Bellator Newest Signing Khasan Askhabov

Bellator continues to develop there roster, Signing World Class fighters from Yoel Romero, Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader to prospects Usman Nurmagomedov, Magomed Magomedov, Yaroslav Amosov.

Bellator newest signing flying under the radar is Khasan Askhabov, One of the best Lightweight prospects in the world!! Born in Ukraine with his twin brother Khusein Askhabov, Trains at American Top Team with the best fighters in the world under the tutelage of Mike Brown.

Khasan Askhabov High Level Grappler and Jiu-Jitsu player, Solid striking. Watching his WWFC Full Fights easily recognize he dominates fighters with his wrestling, Shoots for takedowns. Good luck stopping him.

Biggest win for Khasan was defeating Mikhail Odintsov one of the best Belarus prospects. Defending his WWFC Featherweight Title.

  • 23-2 record
  • WWFC Lightweight Champion
  • American Top Team
  • 26 years old
  • Twin Brother of Khusein Askhabov

Khasan Askhabov signed with First Round Management, Managed by Malki Kawa. One of the best managers in the MMA game.

Sweet long term investment by signing Khasan Askhabov to the Bellator Lightweight division. Potential fights against Brent Primus, Sidney Outlaw, Goiti Yamaguchi which would be a fun fight in the future. Both are very good grapplers.

Bellator 266 Prospects

Christian Edwards Jackson Wink

Christian Edwards one of two Jacksonwink Scholarship fighters. Becoming part of the next generation of Jackson Wink MMA Academy fighters. Bellator luck to have signed him.

Undefeated record of 5-0, Coming off a win against EFC Light Heavyweight Champion Simon Biyong. Win in the right direction.

Bellator built up the name of AJ McKee, Aaron Pico, James Gallagher and now time for Christian Edwards to rake up wins. Big time KO’s on the big time Bellator stage.

“As an opponent, I’m not looking past him in any way, shape, or form, but also at the same time, like, as an opponent, like skill-wise is not there with me. Like, not even close if being honest,” Edwards said. “He is very confident, which I like, you know what I mean? Like, he’s confident, and he genuinely thinks it will be a competitive fight. I want him to think that because I want him to bring his best. I want the best Ben Parrish.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/09/16/bellator-266-christian-edwards-is-glad-his-ben-parrish-saga-is-almost-over-ive-thought-about-hurting-this-man-for-too-long/

“After this fight I’ll be 6-0 all under Bellator, and the guys I’ve fought aren’t like chumps or anything, they’re not like scrubs, they’re not like the Top 10 guys. I am elite, so I want to fight someone else elite. I’ll just wait until they give me someone who’s elite; in the Top 10.”

https://www.sports-addict.net/en/article/bellator/christian-edwards-heads-into-bellator-266-believing-that-he-s-destined-for-greatness/61401e6816c7050009fdc6cd

Grant Neal

Grant Neal rising Bellator Light Heavyweight prospect, 6-0 record all under Bellator. Built like a BRICK. Former two time Colorado state champion in wrestling, D-2 wrestler. He’s a killer. High level athlete.

“I’m not here just to be here I’m here to make noise, I’m here to go for the title. I believe that beating the guy front of you is the most important and continuing to do that, Winning every fight I think that will be important in projecting myself forward.” Grant Neal Bellator 266 media day

“My official prediction is absolute violence. It is going to be a violent fight. It is going to be vicious, and I’m going to be in pursuit of a finish. I know that Alex is going to be a game dance partner, and I know he’s looking to do the same thing to me. So I’m excited about this fight. I’m excited to have a very tough opponent. And I know that we’re going to put on an absolute show,” Neal said.

cagesidepress.com/2021/09/15/bellator-266-grant-neal-hopes-to-be-on-the-main-card-soon-but-says-you-need-exciting-guys-on-the-prelims-too/

Facing Alex Polizzi former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion at Bellator 266. Toughest fight of his career. Looking forward to this fight. See who moves up the ranks.

Bellator 266 Saul Rogers Moves Up to Lightweight

Former Ultimate Fighter 22 contestant would’ve been under the Ultimate Fighter Winner if he didn’t fake his VISA, Life would’ve changed forever if UFC just allowed it to happen.

Signed with Bellator, 2-2 record right now. Trouble cutting weight, Hard time fighting at Featherweight where you got to cut down to 145 pounds.

“I was killing myself getting down to 145lbs. Now I’m fighting a weight higher and much healthier.” Saul Rogers

https://www.bbc.com/sport/mixed-martial-arts/58573932

” Just focusing on plainly cutting weight when I was fighting at featherweight in the past the whole camp about making weight you know what I’m saying and all the time I’m hungry all time, I’m tired all the time and didn’t want to do anything in between and this fight camp now. “

MMA Junkie interview with Saul Rogers Bellator 266

Moving up to Lightweight definitely will help but see is he has success. First test is facing the MMA veteran with 31-11-1 Georgi Karakhanyan. Fought everyone from the sun including AJ McKee, Lance Palmer, Emmanuel Sanchez, Myles Jury.

Training at Sanford MMA with the killers from Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson, Aung La Sang, Michael Chandler, Derek Brunson. Iron Sharpens Iron is very true and will see how good Saul Rogers can potentially be, He’s only 31 years old. PRIME years for an athlete.

“I feel like this fight is going to be fight of the night. It’s going to be a good fight. He likes to come forward, I like to come forward.”

https://www.bbc.com/sport/mixed-martial-arts/58573932

Rogers looks shredded, Way more fit cutting to 155 pounds. Curious see how this one goes. Wishing Saul Rogers the best.

Arman Tsarukyan Go for the Kill Tonight

UFC Fight Night Anthony Smith vs Ryan Spann is a fun fight to watch but this card doesn’t blow your head back. These not so popular fighters can build there name and standout from the crowd.

Arman Tsarukyan is one of my favorite fighters on the UFC roster. Most MMA fans beside hardcore fans have no clue who he is but fighting on this Fight Night card tonight can show everyone he’s a future UFC Lightweight Champion.

Toe to Toe with Islam Makhachev in his UFC debut. Ever since than became a fan of Arman.

Riding high on a three fight winning streak facing Christos Giagos 19-8 record. Expect a dominant win, Big time finish to get him more popular. ESPN pushing his KO on social media.

#14th ranked UFC Lightweight continue to rake up wins, Knocking out Giagos definitely needs to call out some top Lightweights. 2021 can be the year of Arman to rise to the top of the division if he fights Gregor Gillespie, Damir Ismagulov, Thiago Moises to name a few.

“I want to fight with [Al] Iaquinta,” was his initial reply. However, before explaining why, he switched up his answer, simply saying he wanted any ranked opponent. “I want to fight with top 15, top 10. I want to let everybody know who I am.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/07/20/ufc-fight-island-2-arman-tsarukyan/

Go for the kill, Steal the show. Make an impression on the UFC as they market him as a rising star. Only 24 years old 16-2 record.

Regional Prospects of the Week 9/16 – 9/19

Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov CFFC 100

Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov defending his CFFC Lightweight Title, Renzo Gracie Philly prospects trains with Pat Sabatini and Sean Brady. Defending his CFFC Lightweight title in tremendous fashion would catch the radar of matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.

  • 5-1
  • 28 years old
  • 3 fight winning streak all finishes under 3 rounds

Victor Dias Titan FC 72

Titan FC Flyweight Champion potential fighter on the Dana White Contender Series facing Ryskulbek Ibraimov 19-8 flyweight.

Dias is a grapple against the cage, Take control of the positioning type of fighter. Doesn’t have the craziest striking game.

  • 9-2
  • Titan FC Flyweight Champion

Muhammadjon Naimov Titan FC 72

Elevation Fight Team prospect, Taekwondo Champion. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series is on a two fight losing steak but looking to bounce back at Titan FC 72 against Andes Ponce.

Time to get a winning streak going, Building that confidence, Showing interest from the top promotions.

  • 5-2 record
  • 27 years old
  • Elevation Fight Team
  • WAKO World Champion

Mohammed Sadok Trabelsi NFC Fight Series

German Featherweight prospect fough for German promotion GMC, fighting right now in the NFC Series Playoffs. Facing against Former Professional Fighter League featherweight Max Coga.

Naoki Inoue Rizin 30

Former UFC Flyweight, Inoue one of the favorites to win the Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix. Can be one of Rizin’s next stars. Facing off against Yuto Hokamura in the Quaterfinals.

Inoue is on a three fight first round finishing streak, Looks to finish him as he can move on to the semis.

  • 16-2
  • 24 years old
  • Five Fight Winning Streak

Koji Takeda Rizin 30

Next generation of Japan MMA fighters, Lightweight prospect is two fights in with Rizin. Future Rizin Lightweight Title Challenger with more wins lead to a title shot.

  • 12-1 record
  • Deep Lightweight Champion
  • 26 years old
  • #1 Japan Lightweight

UAE WARRIORS 21 & 22 PROSPECTS TO WATCH

Mohammad Yahya UAE Warriors 21

Mohammad Yahya rising Lightweight prospect from the Middle East is fighting for the UAE Warriors vacant Lightweight title.

Two fight winning streak, Fought for Bellator and Desert Force before signing with UAE WARRIORS.

Pressure fighting style, Shoots for the takedowns and gets them successfully but continues to ground & pound his opponent non stop.

Badreddine Diani UAE WARRIORS 21

3-1 MOROCCO WELTERWEIGHT PROSPECT is going to become a star prospect from Africa one day as he continues to improve EVERYDAY. Badreddine fought a Glory Kickboxing Middleweight Champion. Kept up with the stand up striking.

Impressive to watch yes he lost but shown his promise. Now Diani is fighting Abdulla Al Bousheiri 8-2 record. Shows how much they believe in Badreddine Diani’s potential.

  • 6 x african sambo champion
  • sambo champion

Rany Saadeh UAE Warriors 22

Toughest fight of his life facing one of the leaders of American Kickboxing Academy in Shawn Bunch.

Rany Saadeh is the former BAMMA Flyweight champion, Formerly fought for ACB and BAMMA before signing with UAE Warriors.

Born and raised in Germany, One of the best German prospects to watch this year.

Jarno Errens UAE WARRIORS 22

Dutch Featherweight prospect making his UAE WARRIORS DEBUT against Ali Kabdulla Kazakhstan Featherweight prospect. 11-2 record former Strength & Honour Featherweight Champion.

Last fight defeated Mert Özyildirim a top German Featherweight prospect BY UNANIMOUS DECISION.

Jarno Errens 11-2 record 26 years old is sorta a underrated prospect but winning fights under the UAE Warriors promotion will definitely help.

Ramazan Kuramagomedov UAE WARRIORS 22

Dagestan savage is only 23 years old with a 8-0 record. Fought on the biggest promotions from ACB, Professional Fighters and the Cage Fury Fighting Championship.

Won his fight on the Dana White Contender Series against Jordan Williams. Didn’t get the finish, Impress Uncle Bobby Dana enough to get signed.

However I was very impressed with his skills, Yes he’s a talented grappler like all Dagestans are but his striking definitely a nice addition to. Combines his striking with unexpected kicks while Zabit Magomedsharipov.

Yes Ramazan trains with Zabit back in Dagestan at Dag fighter but also trains in New Jersey at Ricardo Almeida BJJ with the Head Coach and genius Mark Henry.

Fighting an Argentinian Welterweight prospect Matias Juarez but good luck to him I think Ramazan will have a killer performance.

ACA 127 Featherweight Showdown

Absolute Championship Akhmat is the #1 Russian MMA Prospect, Future UFC fighters, Future Bellator fighters facing the best Eastern Europe prospects in the world.

ACA 127 is a GREAT card but there’s one fight I’m really looking forward to watching…

Andrey Goncharov vs Apti Bimarzaev is a ACA Featherweight showdown Top Five Featherweight matchup.

Apti Bimarzaev

Easily one of my favorite MMA Featherweight prospects. Number one Belarus prospect, He’s a world class fighter and can fight in the UFC, PFL, One Championship or Bellator right now.

Wins over Luis Palomino( Fought Justin Gaethje WSOF) #6 ACA Featherweight Tural Ragimov. Riding high 13 fight winning streak and now close to challenging the ACA Featherweight title.

Sambo fighting style, Easy avoiding shots but needs to be careful when fighting for a MAJOR 4 promotion where he’ll get hit hard.

However he’s a world class fighter and will give many fighters problems because of his grappling ability, Defensive striking. Pressuring the center of the ring.

Andrey Goncharov

Gradually rising up the Russian ranks now an upcoming Featherweight prospect. Riding high on a five fight winning streak. Knocking out opponents or putting on dominant impressive performances.

Force to be reckoned with in the next generation of Russian MMA.

Goncharov vs Apti Bimarzaev will be a ACA Featherweight classic and I can’t watch to watch this fight!!

8/27 -8/29 2021 Prospects to Watch USA Regional Scene

Alejandro Flores PFL 2021 #9

One of the best Latin American Featherweight prospects!! Behind Andres Quintana as the second best Featherweight.

Made his name under Campbell McLaren promotion Combate Americas. 19-3 record Levy Saúl Marroquín, Victor Madrigal for wins that are respected Latin American prospects.

Now fighting in front of a new audience with the Professional Fighters League opportunity to build his brand in the United States.

  • 19-3
  • 30 years old
  • Combate Americas Featherweight Grand Prix finalist
  • #2 Mexican Featherweight prospect

Joe Giannetti Cage Titans 49

Former Ultimate Fighter 27 Lightweight finalist fighting on the regional scene fought for LFA and now fighting for the Cage Titans Lightweight title against Darius Estell.

Always cheering for Joe Giannetti he’s a stud and a savage. Cage Titans Lightweight Champion maybe gets a shot under a MAJOR promotion like Professional Fighters League, Combate Americas, KSW, Rizin or One Championship. Whatever brings the most money to the table.

  • 9-4=1
  • Ultimate Fighter Season 27 finalist
  • Has a Tiktok account

Lisa Verzosa

Lisa Verzosa rising Bantamweight prospect fought basically of her fights under the Invicta FC promotion. Lisa one step closer to fighting for UFC when she fights Taneisha Tennant for the Invicta FC Bantamweight Title.

Lisa is a pitbull stocky like Amanda Nunes, Heavy hands looking forward to watching her Co-Main Event fight.

Bruno Souza LFA 114

Karate World Champion transferred his Karate success to the ring now fighting for the LFA Featherweight title with a 9-1 record right now. Defeated Elijah Johns(Miles Johns little brother) at LFA 102.

Next version of Lyoto Machida, Trains at Machida academy.

Winning the LFA Featherweight Title can compete on the Dana White Contender Series winning a UFC contract.

Charles Johnson LFA 114

Charles Johnson one of the best flyweights in the world, Current LFA Flyweight Champion. Winning the LFA Flyweight title against Yuma Horiuchi at LFA 100.

LFA 100 Johnson vs Horiuchi is a GREAT Flyweight fight constant pressure between them. Testament to Charles Johnson defeating a high level flyweight prospect.

  • 9-2 record
  • LFA Flyweight Champion
  • trains at AKA Thailand

Hope he gets a opportunity on the Dana White Contender Series with a win.

João Camilo LFA 114

Nova União Goiás prospect 7-4 record prime of his career at 29 years old. Top Ten Flyweight Prospect in the United States.

Elmar Umarov LFA 114

St Charles MMA prospect trains with Julius Anglickas, Lucius “Cassius” Clay. Elmar Umarov 3-0 prospect hope grows in 2021 fighting for Legacy Fighting Alliance.

Dominant wrestler, Murdering his opponents. Born and raised in Russia now seeking a better life training hard at St Charles MMA.

  • 3-0
  • St Charles MMA
  • Amateur record 6-0

What’s Next for Winners of Bellator 265

Logan Storley

Logan Storley lost by split decision to Yaraslav Amosov showed the improvements in his game. Facing one of the best Welterweights in the world.

Bounce back split decision win against Dante Schiro, Former LFA & One Championship fighter. Expected a dominant win against Schiro in his hometown of South Dakota but the pressure got to him.

Win is a win and Storley is the #5th Bellator Welterweight, Close to a title shot in 2021. Getting his revenge in 2021 against Yaraslav Amosov.

“It hurts your ego that you didn’t get to go do that for them, that’s why I was so disappointed. I wanted to go out there and put on an exciting show for the state of South Dakota,” Storley told the Argus Leader after not being able to get a TKO victory.

https://www.argusleader.com/story/sports/2021/08/21/im-coming-home-logan-storley-bellator-mma-take-sioux-falls/8223560002/

“I know it wasn’t the best performance, but I did that same thing with Yaroslav and made him the most exhausted he’s ever been,” said Storley. “That’s kind of my style, is grinding and adding more implements to it, to be more explosive and get damage. But he knows how deep I took him into those waters, and had him in trouble, and [Douglas] Lima didn’t do that to him.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/08/22/bellator-265-logan-storley-welterweight/

Next for Storley can face Neiman Gracie in his next fight. 4X NCAA All-American at University of Minnesota vs 2nd degree black belt under Renzo Gracie. Second most submission wins in Bellator history.

Second option is facing teammate Jason Jackson #3 Bellator Welterweight in a high level Welterweight fight. Waiting on line for a title shot. Definitely a fight worth waiting for and watching.

Third option is facing a HIGH LEVEL Bellator welterweight prospect like Jaleel Willis(LFA Welterweight Champion) 15-2 record.

Last option is sit and wait for the loser of MVP vs Douglas Lima.

Jornel Lugo vs Brian Moore

Jornel Lugo red hot since signing with Bellator. Defeating Cass Bell, Keith Lee. Top Ten Bellator Bantamweight right now. Move up few more rankings higher with wins against Leandro Higo, Brian Moore, Matheus Mattos.

Jornel Lugo responded in his post fight conference about fighting Brian Moore in Dublin on November 25th.

UFC Vegas 34 Fighters to Watch

Looking forward to the Main Event of Jared Cannonier vs Kelvin Gastelum but this is a sneaky good card with some fights to watch to keep you tuned in until the main event.

Trevin Jones vs Saidyokub Kakhramonov

Trevin Jones 13-6 record looked really good in his LAST fight against Mario Bautista. Three fight winning streak.

UFC debut for the CFFC Bantamweight Champion Saidyokub Kakhramonov 8-2 record. Trains at Team Oyama with Marlon Vera, Alex Perez, Louis Smolka.

Vinc Pichel vs Austin Hubbard

13-2 Underrated UFC Lightweight ONLY TWO LOSSES are to Rustam Khabilov and Gregor Gillespie. Nothing but ashamed of Vinc Pichel. Fought on Ultimate Fighter Season 15 final losing to Al Iaquinta.

“I feel like I outmatch him everywhere, whether it’s striking, grappling, or even cage control and fight IQ,” Pichel told MMASucka. “I’m looking to finish the fight. I’m definitely not looking to fight 15 minutes. I’m going to be looking to finish him the whole time.” https://mmasucka.com/2021/08/15/vinc-pichel-vs-austin-hubbard/

“I’m not looking to fight him for 15 minutes. I’m looking to finish this kid. I want to go out there and make a statement. Normally, I like to beat the hell out of guys. I’ll grind them out and make them regret taking the fight, as you saw with Jim Miller. I tried to finish him, but Jim Miller is a hard guy to finish. I wasn’t able to finish him, so I just bruted him like I normally do. ” https://mmasucka.com/2021/08/15/vinc-pichel-vs-austin-hubbard/

38 years old facing off the former LFA Lightweight Champion… Austin Hubbard the 29 year old fighter.

3-3 UFC record looking to have the best fight of his life against the UFC vet Vinc Pichel

“I believe this is going to be a three-round war and one of those fights that has Fight of the Night potential,” he continued. “I’m confident where I’m at that I’m going to win that three-round war, but I’m definitely not taking this challenge lightly. From the fights I’ve watched and the things I’ve seen, he’s going to be there, he’s going to be bringing it, and I’m just really looking forward to this challenge.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/austin-hubbard-thrilled-challenge-vinc-pichel-ufc-fight-night-cannonier-gastelum

Win over Pichel helps Austin Hubbard test free agency, Building his value. Showing he defeated a very tough fighter before leaving UFC.

Pantoja vs Royval

Alexandre Pantoja #3 Flyweight coming off a win against Former Rizin Bantamweight Champion Manel Kape. VERY CLOSE to a UFC Flyweight Title.

“I want to deserve my opportunity and this fight is going to give me that opportunity.” Alexandre Pantoja

https://www.ufc.com/news/alexandre-pantoja-wants-earn-his-big-opportunities-ufc-vegas-34

Brandon Royval LFA Flyweight Champion 12-5 record defeated Kai Kara France, Tim Elliot in his UFC career.

“I have to go in there and make a statement,” Royval said. “I plan on finishing him. A finish over him also shows I’m the deadliest guy in the division.” https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/exclusive-interviews/brandon-royval-expects-to-finish-the-scariest-flyweight-in-alexandre-pantoja-and-earn-rematch-with-brandon-moreno-theres-unfinished-business/

Two flyweights going at it, HIGH LEVEL flyweights looking to challenge for the UFC Flyweight Title in 2021. FIGHT OF THE NIGHT.

Kai Kamaka Testing Free Agency

Kai Kamaka testing free agency after his UFC contract expiring. Smart move for the young Featherweight who had a tough go fighting for UFC. 1-2-1 UFC so far.

Fight of the Night against Tony Kelley, “Loss” against TJ Brown. Judges messed up the scoring on this fight many people think Kai Kamaka won, Kai Kamaka looked very good.

“Tomorrow we will be filing an appeal for the blatantly horrible decision against Kai Kamaka,” Kamaka’s manager Brian Butler wrote in a statement released to MMA Fighting. “I don’t believe I have seen one media outlet that gave that fight to TJ and from what I understand even TJ and his team say they didn’t win. There is little to no recourse on these judges not being able to do their jobs properly and for a fighter like Kai who moved his entire household from Hawaii to pursue this career, it’s simply not right.

https://www.mmamania.com/2021/5/2/22416506/kai-kamakas-team-plans-to-appeal-split-decision-loss-to-tj-brown-ufc-vegas-25

Bad luck against Danny Chavez deducting a point because of a low blow in Round 2. Judges messed this one up too, Kai Kamaka won this fight as well. Congratulations to the GREAT judges.

Finish 10-3 with UFC right now if judges scored it right but anyway time for Kamaka to test free agency and see his real value.

Any MMA promotion can sign this talented Hawaiian Featherweight, Building up the featherweight division and become a promotional rising star.

If I was Brian Butler(Kai Kamaka manager) I’d have him sign somewhere besides UFC. Time to win a Featherweight title outside the UFC and make a high earning salary as well.

Attracting the UFC to sign him seeing the radical improvements in his GAME.

“I mean on a legit update I would say it’s between Bellator and PFL right now.” I’m just gonna say I have a deal done and it was done literally the same day that the UFC decided that they weren’t gonna renegotiate.” Kai Kamaka answers on the Touch Em up podcast

https://youtu.be/xlWvIgLTG7U

Sign with Bellator or PFl facing TALENTED Featherweights every fight. Returning to Bellator in the STACKED Bellator Featherweight division, Building his name on SHOWTIME. Making money fighting in the cage and earning extra money from sponsors.

Bellator 265 Fights and Fighters to Watch

Adam Borics vs Jay Jay Wilson

Can’t have a better Co Main event for Bellator 265 with Adam Borics vs Jay Jay Wilson. Bellator Featherweight Title Contender fight between two rising Bellator featherweights.

Adam Borics jumped on the scene when defeating Aaron Pico. Riding high after the win defeating Pat Curran, Competing in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix defeating Mike Hamel, Erick Sanchez and impressive win against Jeremy Kennedy.

High level Featherweight training at Sanford MMA with Gilbert Burns, Michael Chandler, Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson and many more killers.

  • 17-1
  • 28 years old
  • Sanford MMA
  • 3rd ranked Bellator Featherweight

Jay Jay Wilson is a future Bellator star in the making. Impressed me a lot when he fought Pedro Carvalho. Dominated beginning to end. Looks to defeat the respected Adam Borics in the toughest fight of his life.

  • 8-0
  • 24 years old
  • #5th ranked Featherweight

Wilson defeating Borics will show this kid is no hype the real deal, Will have a bright future ahead of him.

I can’t wait for this fight. Definitely will be watching.

Logan Storley

Former Division One All- American wrestler at Minnesota, Bronze Medalist at the 2014 NCAA wrestling championship. Graduated with 119-27 College Wrestling record.

Transferring his successful college wrestling career to a MMA career. Right now having a 11-1 record. Last fight was against Yaroslav Amosov, Yes he lost but looked really good against him. Impressed how he kept going.

Definitely a learning experience for Storley, Shows he belongs with the best of the best Welterweights in the world.

Storley next fight is against Dante Schiro top 20 Welterweight prospect lost to Agilan Thani at One Championship . After leaving One Championship became Caged Aggression Welterweight Champion.

Fans will be cheering as Logan Storley in front of his hometown crowd in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Taking advantage of the momentum of the crowd to get the win and have a HOT STREAK in 2021, Pursuing the title.

Jornel Lugo

Special all around talent, Looks better and better every time he spends inside the Bellator cage. Becoming a fan of the Bellator Bantamweight prospect.

Jornel Lugo 6-0 25 years old is the 8th ranked Bellator Bantamweight, Facing off the younger brother of Kevin Lee.. Keith Lee. Keith Lee is a talented fighter in his own right.

Looking forward to Lugo fight against Keith Lee. He’s a fighter I’ll be watching, Underrated fighter on the Bellator roster. Showing his improvement inside the Bellator cage.

Winning Streak for Manel Kape after UFC 265

Manel Kape one of the biggest signings in UFC lately former Rizin Bantamweight Champion, Superstar in Japan as he was training at AKA Thailand ran by Mike Swick (Ultimate Fighter 1 and former UFC Fighter) .

Kape started off 0-2 with UFC losing to Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau.

However Kape FINALLY started to throw and attack. All or nothing in this fight and defeated Ode Osbourne with a first round KO. Looking like the Kape who fought for Rizin.

“I know that I will be a champion I have the characters of the champion you know I’ve been a champion and I’ll be 100% a champion in UFC this is true if everything will okay like tonight I’ll be a champion believe me.” Manel Kape

Confidence inside the Octagon can translate to a winning streak, Becoming a top 15 UFC Flyweight in 2021 or 2022.

” I should be in the top five that’s why the UFC brought me in.” Manel Kape

Dealing with adversity from the losses, Never forget where he came from. Born in Angola but immigrated to Portugal seeking a better life. Living his dream being one of the best flyweights in the world.

First goal was becoming Rizin Bantamweight Champion, Now looks to become UFC Flyweight Champion. He has all the talented in the world, All up here.

Manel Kape expecting a child this Winter that will be a extra boost mentally to become the #1 Flyweight in the world.

“I feel like I’m one of the smartest fighters in the world. I can see things that not everyone can see inside the octagon. I made this plan so perfect and everything went very well. I’m orthodox, but I can fight southpaw. I knew when I changed to orthodox, he would not see me – I would be like a ghost in front of him. I knew I’d change, and he’d move to try to attack me.”

https://news.yahoo.com/manel-kape-explains-weight-miss-175029703.html

Manel Kape Next Fight Fall 2021

Love to see a quick return before Winter for he can spend time with his wife. Barely any damage against Ode Osbourne. Earn as much money as possible negotiating his next contract.

Former TKO Flyweight Champion Malcom Gordon vs Manel Kape would be a fun matchup for each of them. Former champions before signing with UFC. Similar fighting styles looking for the finish in the early rounds. Definitely would watch this fight.

David Dvořák vs Manel Kape. David Dvorak #11th ranked Flyweight 20-3 record. Dvorak definitely a dangerous fighter. Flying under the radar with a 16 fight winning streak.

Sit and wait for the matchups Pantoja vs Royval, Alex Perez vs Matt Schnell.

Manel Kape end of 2021 without a doubt with the right mindset can be a flyweight title contender, Starting a UFC winning streak that can lead to a a UFC Flyweight Title shot if Kape defeats the right fighters.

Magomedov vs Stots Bellator 264 High Level Matchup

Bellator 264 Main Event is Gegard Mousasi defending his Bellator Middleweight title against John Salter.

Fight I’m the most excited for at Bellator 264 is Magomed Magomedov vs Raufeon Stots. High level Bantamweight fight, Battle of the TOP FIVE Bellator Bantamweights.

The winner can face the winner of James Gallagher vs Patchy Mix.(Bellator 269)

Magomed Magomedov becoming one of my favorite fighters in all of MMA., Dominating his opponents with both Bellator fights.

Entering this fight with a record of 18-1, Trains at DagFighter in the Savage City of Dagestan.

Before signing with Bellator, Magomedov fought for the #1 Russian Promotion ACB. Becoming the ACB Bantamweight Champion after defeating Petr Yan for the Vacant ACB Bantamweight Title.

Magomedov the #1 Russian Bantamweight prospect before Bellator and now he wants to show everyone he’s one of the best Bantamweight fighters in the world. Defeating Raufeon Stots would be a feather in his cap because Stots is one talented fighter.

“My transition to Bellator has been smooth so far, I’m 2-0 in the Bellator cage,” Magomedov said at this week’s Bellator 264 media day, “and I think the winner of this fight is going to get the contender’s shot, or a title shot.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/08/12/bellator-264-magomed-magomedov-title/

“I’m very excited to fight him as well but usually whoever has to fight me usually doesn’t end well for them.” Magomed Magomedov

Raufeon Stots in the prime of his career, Killing it since Bellator signed him back in 2019. Rising to the top of the Bantamweight division. Now has the toughest test of his life.

Stots taking this fight serious as possible training with CORY SANDHAGEN.

“Cory Sandhagen is a cool dude,” Stots told MMA Junkie. “I called him out like years ago, I think before I was in the UFC, he was in the UFC making big splashes, and he needed an opponent. I called him out and then I’d seen him in an elevator, and then I was like, ‘Hey, man, I called you out a couple of weeks ago. I’m just trying to get in. Whoever I could fight.’ He hit me up on social media and was like, ‘Would you be interested in some cross training?’ And I was like, ‘F*ck yeah.’

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/08/bellator-264-raufeon-stots-trained-for-magomed-magomedov-fight-with-cory-sandhagen

“I feel like I’m better everywhere and that’s what I’ve been training so I can be better but you know the general public a lot of times like needs time to catch up you know what I mean, No one knows really he thinks he’s the best I’m the best you know I definitely this it.”

“I’m going to go out there and prove it.”

Before ever stepping inside the ring Stots was a NCAA D2-All American wrestler at Nebraska-Kearney for 2012 and 2013. Defending Magomedov’s wrestling, Grappling ability.

I genuinely have NO CLUE who WINS this fight, Both fighters have there advantages in some aspects but the matchup is perfect. I can’t wait for this fight sit on the couch and watch a high level fight. Two ferrets fighting inside the cage!!

August 13th and 14th MMA prospects to Watch

UWC 28

Christian Quiñonez

15-3 #1 Latin American Bantamweight prospect, Born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Current Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico Bantamweight Champion, Defending the UWC Bantamweight title at UWC 28 this Friday.

Long & lengthy fighter that he uses to his advantage. Definitely deserves to fight for UFC with the rise of Brandon Moreno slowly becoming a star.

Wins over Erick Ruano 13-1, Vinicius de Oliveira Top Five Bantamweight prospect and #1 Egyptian Bantamweight Ahmed Faress.

Andres Luna Martinetti

#1 Latina American Flyweight, Part of the real first Peru MMA generation. Former FFC Flyweight Champion making his UWC debut.

  • 10-0
  • 25 years old
  • FFC flyweight champion

PFL #7

Alex Martinez

Jumped on my radar when fighting on Brave Combat Federation (Top Middle East Promotion) looking forward to his next step and signed Professional Fighters League. 1-1 with PFL, Split decision loss to former PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte and a win against Loik Radzhabov.

Facing Loik Radzhabov in the PFL Lightweight Tournament Finish in the Top 4 Qualify for the Lightweight Million Prize.

  • 8-1
  • 27 years old
  • Fought for Brave CF, Ikon Fighting Federation

Magomed Umaltov

Undefeated record of 10-0, Former Eagles Fighting Championship Welterweight Champion. One of the best Russian Welterweights that signed with the PFL. Facing off against Micah Terrill in his second PFL apperance.

Trains at American Top Team with some of the best Fighters in the world. Showing his skills, Combat Sambo monster.

Combate Global

Yasmine Jauregui

Top Five Latin American Strawweight prospect, Continuing to build her name as one of the best strawweight prospects in the world.

More fights the better for Yasmine with only five pro fights, Already has the UWC Strawweight Title looking to be rewarded the Combate Americas Strawweight Title in the one night Women’s Strawweight title.

Headlining the Combate Global event facing off against Stephanie Frausto 8-7 United States Women’s prospect.

Moves on can win the 8 woman one night strawweight tournament.

CFFC 99

Criszaida Adames

Adames rising Woman’s United States Strawweight. Making her third appearance for Combate Global.

“I would place Adames as the favorite,” said Max Bretos, who serves as play-by-play commentator for Combate Global. “The quarterfinals, those fights are going to be bonkers and anything can happen. You’re going to see these girls shot out of a cannon because they know they have to get a win to move on.”

https://www.inquirer.com/sports/criszaida-adames-combate-global-mma-20210811.html

“When my manager and I talked to Will about the structure, he was all in. It’s a real test to possibly fight five, five-minute rounds but coach always has a plan to put me in the best position and I am confident in myself and excited about this unique opportunity. I’m just trying to get better and better every fight.”

https://mymmanews.com/criszaida-adames-4-0-fearless-heading-into-1-night-8-woman-tournament-at-combate-global/

Deandre Anderson

Undefeated Aabama Featherweight prospect, 152-15 Alabama High School Wrestler, State Champion wrestler. Besides MMA, Deandre Anderson boxes and kickboxes.

Won the King of the Cage World Amateur Championships and a 100k prize which is a prize rarely see in the regional scene.

Professional career built his name with the long lasting MMA promotion King of the Cage that helped many MMA fighters start there careers.

  • 4-0
  • 24 years old
  • KOTC Amateur Champion
  • Boxer and Kickboxer
  • Alabama High School State Championship wrestler

Open FC 8

Hayk Kazaryan

New fan of Armenian Featherweight prospect Hayk Kazaryan, Extremely impressive fighter. Pressure pressure fighter. Talented All-Around Skills with a 10-1 record.

Kazaryan looking to WIN the OPEN FC Bantamweight Grand Prix against one of the best Asian Bantamweight PROSPECTS… Alimardan Abdykaarov.

  • 10-1
  • 27 years old
  • 4 fight winning streak

2021 Eastern Europe Top Ten MMA Prospects

Eastern Europe region is a thriving talent pool of killers hungry to rise from the poverty areas looking to bring there families to way better lives. Fighting from the streets to the cage. Gradually becoming some of the best prospects in Eastern Europe.

Vladimir Mineev

Every hardcore MMA fan knows whose this Elite Russian Kickboxer is… The Israel Adesanya version of Russian Kickboxing. 24-2 Kickboxing Record, Multi-Time Kickboxing Champion. Currently 31 years old in the prime of his career.

Right now is the Fight Night Global Middleweight Champion, Mineev definitely should sign with UFC, Bellator, One Championship or Rizin in 2021. Compete against the best Middleweights or Light Heavyweights.

Imagine Vladimir Mineev vs Aung La Nsang!!

  • 31 years old
  • 15-1-1
  • Fight Nights Global Middleweight Champion
  • WAKO Kickboxing Champion

Roberto Soldic

Every hardcore fan and there mother aware of Roberto Soldic, He’s one of the best Welterweights in the world. KSW Welterweight Champion. Croatian Sensation, Biggest star since Mirko Cro Cop.

Why on earth he isn’t fighting for UFC or Bellator is beyond my understanding but maybe next few years can see Soldic sign with a top THREE PROMOTION.

Defeated current UFC fighter Driscuss Du Plessis, Decision loss to current Yaraslav Amosov.

  • 18-3 record
  • 26 years old
  • 5 Fight win Streak
  • KSW Welterweight Champion
  • Final Fight Welterweight Champion

Mateusz Rebecki

Polish Powerhouse is the NUMBER ONE Polish Lightweight, 2x gold medal ADCC in Poland. High level Black Belt and current FEN Lightweight Champion. FEN is a EASTERN EUROPE High Quality promotion to get your name out there.

  • 13-1 record
  • 28 years old
  • FEN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION
  • 2x ADCC Polish BJJ champion
  • 5x FEN Lightweight Title defenses
  • 12 finishes

Major Promotions definitely should sign this man, 28 years old, Finishing fights by KO or submission in the early rounds. Defeating quality opponents, Defending his title multiple times. He deserves a opportunity to show his skills to the world.

Khusein Askhabov

IMPRESSIVE undefeated record of 23-0, Russian Monster. One of my favorite MMA prospects around the world. Finally getting his opportunity for the UFC fighting on the Dana White Contender Series facing off a top Brazilian prospect Joanderson Brito.

All-Around SPECIAL Talent, Aggressive, Smart fighter whose going to kill everyone in the UFC Bantamweight Division.

  • 23-0
  • WFFC Bantamweight Champion
  • Trains at American Top Team/Tiger Muay Thai

Adrian Bartosiński

Rising 11-0 Polish Welterweight, Newcomer for KSW #1 Polish Promotion and European Promotion. One of the best Eastern Europe Welterweights, Future KSW Welterweight Title contender.

Vugar Karamov

Continue to keep talking about this fighter from Azerbaijan. Fighting for Rizin right now building his name out there. Lost his last fight against Yutaka Saito 15-4 record at Rizin 28 by split decision but I think Vugar won the fight by decision after winning the fight multiple times.

Before fighting for RIZIN fought for Bellator defeating a fighter Gustavo Wurlitzer. Impressed me when he defeated Kyle Aguon.

  • 14-1 record
  • Rizin Fighter
  • Bellator win
  • Four Time World Champion, Three Time European Champion Pankration

Vojto Barborik

Rising Slovakian Featherweight prospect, Successful career fighting for Oktagon, XFN and last fight was at KSW 60. Definitely underrated European Featherweight who has a major matchup in front of him!! Facing off against Ivan Buchinger former M1 Featherweight Champion, XFN Featherweight Champion.

Vojto is a talented fighter, Defeating Ivan Buchinger would catapult his career moving forward. Major promotion matchmakers would hear about Barborik defeating a respected European Featherweight with a 38-7 record.

  • 13-1
  • 28 years old
  • Six submission wins

Shamil Musaev

Rising KSW Lightweight with a undefeated record of 15-0 record. Shamil Musaev is a KSW Lightweight Title Contender after defeating former Titan FC Welterweight Champion Uros Jurisic at KSW 58. Next fight for Musaev is facing against Marian Ziółkowski the current KSW Lightweight Champion.

  • 10 time champion of Wushu Sanda Russia
  • European Wushu Sanda Champion
  • 27 years old

Few Title defenses if he defeats the KSW Lightweight Champion and a MAJOR promotion will sign him.

Khasan Askhabov

Khasan Askhabov twin brother of Khusein Askhabov is a beast in his own right, WWFC Featherweight Champion. Impressive talent, All around skills just like his twin brother.

His low kicks are lethal, Puts pressure on his opponents. Plenty tools in his toolshed as he trains down in Florida at American Top Team.

  • 26 years old
  • WWFC Featherweight Champion
  • Trains at American Top Team

Love watching his WWFC Fights on YOUTUBE, I hope he signs with UFC, Bellator or One Championship. He definitely deserves it.

Valeriu Mircea

Moldova #1 Prospect, Formerly was Eagles Fighting Championship Featherweight Champion. Now 1-1 with Brave Combat Federation, Hope he has a successful career in Brave since it’s the biggest Middle Eastern Promotion.

Now looking to be a Brave CF Lightweight Champion to attract bigger better promotions.

“Our goal is to get the long-awaited UFC contract, obviously, but as for now, I’m more than happy. My primary goal is the BRAVE belt. Who knows what will happen next.” Valeriu Mircea

https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/exclusive-interviews/valeriu-mircea-opens-up-on-journey-from-moldova-to-italy-loss-of-his-brother/
  • 26-7 record
  • 27 years old
  • #1 European Balkans Lightweight
  • Eagles Fighting Championship Featherweight Champion

Fighting DNA Future UFC/Bellator Fighters

Plentiful of talent all over the world. Constantly watching UFC Fight Pass, YouTube to discover future UFC, Bellator, One Championship, WSOF fighters. Look for fighters who will make a impact for there promotion not have three fights and be gone.

Aryk Kazaryan

Doubt you ever heard of Ayk Kazaryan, Armenian Featherweight prospect with a record of 10-1. Winning in promotions from ACA Young Eagles and MMA Series.

Competing for the Open FC Bantamweight Title against one of the best Eastern Europe Bantamweight prospects Alimardan Abdykaarov 14-6-1 record fought for Brave CF, WEF Pro Fight.

Ayk is one talented Featherweight, All-Around style. Mixing up with grappling or striking. Depending on the fighters weaknesses.

Eastern Europe is one of the best regions for discovering future champions and Aryk Kazaryan is a fighter who will definitely be signed by the UFC or Bellator one day.

Richie Lewis

U23 Wrestling World Champion, One of the most successful wrestlers in Rutgers Wrestling History. Transferring over to MMA now has a 2-0 record fighting for the Titan FC promotion.

Richie Lewis is 27 years old training at Goat Shed Academy. Stay fighting and developing his striking under the Titan FC Promotion. Dominating his opponents with his wrestling, No one is defending Richie Lewis wrestling, Good luck with that one.

Richie Lewis would be perfect under the Bellator promotion. Building him up properly till he has above average striking.

Islam Omarov

Islam Omarov 10-0 record 24 years old born and raised in Dagestan. Rising Russian Featherweight fighting under the Russian #1 Promotion. #7th ACA Featherweight, Future ACA Featherweight Champion in the stacked ACA FEATHERWEIGHT Champion.

Last fight defeated the #8th ACA Featherweight Bibert Tumenov in a GREAT fight back and forth high pressure paced fight.

Extremely talented fighter with a bright future ahead of him, Next few years will see Islam Omarov sign with Bellator, One Championship.

Mansur Malachiev

Undefeated 10-0 record top ten Russian Flyweight fights for Eagle Fighting Championship owned and ran by Khabib. Mansur is the current EFC Flyweight Champion defeating world class Russian flyweights, Defeating all EFC flyweight opponents with submissions.

Eagle Fighting Championship definitely will be a FEEDER LEAGUE for UFC, One Championship, PFL, RIZIN with the help of Khabib and his manager Ali. Mansur definitely will be attraction potential Major Promotions.

Mohamed Said Maalem

Mohamed Said Maalem Brave CF Light Heavyweight Champion is a tank, Built like a super soldier for the Algerian Army. Maalem 12-3 record, One of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in the world not fighting for the UFC/Bellator.

Defeated Mohammad Fakhreddine (Brave CF Middleweight Champion) for the Vacant Brave CF Light Heavyweight Title at Brave CF 52.

UFC 265 Fighters to Keep an Eye On

Derick Lewis vs Cyril Gane for the UFC Heavyweight Interim Title. One shot for Derick Lewis is night night for Gane. I can’t wait for this fight and card in general. Plenty fighters to watch who MAY have BRIGHT futures in the UFC.

Rafael Fiziev

#1 choice is the rising Lightweight, Former Muay Thai Champion Rafael Fiziev. Entering this featuring prelim fight on a three fight winning streak and facing a MMA veteran Bobby Green. Fighting since the Strikeforce days and made a big name for himself during COVID.

GREAT TEST for Fiziev to see what he’s truly made of. Fight in the right direction. PERFECT spot for a young hungry fighter to build his name on a Pay Per View card.

“This guy is very tough. He started to fight a long time ago and he has big experience. I respect all this and I respect him. But I don’t think that he has more experience than me because I have big experience in amateur fights, won them all. I’m on a good road.”

https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3144222/ufc-265-surging-lightweight-star-rafael

Rafael Fiziev 9-1 record vs Bobby Green 27-11-1. Obvious Bobby Green is the experienced fighter but Rafael Fiziev trains at Tiger Muay Thai with Petr Yan, Valentina Shevchenko, Timofey Nastyukhin (One Championship).

“I don’t think about finishing him; I never think about finishing opponents,” the recipient of performance bonuses in his last two fights said. “I’m ready every time for a hard fight, a long distance, and such a hard fight, not an easy fight. I stay ready for this every time. I never say, ‘Oh, it’s an easy fight, oh, I finish him.’ It’s never easy. It’s always hard work.”

https://www.ufc.com/news/rafael-fiziev-display-evolution-lightweight-ufc-265-lewis-vs-gane-houston

Manel Kape

Former Rizin Bantamweight Champion is 0-2 with UFC. One more chance for Kape to impress the UFC or he’s gonna be CUT from the UFC. One of the biggest UFC signings in recent years, Being the Rizin Bantamweight Champion is an accomplishment that easily attracted the UFC to sign him.

Kape has all the talent in the world but he needs to have the same confidence he had fighting for RIZIN as one of there biggest stars. Kape isn’t getting dominated biggest problem with him is striking more, Not being afraid to let it GO.

“I love watching him fight, He’s a savage, He’s a beast he’s gonna be a problem I just hope that that he gets used to the cage.” Muhammad Lawal interview with Mike Swick

“Everybody say that they can stand with me but when they feel my hands they want to shoot some takedowns… I don’t believe that we are the same level. I need to respect his left hand. He has power in his left hand, he has shown already at featherweight. But I’ve been fighting with fighters who have a lot of power in hands and nobody never knocked me down. I’m really focused for this fight and I believe I will knock out him.”

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-i-picked-tricks-ufc-flyweight-manel-kape-training-khabib-nurmagomedov

Miles Johns

UFC prospect I’m high on fights in the Bantamweight division. Explosive Bantamweight tank built like Chad Mendes. Trains at the Texas Powerhouse Gym Fortis MMA owned by former NBA All-Star Deron Williams and ran by Sayif Saud.

Facing the experienced 21-8 Anderson dos Santos. Hopefully with a win with against dos Santos there’s a winning streak and a rising year for Miles Johns. Rewarded with a bonus tonight definitely deserves the 50k’s.

Johnny Munoz Jr

Former King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion “lost” to Nate Maness in his UFC debut. I disagreed with the decision really believe Munoz Jr won the fight, Shocked by the decision but tonight we can see FIRST UFC win.

He sees plenty of advantages for himself in this fight and is envisioning a big finish to get himself in the win column.

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/08/04/ttp-ep-285-johnny-munoz-jr-jamey-simmons-ufc-265/

Traveling down to Tijuana, Mexico to train with UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION Brendan Moreno.

“I’ve been going traveling a lot to Tijuana down in Mexico it’s about an hour and a half from from where I’m at so I’ve been training a lot with Brandon Moreno I was actually part of his fight camp which was real cool being able to see him succeed and accomplish.” Johnny Munoz Jr

https://youtu.be/MYsg7hus2NY

“It’s going to be a great fight and I’m looking to showcase what Johnny Munoz is all about.” Johnny Munoz Jr

AJ McKee vs Mads Burnell First Title Defense for AJ McKee

Congratulations on the new Bellator star AJ McKee defeating the face of Bellator Patricio “Pitbull’ Friere. AJ McKee is the new Bellator Featherweight Champion.

Now it’s time to defend his Bellator Featherweight title but against who?

Mads Burnell

Mads Burnell former UFC fighter, Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion is now 3-0 with Bellator. Defeating the GREAT Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 263 in a unanimous decision win. Shows how talented Mads Burnell defeated a former Bellator Featherweight title challenger, Giving Pitbull his toughest of his life.

Burnell vs Sanchez was a back & forth fight, Testament to Burnell’s mental toughness and cardio going a high paced three round fight.

“I can say hands down for sure, I’m the slickest 145er in the world,” Burnell said at the post-fight news conference. “It may seem like I’m getting hit, but I’m rolling with the punches and all that stuff. I saw the significant strikes after the fight and I was like, ‘What the hell, man?’ Of course, he hit me with a little bit, but the shots he hit me with was like nothing.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/08/bellator-263-mads-burnell-anticipates-future-showdown-against-aj-mckee

Mads Burnell in his own right is one talented dude and will give AJ McKee a tough fight. Mads Burnell definitely deserves it after beating the title contender Emmanuel Sanchez.

Questionaire “Is AJ someone that you want to take.”

Answer ” Yeah later of course if that’s who if I have to fight for the title that’s who I have to fight.”

Burnell needs to rest, Chill with his family and fall of 2021 we can see AJ McKee have his first title defense.

Burnell will give AJ Mckee a different look, Definitely a slick fighter. A chin, Has some hands. NO GI Brazilian Jiu Jitsu European Champion. Definitely one of the best Jiu-Jitsu players in the Bellator Featherweight Division.

UFC on ESPN 28 Prospects to Watch

Melsik Baghdasaryan

Jumped on the scene fighting on the Dana White Contender Series, Beating the crap out of his opponent but Dennis Buzukja kept going because of pure well and mental strength.

However I was really impressed with his performance, HIGH LEVEL striking. Besides being a 5-1 fighter, Melsik was a Wu Lin Feng International Welterweight Kickboxing champion in 2014. K1 Welterweight Title Challenger in 2018.

“His speed and his power is unbelievable. He’s a world-class striker,” Tarverdyan said. “I believe right now when he walks in that cage on Tuesday, he’s one of the biggest punchers in the 145 division.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2020/08/31/melsik-baghdasaryan-devotes-long-hours-to-his-ufc-dream/

Melsik Baghdarsaryan trains with Edmen shahbazyan, Alfred Khashakyan.

UFC debut is against Collin Anglin, Contender Series alumnus making his UFC debut as well. One of the best Midwest Featherweight prospects.

Rafa Garcia

Rafa Garcia former Combate Americas Lightweight Champion lost his first UFC fight but had a impressive fight against Tristar Gym prospect Nasrat Hapqarast. Nothing be mad about he did a very good job in his UFC debut. Nasrat is a fighter I really respect.

Rafa Garcia facing off Chris Gruetzemacher 14-4 fighter tough dude was discovered on Ultimate Fighter Season 22. Win over Joe Lauzon.

Hope to see a better Rafa Garcia Saturday night was excited when I seen the UFC sign him.

Kai Kamaka

Xtreme Couture product since 2020 shown his potential in fight against TJ Brown. Didn’t get the win but should’ve. Kai Kamaka definitely has potential to be a Featherweight title contender in the next FEW years, Entering his prime at 26 years old.

Kai Kamaka rewarded fight of the night 50k bonus but fight against Danny Chavez will see performance of the night bonus.

“This sport can be cruel to you, but you have two choices: You can quit or you can move on. I’ve chosen to move on,” Kamaka told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello. “My feelings about the fight have stayed the same. I still feel that I won, but that’s why I just kept going.”

https://www.khon2.com/sports/after-controversial-loss-pearl-citys-kai-kamaka-iii-seeking-redemption-at-ufc-on-espn-28/

Keeps training HARD in the gym at Xtreme Couture with Dan Ige, Brad Tavares, Punahele Soriano, Aljamain Sterling when he visited Xtreme Couture will what Kai Kamaka is truly made of.

Bellator 263 Fighters to Pay Attention too

Bellator 263 is the most hyped up, Most anticipated fight in Bellator history between the face of Bellator Patricio Pitbull vs the rising star AJ McKee.

Besides the Featherweight title fight there’s so many fighters and fights to watch looking to make a name for themselves with new viewers… Move up the Bellator rankings.

Man I can’t wait for Saturday night!!

Usman Nurmagomedov

There’s the Gracie Dynasty now the Nurmagomedov dynasty. Usman Nurmagomedov part of the next generation, Future Bellator Lightweight champion.

Usman Nurmagomedov is one talented fighter ONLY 23 years old but man he’s IMPRESSIVE to watch. The way he kicks with ease with different angles, Accurate striking. Fights like Israel Adesanya. I was blown away with Usman’s Bellator debut against Mike Hamel.

Second fight of Usman’s Bellator career is against the tough Manny Muro. Undefeated fighter in his Bellator career & Jackson Wink product.

“He’ll give me a good fight but I’m in looking for finish.”

What the Heck Podcast

“I’m working with the top tier fighters all my life since I was born basically.”

Mike Heck Podcast

Guarantee he’ll be challenging for Bellator Lightweight title in 2022!!

Chris Gonzalez

Silver Medalist 2017 Greco Roman Wrestling(US National Championship) 8th place at the World Championship for the 2016 US National Team. Training now at Team Alpha Male with Cody Garbrandt, Chad Mendes, Lance Palmer, Joseph Benavidez.

Toughest fight for Chris Gonzalez is against the Bellator veteran Goiti Yamaguchi. Must be confident in his abilities from the training at Team Alpha Male to really want to fight a tough fighter, He’s no joke.

“A lot of that was because that’s what I’ve been telling Bellator I wanted. I don’t think they’ve given me anything more than I asked for,” Gonzalez explained. “I’ve continually asked for better competition and high-level fights, because I see myself as a high-level competitor as well. I train with some of the best guys in the world at Team Alpha Male, and I’m ready. Mentally, physically, all-around, I’m ready, and I’ve risen to the occasion thus far.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/07/27/bellator-263-chris-gonzalez-high-level/

Yamaguchi defeated fighters Daniel Weichel, Adam Piccolotti, Daron Cruickshank. Tied for most Bellator Lightweight submission wins with five, Most Bellator submission wins with Bellator.

Tales of two different fighting styles from Gonzalez wrestling to Goiti Yamaguchi Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu.

“Goiti is a really tough competitor,” Gonzalez said. “He’s been a Top 5 fighter in my eyes for the last five-plus years. He’s been fighting all the top competition, so it’s a great opportunity for me to show my worth and show that I’m a contender, and I’m here to stay, and I’m a legitimate threat for the title. I’m coming for it.”

https://www.mmaweekly.com/chris-gonzalez-wants-to-show-hes-a-legitimate-contender-at-bellator-263

Islam Mamedov

Part of the Dagestan savages, Newly signed Bellator fighter formerly fought for PFL and had a very successful career too. Mamedov has a 19-1 record for a reason. Defeated a talented fighters from Thiago Tavares (Former UFC fighter), Ylies Djiroun Contenders Norwich Lightweight Champion, Natan Schulte current PFL Lightweight Champion.

Since the man is talented fighting former Bellator Lightweight Title Challenger… Brent Primus.

“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” he stated. “Of course I’m happy they gave me the former champ.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/07/29/bellator-263-islam-mamedov-joined-promotion-gave-offer-couldnt-refuse/

Khasan Magomedsharipov

Last name sounds familiar… Yes the younger brother of Zabit. Khasan is one talented kid as well ONLY 20 years old with a 5-0 record.

“It was always my goal to try myself and try my skills and bring my talents to Bellator, because Bellator is one of the major organizations,” Magomedsharipov said. “It’s on the same level, I believe, as the UFC. For me, I think to debut overseas in the U.S., Bellator will be the best option for me. That’s why I picked Bellator.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/07/bellator-263-video-khasan-zabit-magomedsharipov-brother-debut-fight

Fights very similar to Zabit fighting style but just with nore experience he’ll only get better. Training with striking mastermind and pizza owner Mark Henry in New Jersey.

Rui Chen vs Jeremy Pacatiw One Championship Battleground Under the Radar

Rui Chen One Championship Featherweight with a 9-2 record facing the newly signed Jeremy Pacatiw(Phillipines Bantamweight prospect). One Championship Fight flying under the radar.

Rui Chen

Rui Chen 9-2 record is a definitely tough fighter, Fast hands. Last loss fought in a SLUGFEST against Won Il Kwon. Three rounds of action pact striking. See the high level striking in Asia compared to the United States.

We got the Korean Zombie and now the Chinese Zombie in Chen Rui.

“I’ll keep my own pace on fighting and push forward to make him feel pressure. I’ll try to control him in my own distance and find my best shot to finish him by my stand-up fighting skills. I think I can finish him by my punch and fist because he’s not a powerful striker,” he said.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/07/27/21/mma-chen-rui-out-to-spoil-jeremy-pacatiws-one-debut

Jeremy Pacatiw

Before signing with One Championship signed with Middle East powerhouse MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation. Trains at Team Lakay with Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon & Stephen Loman on a daily basis. Team Lokay is like the American Kickboxing Academy of the Phillipines.

“I want to put on a good show. That’s the impression I want to leave in my ONE debut. I have to give it my all and put it all on the line so the fans and officials can enjoy what they’ll see.”

https://asianmma.com/jeremy-pacatiw-says-it-is-win-at-all-costs-when-he-makes-his-one-championship-debut/
  • 10-4 record
  • 25 years old
  • Defeated Keith Lee current Bellator Bantamweight

Last fight and win defeated former Brave CF Bantamweight title challenger Felipe Efrain in a fast pace fight.

Jeremy has the advantage with the quickness, Striking and absorbing punches. Definitely will be a force to reckoned with in the One Championship Featherweight.

Exciting signing for One Championship.

“I’ll say now that they will see a different breed of Jeremy Pacatiw, a much better version of me,” said the fighter of his push heading into his ONE debut.

https://www.bworldonline.com/team-lakays-pacatiw-set-for-one-championship-debut/

“Of course there’s pressure. It’s my debut, it’s natural,” he said. “However, it’s up to me to stay focused and overcome that pressure to get that win and put on a great show for the fans watching at home.”

https://www.spin.ph/mma/jeremy-pacatiw-raring-to-make-a-name-for-himself-in-one-a2437-20210730

Five MMA Prospects to Keep an Eye On

Mix Martial Arts talent is growing all over the world as regional promotions discover the future UFC, Bellator and One Championship champions. I’m always looking for future champions that Major Promotions can sign, Fascinated by next prospects become champions or title challengers. Maybe some of the prospects I’ve researched will become some of the best fighters in the world in NEXT FIVE YEARS.

Farid Basharat

Farid Basharat 6-0 prospect is a very talented Bantamweight prospect from England. Younger brother of Javid Basharat. Trains out of the same gym in London Shootfighters that’s very underrated GYM from Michael “Venom” Page, Amir Albazi, Bellator prospect Norbert Novenyi Jr.

Farid Basharat I believe is better than his brother Javid.I love Farid’s fighting style, Looking for the finish. Quick hands, Southpaw.

Even though Basharat didn’t get the finish he got a dominant performance against Marco Zanetti at Contenders Norwich 29 and latest win was against Janne Elonen-Kulmala at rising MMA promotion Oktagon.

Masterful performance at Oktagon 26 with a third round submission.

Janne Elonen-Kulmala is in the top five of Nordic Bantamweight prospects. Definitely a win you want in your career that can impress the UFC, Bellator or One Championship matchmakers.

Solomon Renfro

Building his brand and name under the Cage Fury Fighting Championship, Rising Welterweight prospect at at 24 years old. Solomon Renfro is built like a TANK!! Wouldn’t want to get hit by him. Back to back wins by first round knockout.

Opportunity on the Dana White Contender Series to sign with UFC and fight the top Hawaiian prospect Johnny Parsons.

Ismael Bonfim

Top Ten Brazilian Lightweight prospect showcased his skills at LFA 111 defeated the rising Brazilian Lightweight prospect, Rangel De Sa. Awesome technical stand up fight. Rangel doing the unexpected kicks, Missing his shots because of Ismael Bonfim stand up defense.

Ismael has very good… B+ fighter IQ, Not taking dumb shots. Being careful but picking his shots. Can tell he has some dawg in his hands but didn’t get the knockout against the difficult Rangel De Sa.

  • 15-3
  • 25 years old
  • Five finishes

Watch out for Ismael Bonfim in 2021 the UFC, Bellator or One Championship will sign him.

Levi Mowles

Easily the #1 United States Bantamweight prospect, Levi Mowles is next in line for a opportunity on the Dana White Contender Series. 15-4 record 26 years old.

Latest win was against Teruto Ishihara former UFC fighter defeating him by first round rear-naked choke.

  • Former CFFC Bantamweight Champion
  • Atlas Fight Bantamweight Champion
  • Three Legacy Fighting Alliance wins
  • Defeated Jimmy Flick & Adrian Yanez

William Gomis

French top Five Featherweight prospect displayed a impressive win against the highly touted Swedish Featherweight prospect Tobias Harila. William Gomis definitely a fast athletic featherweight, Quick hands. Unorthodox fighting style kinda like Michael “Venom” Page.

  • 7-2 record
  • 25 years old
  • Trains at Atch Academy with Salahdine Parnasse(Former KSW Featherweight Champion)

William Gomis definitely will be a future UFC, Bellator Featherweight fighter in the next few years maybe capturing the Cage Warriors Featherweight Title or a regional title will help get him signed.

Next fight for Adrian Yanez after Defeat of Phillips?

Mini looking version of Jorge Masvidal… Adrian Yanez has been knocking out opponents since we discovered him on the Dana White Contender Series.

Since signing with UFC has been on a three fight win knockout streak. Defeating former Alaska FC Bantamweight Victor Rodriguez, former Combate Americas Bantamweight Champion and Randy Costa whose a tough dude not like he’s easy.

Adrian Yanez is the REAL DEAL, Not superstar level but definitely can be a fan favorite. He has those street DAWGS in there hands.

“For me, I’m still going to try to punch him in the face and do whatever I can to get the win. When you’re in there, it’s you or him, and to me, I’m always thinking it has to be me. I have to win and be the guy that comes out on top. The first part of that was definitely because Randy was doing such a good job.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/07/adrian-yanez-confident-face-randy-costa-again-ufc-espn-27-video

Adrian Yanez definitely going to win more with the dawgs in his hands, He’s very very GOOD and I watch MMA all the time.

27 years old, Rising UFC Bantamweight prospect with exciting fights and finishes. Skies the limit for Adrian Yanez, He’s a top 20-25 UFC Bantamweight. Really looking forward to seeing what’s in stored for Adrian Yanez in 2021.

“Hopefully, I can get two more fights in after this fight. It would set me up somewhere in a top-25 fight for the 2022 year, so I can really just dig my feet into the ground, grind and work my way up to the top-15, top-5, and hopefully the belt. That’s my plans, and I’m sticking to it.”

https://mmasucka.com/2021/07/16/adrian-yanez-randy-costa-to-bring-dog-out/

What’s Next for Adrian Yanez?

Timur Valiev

Timur Valiev former WSOF Bantamweight signed with UFC, First fight was a knockout loss than now TWO back to back dominant wins. 18-2 record, Prime of his career. From the hard part of Dagestan that have something under the water over there because they breed WORLD CLASS fighters.

Gold Medalist in the European Pankration Champion and Pankration World Champion.

Valiev vs Yanez would be fun fight to watch, TWO different styles which can be very interesting.

Tony Gravely

Former #1 United States Bantamweight prospect, Won SEVERAL regional bantamweight titles. On a two fight winning streak fought everyone from Merab Dvalishvili, Ricky Bandejas, Patchy Mix in his MMA career.

Trains with killers at American Top Team. All the success lead him to fighting for UFC.

Louis Smolka

Louis Smolka UFC Fifteen Fight veteran was going to fight Sean O’ Malley but Smolka got a staph infection. Louis Smolka is definitely a tough guy fought all the talented fighters, Adrian Yanez can definitely see where’s he at talent wise. What needs to be fixed.

Smolka is a dawg and will put everything on the line in the Octagon. Definitely can be another slug fest in the making.

MMA Prospects to Watch July 24 & July 25th

Farid Bashrat

Farid Bashrat London Shootfighters Bantamweight prospect flying to Czech Republic to fight on Oktagon 26 facing Janne Elonen-Kulmala Top Finland Bantamweight prospect with a 16-8-1 record.

Farid Bashrat brother Javid Bashrat is a 10-0 Lightweight prospect from England. Farid last fight was at Contender Norwich 29 dominating Marco Zannetti. Farid has that Lyoto Machida and old Conor McGregor taekwondo fighting style.

Levi Mowles

Levi Mowles 14-4 #1 Bantamweight prospect from United States. Former CFFC Bantamweight Champion, Atlas Fights Bantamweight Champion. No doubt Levi Mowles is going on the Dana White Contender Series in 2021, Next step in MMA career.

Levi next fight is facing Teruto Ishihara former UFC Bantamweight. Test fight for Levi to see he’s talented enough to face UFC fighters.

Ryoji Kudo

Ryoji Kudo 10-1-1 record 28 years old, Seven Fight Winning streak with a three round FIRST ROUND KO streak. Fought on the One Warrior Series where Rich Franklin discover next prospects for One Champion.

Ryoji Kudo prime of his career, Talented southpaw striker. This dude is an animal, Continues to PRESSURE his opponents. Watching his fights started making me become a fan of him. Focus on his standup but has solid Jiu-Jitsu game.

Ryoji Kudo fighting for the VACANT SHOOTO Featherweight Title. Looking to become one of the best Japan prospects sign with UFC, Bellator or One Championship in 2021.

UFC on ESPN 27 Fights to Watch

EVERY MMA fan is excited for TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen Main Event fight but top to bottom is a sneaky card.

Maycee Barber vs Miranda Maverick

Maycee Barber hot prospect as she was determined to become the UFC youngest champion, Taking over the throne over Valentina Shevchenko. Torn ACL stopped the momentum of Maycee Barber losing to Roxanne Modaferri than to Alexa Grasso.

“Bring it on,” Barber told MMA Junkie at a media day at the UFC Apex. “It’s been a roller coaster, but it’s been a huge learning lesson, and I’ve had a lot of fun with it. There’s going to be good times and bad times along life, and I’m ready for it all – and ready to learn and grow from it all.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/07/ufc-on-espn-27-maycee-barber-unshaken-by-recent-struggles

Switching camps to Team Alpha Male, Owned by Urijah Faber. Looking to change things up.

“It’s been really good, you know, California is amazing. It’s super beautiful, and I got a good tan, but the team overall, you know, is a lot of motivated people. There are people that are trying to be at the top of the UFC, and there are also people who are trying to get into the UFC and in other big promotions. I feel like there are two different levels of hunger, but they’re both hunger.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/07/22/maycee-barber-relocated-california-training-team-alpha-male/

I just love how everybody is in the same building as well and they are all on the same page which is what I need at this point in my career. I’ve also been working with Urijah Faber a lot and got some work in with Danny Castillo, Chris Holdsworth, and then all their fighters around my weight there.”

https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/exclusive-interviews/maycee-barber-explains-move-to-team-alpha-male-im-not-going-to-sit-around-and-wait-for-people-or-beg-them-to-come-on-this-journey-with-me/

Defeating Miranda Maverick definitely help her confidence boost, Feels good to get that first win back. Barber returning to a winning streak in 2021.

Miranda Maverick former Invicta Flyweight Tournament winner, Two fight UFC winning streak at 24 years old with a 9-2 record. #13 UFC Flyweight right now and defeating the hot prospect Maycee Barber but Miranda Maverick is her own hot prospect.

“My school will be over in the fall, and then I’ll have less to worry about, so I’ll be able to put more of my focus on fighting. And I’m really excited about what I can do [as a fighter] when I have that time to focus more on training, nutrition, all of those kinds of things that lead to success in this business.”

https://sports.yahoo.com/ph-d-candidate-miranda-maverick-juggling-studies-with-promising-ufc-career-001533278.html

“I’m still pretty young in this sport and I’ve got a lot ahead of me. The key is to keep learning and getting better and I do feel I’ll be better [Saturday] than the last version of me you saw.”

https://sports.yahoo.com/ph-d-candidate-miranda-maverick-juggling-studies-with-promising-ufc-career-001533278.html

“That’s the only fight I didn’t want because I think we are very young prospects and I think we both have a big future in this sport,” Miranda said. “She (Maycee) is already on a two-fight losing streak, she is gonna be on a three-fight losing streak.”

https://www.essentiallysports.com/mma-ufc-news-its-a-bad-matchmaking-miranda-maverick-explains-why-ufc-shouldnt-have-booked-her-against-maycee-barber/

Maycee Barber vs Miranda Maverick is gonna be a GREAT FIGHT on paper very curious to see how these three rounds breakdown.

Punahele Soriano vs Brendan Allen

Punahele Soriano Xtreme Couture product, Contender Series alumni is on a two fight winning streak with TWO first round KO’s. Soriano 8-0 record at 28 years old. 2021 can be a MAJOR year for him to put his name out there.

“It comes with a lot of pressure, but I love to live up to that and push beyond that,” offered Soriano, who missed all of 2020 after dealing with a hip injury. “I don’t want to just be another Hawaiian with a granite chin that can hit hard — I want to be the Hawaiian that can do that and everything else; the guy that can wrestle, can grapple, can win hard rounds, and can grind it out.

https://www.ufc.com/news/punahele-soriano-wants-be-new-breed-ufc-fight-night-sandhagen-dillashaw-read

“I know he comes from a good camp — they’ve got tough guys there, good coaches — but I’m just going to go out there and out-fight him. I’m not afraid to get tired. I’m not afraid to get in there and give it my all. I’m not afraid to die out there.

https://www.ufc.com/news/punahele-soriano-wants-be-new-breed-ufc-fight-night-sandhagen-dillashaw-read

Brendan Allen Former LFA Middleweight Champion, Won a contract on the Dana White Contender Series. Dealt with a tough loss against Sean Strickland but defeated a REALLY GOOD Karl Roberson.

Before the loss Allen was on a three fight winning streak but can start it up again.

“If I can match that feeling again, perform that way again, I feel like it’s my time to make a run,” he added with an eye towards the future. “After this one, I’ll have fought down twice, defended my spot, and hopefully I can get a big name and get someone in the Top 10.

https://www.ufc.com/news/brendan-allen-done-wasting-time-middleweight-ufc-fight-night-sandhagen-vs-dillashaw-read

Switched camps to Florida Powerhouse Sanford MMA, Training with the killers of killers from Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson(Bellator Welterweight) Michael Chandler, Derek Brunson to name a few. Learning from different styles, Coaches Henri Hooft & Greg Jones.

Iron sharpens Iron and Brendan Allen tools have definitely sharpened.

Brendan Allen vs Punahele Soriano is a GREAT Fight to WATCH two Middleweight prospects looking to becoming UFC Middleweight Champions.

Mateusz Gamrot Fighter to Watch UFC Vegas 31

I was extremely excited when UFC signed Mateusz Gamrot former KSW Featherweight and KSW Lightweight Champion. One of the best European prospects before signing with UFC.

Gamrot making his third UFC appearance against the UFC veteran Hardest hitting 145 pounder Jeremy Stephens.

“Jeremy has a very big name in the United States and I am very happy about this,” said Gamrot, detailing why he’s excited to share the cage with the battle-tested veteran on Saturday night at the UFC APEX. “He is very experienced, a UFC legend, and it is a pleasure to fight with him because if I win, my name jumps up to the next level.

https://www.ufc.com/news/mateusz-gamrot-obsessed-winning-belt-ufc-vegas-31

UFC is high on Mateusz Gamrot as he’s a hungry fighter in the prime of his career at 30 years old.

2021 can be a huge year for Gamrot pursuing the UFC Lightweight Title, Defeating a respected fighter like Jeremy Stephens.

“My dream is No. 1 the world championship,” Gamrot stated. “This is my goal. Of course, money is very important but for me, I need to become champion.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/9/17/21441108/mateusz-gamrot-conquered-two-divisions-in-ksw-now-hes-ready-to-conquer-the-world

Training at the POWERHOUSE MMA Gym American Top Team iron sharpens iron and Gamrot will look to be better than ever even during his KSW title run days.

My big goal is of course winning the belt of the lightweight division. I don’t know when, but for sure I will be UFC champion in the future.” For now, however Gamrot will take it step by step. “This Saturday, if I win against Jeremy, big jump, and I would like the next opponent [to be] maybe top 20, top 15, because I think I deserve it.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/07/15/ufc-vegas-31-mateusz-gamrot-ready-everything-stephens-even-weigh-ins/

Looking forward to Gamrot fight, Huge fan of him was always waiting for UFC to sign him as he can be part of next generation of UFC Lightweights.

KSW 62 Fight to Watch

KSW #1 Polish MMA promotion, Top European MMA promotion has another event with Light Heavyweight between Szymon Kolecki vs Akop Szostak. Mid card Main Card fight is a bantamweight battle between two of the best KSW Bantamweights. Paweł Polityło vs Bruno Santos.

Pawel Politylo

Pawel Politylo 6-2 record trains at Straight Blast Gym Ireland yes same gym as the Mega Star Conor McGregor. “Polish Eagle” is a pitbull.

Chad Mendes body type, Two fight winning streak. Defeating Czech Republic prospect David Martinik in his KSW debut.

Bruno Santos

Bruno Santos 22 years old challenged Antun Racic for the KSW Bantamweight Title in his KSW debut. Didn’t go his way but shows something to challenge one of the best European Bantamweights.

Bellator 262 Prospects to Watch: Law & Eblen

Bellator been stacking cards lately since there Showtime contract. Headliner for Bellator 262 is Juliana Velasquez defending her Bellator Flyweight title against Denise Keilholtz multi-time Kickboxer.

Multiple underrated fights to watch and future title challengers for Bellator.

Johnny Eblen

Former nickname is Korean Canelo because of his heavy hands, Aiming for the striking instead of the high level wrestling.

Johnny Eblen trains at American Top Team with Bellator Welterweight Champion Yaraslav Amosov, Austin Vanderford. Daily basis training with killers on a daily basis only makes you better, Pushing you to the limits.

“I feel like I’ve been evolving as a human as a whole,” said Eblen. “I’ve been making adjustments with my lifestyle and how I train, how I think about training, and how I think about everyday habits in general.

“I still have to make more adjustments, but for this year I’ve made a lot of changes in my life for the better and you can definitely tell it’s transferring over to my performances.”

https://www.mmaweekly.com/johnny-eblen-expects-to-put-it-on-travis-davis-at-bellator-262

Eblen comes from Missouri University, Former champions like Tyron Woodley, Michael Chandler & Ben Askren used to wrestle there.

Eblen looks to become the next success story coming out of Missouri. 29 years old 8-0 record.

Cody Law

Bright prospect from American Top Team, Former Division 2 All American wrestler. Scott Coker signed Cody Law with NO PRO Fights, 5-0 Amateur record and now a 3-0 Bellator record. Gradually building the name of Cody Law same way Bellator did with AJ McKee, Now look where he is.

“(I need to) get the finish,” Law said. “I’m really focused on getting finishes and improving. My last fight, I made a lot of mistakes and I’m looking to improve, show a better version of myself, and always get the finish.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/07/bellator-262-video-cody-law-dustin-poirier-good-person-ufc-264

Ian Garry Ireland’s NEXT UFC FIGHTER

Conor McGregor Ireland’s most popular athlete, One of the biggest stars in the sports world today put Ireland MMA on the ma. Now there’s many MMA fighters looking to become the next Ireland UFC champion, Following the footsteps of there hero Conor McGregor.

Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion Ian Garry born and raised in Ireland has dreams of becoming a UFC champion, Close to being offered a UFC contract in 2021 no doubt about it.

“I have my eyes set on the best promotion in the world, and I want to be the best and leave a legacy. That has not changed whatsoever.

https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/other-sport/ian-garry-confident-bid-cage-24400209

Winning a Cage Warriors Welterweight Title is a incredible accomplishment before fighting for the UFC. Stepping stone in the right direction.

One of the best Welterweights not fighting for UFC.

“I want to be the greatest to ever do this,” Garry said. “Everyone in the pound-for-pound G.O.A.T. conversation has been a UFC champion and that’s exactly what I want to do. I need to take it one step at a time because I can’t look too far in the future.

https://www.lowkickmma.com/exclusive-ian-garry-dead-set-on-ufc-move-with-a-win-at-cw125/

Winning the Cage Warriors title make him more recognized, UFC wanting to sign him to continue to build the United Kingdom Market.

Dana White searching for hungry prospects looking for the finish in there fights and Ian Garry checks Dana White’s wishlist. Garry has 5 finishes in the first or second round with a 7-0 record.

7-0 record Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion 2 years old, Five Star tools. Possible next Ireland MMA star. Future UFC Fighter.

“There is no way I’m picking Bellator over the UFC. I’m in this to be the best. I don’t really care about being paid,” exclaimed Garry. “If Bellator comes to me with an offer that’s great that’s fine but I don’t really care. For me the only reason I would go to that level is if I can’t make it to the UFC or for some reason I’m not good enough to make it to the UFC. My mind is purely focused on making it to the UFC and that’s what I will do. That’s why I’m with Cage Warriors — if I didn’t wanna go to the UFC I probably would have signed with Bellator already before Cage Warriors. Cage Warriors is the proving land to the UFC, they have proven time and time again with 95 people to the UFC. I’m hoping I’m gonna be number 100.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/02/13/ian-garry-driven-22-year-old-kid-dream/

Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion has the killer instinct, Extreme confident in his kills in addition to working hard in training that lead him to become a big time Welterweight prospect.

No matter of time before signing with UFC. Defending his title once in dramatic fashion than signing UFC or maybe getting a short notice fight.