Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix Final is the headliner for Bellator 295. Raufeon Stots arguably one of the best Bantamweights in the world, Bellator Interim Bantamweight Champion defends his title against Patchy Mix.
In addition of winning the Grand Prix final fighters are battling for one million dollars as well, money all fighters dream to earn. Really love that Bellator is giving opportunity to fighters to earn life changing money.
Bellator 295 Main Event between Stots and Mix sells itself two of the best Bantamweights in the world, Yes completely understand that they fight for Bellator not under three letters UFC but these two men are excellent fighters who defeated high caliber fighters.
Looking forward to watching these great Bantamweight fighters give everything they have in the Bellator Grand Prix final, showcasing why there amazing fighters till the very end. Really hope this fight lives up to the hype and brings Bellator to the next level.
Raufeon Stots on Fighting Mix
Remains undefeated with Bellator, winning all of his seven fights. Since 2021 really seen the improvements in Stots overall game from defeating Magomedov strong unanimous performance win, KO’d former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Juan Archuleta & stood victorious against rival Danny Sabatello.
Three confidence building wins mixed with strong division two wrestling background, improved overall striking ability led to prix finale win.
“My wrestling and striking is going to be way better than him. Not that he can’t wrestle or can’t strike, I just think I have more tools in that division.” Raufeon Stots https://cagesidepress.com/2023/04/21/bellator-295-raufeon-stots-anxiety/
Training down in Houston with Thug Jiu-Jitsu master Yves Edwards, Fifty/50 Martial Arts Academy(Ryan Hall Gym) with Ryan Hall & Cory Sandhagen. Learning great jiu-jitsu defense from brilliant grappling mind to help with his title fight against Patchy Mix.
The pressure of fighting in Grand Prix Final with million dollars on the line but winning that million dollars is so life changing for these guys that Stots will do everything he can to win. Fighting a really difficult matchup compared to other opponents.
“I’m excited for this fight, and I’m excited for what the future holds after that,” Stots said. “Everything is kind of coming full circle.” Raufeon Stots
Patchy Mix on Stots
Patchy Mix considered the underdog in this fight but that won’t throw off his confidence. Completely capable of winning as he defeated great fighters from Kyoji Horiguchi & Magomed Magomedov. Defeating Japan’s greatest MMA fighter of all time definitely was confidence booster for him knowing he can hang with him.
“I took out (Kyogi) Horiguchi – former champion. I put (Magomed) Magomedov off to sleep. I’ve only gotten better now. Patchy Mix said at open workout session Bellator 295 Hawaii https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2023/04/bellator-295-honolulu-hawaii-video-patchy-mix-submission-raufeon-stots-take-neck-bantamweight-grand-prix-final
Facing Stots arguably maybe his toughest opponent as Stots is on another level right now with strong impressive wins but since 2021 Patchy Mix really found his stride. Right in the mix as one of the top Bantamweights.
During his reign of being King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion never would’ve thought million dollars was in his future but at Bellator 295 has the huge opportunity to earn life changing money.
Taking serious advantage of this opportunity training down at his home gym Xtreme Couture with laundry list of training partners from Manel Kape, Mads Burnell, Amir Albazi, Cody Garbrandt to name a few and getting some looks from Islam Makhachev.
“My skill set will trump his,” Mix said. “I think he’s good. I’m prepared for war. I’m prepared to go through Hell and back to earn my world title, to earn the million dollars and to earn that Grand Prix title, as well.” https://nypost.com/2023/04/21/patchy-mix-put-in-time-to-prep-for-bellator-295-title-fight/
“I feel better prepared, a better mindset, a better camp,” says Mix on zoomcall with nypost.com
MMA Coach of the Year Eric Nicksick definitely will perfect gameplan taking advantage of Mix size and long reach against smaller opponent. Sabatello had success against Stots on the ground and Patchy my opinion has the better jiu-jitsu skills.
” I’m here for Raufeon Stots’ neck. I’m not here to go the distance. I’m here to put him away. I’m here to dominate him and finish him.” Mix said at workout session Bellator 295 https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2023/04/bellator-295-honolulu-hawaii-video-patchy-mix-submission-raufeon-stots-take-neck-bantamweight-grand-prix-final