allen-talks-kevin-holland-ufc-261-return-fans

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.”

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-brendan-allen-talks-kevin-holland-ufc-261-return-fans

Watch out for Brendan Allen in 2021, Head in the right place he can be a top 15 UFC Middleweight!!

” I truly believe in my heart that I’m better than a lot of these guys if not all of them in the roster

Fighting consistently in 2021, More than a few times in 2021. Focusing on having the best year of his life so far. Underrated to rising UFC Middleweight in 2021 starts at UFC 261.

PFL 2021 #1 Prospects to Watch

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

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.

https://www.insider.com/korean-falcon-gives-impassioned-stop-asian-hate-speech-before-pfl-2021-4

Tyler Diamond

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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/20/pfl-1-tyler-diamond-will-mean-violent-friday/

Alex Martinez

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.”

https://mmaempire.ca/news/alex-martinez-pfl-1/

What a Featherweight Fight!! Lance Palmer vs Bubba Jenkins PFL 1 Main Card

Professional Fighters League returns April 23rd with a stacked card, Headliner is Anthony Pettis vs Clay Collard.

First fight on Main Card is highly anticipated as Lance Palmer Two Time PFL Featherweight Champion will have his toughest fight on paper facing Bubba Jenkins.

Lance Palmer 4 time Ohio State All-American Wrestler, Dominating his PFL Featherweight opponents with ground & pound wrestling but curious to see if Bubba Jenkins can prevent the takedowns.

“I think I can take anyone down, and that changes the course of the fight,” Palmer explained.

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/lance-palmer-confident-among-best-featherweights-in-world-pfl-2021

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/lance-palmer-confident-among-best-featherweights-in-world-pfl-2021

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.

Mikhail Odintsov PFL 1 Fighter to Watch

Mikhail Odintsov Belarus #1 prospect, One of the best European Lightweights signed with Professional Fighters League after winning the 2020 PFL International Qualifier Series Russian Final.

Odintsov former WWFC Lightweight Champion. Looking to become the PFL Lightweight Champion, Facing current PFL Lightweight fighter Akmet Aliev. Making the best of signing with PFL.

Fighting in front of new viewership, ESPN!!

Mikhail Odintsov all-around talented fighter, Talented striker, Really good takedown defense. Constant pressure fighter with a pace. Dominated Timur Nagibin 15-4 record in the PFL Russian Series Final.

Mikhail Odintsov is a dark horse of the PFL Lightweight Division, Definitely watch him in PFL 2021 season.

Jacob Malkoun Impressive UFC Win, What’s Next?

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/jacob-malkoun-proved-he-belongs-with-ufc-espn-22-win-video

Malkoun had a rough UFC loss, Losing to Phil Hawes in 18 seconds. Forgetting the loss and now seeking to go on a UFC winning streak. Becoming a hot UFC Middleweight prospect.

“You learn, especially if it’s your first loss,” Malkoun said. “You learn from everything. You just gotta leave it behind you, and you gotta focus on the next thing. Can’t keep worrying about the past.” https://www.ufc.com/news/jacob-malkoun-learned-let-go-australia-ufc-fight-night-whittaker-gastelum-read

“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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xy9BFifCVQ

Looking forward to Jacob Malkoun’s 2021 UFC Season, Future Matchups.

Lance Gibson Jr Impressive, Looking forward to 2021 Season

Lance Gibson Jr Bellator Lightweight prospect is now 2-0 with Bellator after a impressive performance. Gibson looked really good at Bellator 257 as he showed striking, grappling and fighter IQ. Aware of who Lance Gibson Jr was but definitely keeping an eye on Lance Gibson Jr for the 2021 Bellator season.

“I’m gonna recover obviously get back in there work on some stuff that I need to improve from just this experience right now I’m already picking it apart so that’s what makes me great.” Lance Gibson Jr

Lance Gibson Jr trains at Gibson MMA with his stepmom former Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Julia Budd and coached by his father Lance Gibson.

There son is a talented Bellator Lightweight prospect, Promising future ahead of him just needs to train more. More activity in the cage meaning throwing more!!

Showing his combinations, Impressing fans with his offense.

“Get back in here as soon as possible get better rest recover actually improve over that time to get back in here.” Lance Gibson Jr

Lance Gibson Jr hope a quick turnaround, Face a tough fighter with experience. Fixing the mistakes he made in his fight against Marcus Surin.

Steve Mowry vs Javy Ayala Summer of 2021? Fightingdna Matchmaking

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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/15/bellator-257-steve-mowry-intense/

Mowry now 9-0 at 28 years old, #7th ranked Bellator Heavyweight needs tougher competition, Top Ten Heavyweights.

“There’s two guys in the Heavyweight division I won’t fight and one guy that you’d have to make.” Linton Vasell and Matt Mitrione”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JY7i7EjLtI

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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JY7i7EjLtI

Either way Javy Ayala or not Steve Mowry deserves a top ten Heavyweight or Bellator signs a Heavyweight prospect to fight him. KEEP an EYE on STEVE MOWRY for 2021!!

European Clash Mads Burnell vs Daniel Weichel Summer of 2021 ?

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.

Jay Jay Wilson Ask for Borics Shall Receive

Jay Jay Wilson IMPRESSIVE dominant performance against a respected, SBG Ireland Pedro Carvalho. This kid continues to get better from his striking that definitely hurt Carvalho. Genuinely blown away.

At 23 years old and called out Adam Borics in his post fight interview.

“This win solidified my place in the division, I believe I should be in line for the title.” Jay Jay Wilson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdRY_0T8BG0

“He just fought the champ, Went out there and you know I put on a dominant performance you know I came out took him down, Controlled on top.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdRY_0T8BG0

Jay Jay Wilson #7th ranked Bellator Featherweight defeated Carvalho #4th ranked.

I’d like to take on the number one contender, and in my book that’s probably Adam Borics, so I’ll definitely be able to line up a fight with him.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2021/04/mixed-martial-arts-kiwi-jay-jay-wilson-calls-for-bellator-title-eliminator-after-stunning-tko-win-over-pedro-carvalho.html

Adam Borics #3rd Featherweight coming off a win against former PFL Featherweight Jeremy Kennedy.

Borics vs Jay Jay Wilson would be one hell of a matchup if Bellator decides to schedule that this summer. Two rising Bellator stars facing each other in a title eliminator.

Bold call out to make for the 23 year old but he’s hungry and confident, Best year so far in 2021. Passes by Adam Borics next up is the winner of Patricio Friere vs AJ McKee.

“I deserve to be in the top three,” Wilson continued. “I deserve to get an opportunity at gold.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/13/bellator-257-jay-jay-wilson-believes-win-carvalho-
deserves-shot-gold/

“[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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/16/bellator-257-jay-jay-wilson-number-one-contenders-fight-adam-borics/

Jay Jay Wilson part of the next generation of New Zealand fighters, Only 23 years old but will see how talented he is in 2021!!

Jay Jay Wilson is bound to be a Bellator superstar.

Bellator 257 Stacked Card on Showtime

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 Champion Philipe 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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/phil-davis-not-thinking-of-vadim-nemkov-loss-ahead-of-bellator-257-rematch

Daivs 36 years old, Making one more run for the Bellator Light Heavyweight title.

Julius Anglickas

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

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.”

https://fansided.com/2021/04/13/street-fighting-prize-fighting-meet-bellators-jay-jay-wilson/

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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/13/bellator-257-jay-jay-wilson-believes-win-carvalho-deserves-shot-gold/

Jay Jay gets passed Pedro Carvalho would be a great start to 2021. Gradual hype for the future Bellator star.

Bellator 257

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 Latest Signings Medonca & Mamedov

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

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.

https://www.dailynews.com/2021/04/13/bellator-signs-lfa-champion-maycon-mendonca/

Islam Mamedov

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 Best Lightweight Fights of the Year ONE on TNT 2

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/one-on-tnt-ii-christian-lee-confident-easy-finish

“I think the fight is going to start very quickly,” Lee said. “There’s going to be a lot of action early on, and I’m going to end the fight in the first round with a finish.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/one-on-tnt-ii-christian-lee-confident-easy-finish

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.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/4/14/22378721/one-champion-christian-lee-i-do-believe-that-i-am-the-best-lightweight-fighter-in-the-world

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 vs the Winner of Pitbull vs Mckee Summer of 2021

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.

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/11/bellator-256-adam-borics-believes-featherweight-title-shot-next/

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.”

https://fansided.com/2021/04/08/bellator-256-adam-borics-looks-to-become-champ-inspire-next-generation-of-hungarian-mma/

Next Fight for Ludovit Klein against Ultimate Fighter 27 Winner Mike Triziano

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/CNKxab4JBnG/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

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 vs The Loser of Korean Zombie or Dan Ige

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.

Mateusz Gamrot Next Fight Options after Holtzman Win

Mateusz Gamrot former KSW Featherweight and KSW Lightweight champion got his first win against Scott Holtzman at UFC on ABC 2 prelims. Rewarded a 50k bonus in addition to his fighter pay.

Gamrot a lot of hype with him, UFC eyes him as a future star. Talented world class badass Polish Lightweight.

Showing his promise at 30 years old defeating a tough fighter in Scott Holtzman. Training very hard at American Top Team with Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza. Learning from some of the best fighters in the world.

Gamrot defeated the likes of Norman Parke, Kleber Koike Erbst, Mansour Barnaoui Current Road FC Lightweight Champion and now Scott Holtzman. Time to fight some Lightweights in his upcoming fight in the summer hopefully.

Gamrot vs Bobby Green

Mateusz Gamrot vs Bobby Green Summer of 2021 sign me up!! Bobby Green UFC veteran, One of the fighters of the year for 2020. Taking advantage of Fight Island to make a sweet living. Bobby Green last fight was against Thiago Moises back in October but because of weight cut fight against Jim Miller was cancelled.

Hopefully everything is fine with Green because a fight against the rising Lightweight prospect Mateusz Gamrot would be one of those fights to stay tuned, Put your phone down and watch three rounds of technical offensive fighting.

Gamrot vs Alexander Hernandez

Alexander Hernandez once was a upcoming fighter, Now a win/loss fighter. Latest lost was against Thiao Moises in February 2021. Time to return to the Octagon soon and fighting Gamrot would be no easy task but be a fun fight to watch on the prelims.

Ignacio Bahamondes UFC Debut at ABC 2

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.

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/dwcs-standout-ignacio-bahamondes-relishes-high-expectations-for-ufc-debut

“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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/dwcs-standout-ignacio-bahamondes-relishes-high-expectations-for-ufc-debut

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/12/ufcs-ignacio-bahamondes-determined-to-further-family-combat-sports-legacy?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral

Bahamondes family has successful kickboxer, Boxer and now we can see a successful MMA fighter making a career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Looking forward to watching his UFC debut and his 2021 season. Watching a technical striking display, Looking to make his Father and Grandfather proud.

New Fan of Nainoa Dung after Bellator 256 Win

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 Mauro Ranallo. 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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4hPo-Bxrk

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.

Spotlight on Arnold Allen UFC on ABC 2

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.

Arnold Allen

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.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/arnold-allen-isnt-any-rush

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.’”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/09/ufc-vegas-23-arnold-allen-wants-prove-deserves-top-10/

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!!

ACA 121 Prospects to Watch

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.

Magomedrasul Gasanov

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

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.

Ilya Khodkevich

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 EFC 35

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.

Eagle Fighting Championship 35 Dakaev vs Abdurakov Fight to Watch

Khabib Nurmagomedov bought Gorilla Fighting Championship for 1 million dollars, Changed name to Eagles Fighting Championship. Looking to build one of the best Russian Promotions, Building the careers of his Russian, Dagestan cousins and brothers.

Eagle Fighting Championship 35 Co-Main Event is an exciting fight to watch!! Mehdi Dakaev vs Uzair Abdurakov.

Mehdi Dakaev defending his EFC Lightweight title after defeating Gadzhi Rabadanov for the GFC Lightweight Title. Dakaev fought for Cage Warriors losing to Jack Grant and Mickael Lebout. Now fighting for Russian Promotions.

Dakaev #16th ranked Russian Lightweight.

Uzair Abdurakov 13-0-1 record, Wrestling foundation as he’s only 25 years old. Won a Pankration tournament known as the “Battle of Amur”.

Dominates his opponents wrestling, Most of them are no match for him. Curious to see how Uzair matches up against Dakaev. Dakaev is a Chechen savage, Pitbull version of Patricio Pitbull. Chechen Warrior, Eagles Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion for a reason.

Usman Nurmagomedov Next Fight for Bellator?

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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7POuTpaFIc

“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

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/02/mma-news-usman-nurmagomedov-khabib-mike-hamel-bellator-255-debut

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

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-undefeated-dagestan-born-mma-fighter-usman-nurmagomedov-can-better-khabib-says-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

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

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.

Troy Lamson

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.

Adam Piccolotti

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.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/14171923/khabib-usman-nurmagomedov-bellator/

Magomed Magomedov Top Five Opponent Next

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLtboV1uGac

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.

https://www.rt.com/sport/520040-magomed-magomedov-bellator-fight/

Magomedov Next Opponents?

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 Prospects to Watch

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.

Tyrell Fortune

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/04/mma-news-bellator-255-tyrell-fortune-vs-jack-may-blood-expletives-rematch-rivarly-animosity-low-blow

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

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/03/bellator-255-khabib-nurmagomedov-cousin-usman-debut-lightweight-prospect

“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

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-khabib-nurmagomedov-claims-cousins-usman-abubakar-next-line-possibly-hinting-upcoming-ufc-fights

Magomed Magomedov

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!!

Chris Gonzalez

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.”

https://www.mmaweekly.com/chris-gonzalez-shares-his-bellator-255-game-plan

“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.”

https://www.mmaweekly.com/chris-gonzalez-shares-his-bellator-255-game-plan

2016 Greco-Roman World Team Member, Junior College All-American wrestler. Advantage with wrestling and the wrestler mindset, Watch out for Chris Gonzalez in 2021.

Bellator 255 Beginning to End is a stacked card, Exciting card to watch because of the talented fighters and prospects. Future champions. Pitbull vs Sanchez!!

Bellator 255 Neiman Gracie vs Jason Jackson Fight of the Night

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.

Neiman Gracie

“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

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/03/31/bellator255-neiman-gracie-ready-for-title-contender-fight-with-jason-jackson/

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.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/31/bellator-255-neiman-gracie-out-to-prove-hes-more-than-a-name/amp/

“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.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/03/31/bellator-255-neiman-gracie-out-to-prove-hes-more-than-a-name/amp/

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

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.”

https://fansided.com/2021/03/31/bellator-255-jason-jackson-feels-he-can-defend-well-against-neiman-gracies-grappling/

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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/01/bellator-255-jason-jackson/

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.

https://fansided.com/2021/03/31/bellator-255-jason-jackson-feels-he-can-defend-well-against-neiman-gracies-grappling/

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.