Yaroslav Amosov Finally won the Bellator Welterweight Title against Douglas Lima, One of the best Welterweights in the world. Yaroslav Amosov continuing his undefeated record of 26-0, Showing he’s one of the best Welterweights in the world.
Start defending his Bellator Welterweight Title and Yaroslav Amosov will get the respect he deserves.
What’s Yaroslav Amosov first title defense should be against first?
Yaroslav Amosov asked for the All-Around talented Jason Jackson. Former LFA WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION, Training partners with Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque.
Jackson on a hot streak since signing with Bellator, Defeating Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson, Neiman Gracie and Paul Daley. Can’t go wrong defeating these talented fighters. BJJ black belts and former UFC champions.
I met (Jason) Jackson. He’s a good guy. He’s a very positive man. We talked. He’s a good guy. We (said), after this fight, if I won, then maybe Jackson would be the next fight together. No problem, with a smile. I think it’s Jason Jackson.
Jason Jackson trains with some of the best fighters in the world formerly Kamaru Usman, Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns.
100% confident he can challenge and give Amosov the toughest fight of his life. Five Round highly technical fight constant back and forth. Not a sloppy Micky Ward vs Arturo Gatti fight but a beautiful display of Mix Martial Arts, Bringing the Bellator Welterweight division to the next level.
“And I’ll be fighting Amosov because that’s the fight everyone wants to see.”
Including myself and many MMA fans wants to see Yaroslav Amosov vs Jason Jackson. WORLD CLASS Welterweight clash!! Might see a change of a champion or we see Yaroslav Amosov defend his title successfully, Showing how talented this man is.
Do we see Amosov dominate Jason Jackson with grappling, Maybe Jackson fighting
Yaroslav Amosov vs Jason Jackson Summer of 2021 or Fall of 2021 Headlining a Bellator Showtime card.
Anthony Romero one of the best Lightweight Prospects in the United States. Every hardcore MMA fan knows who this guy is. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series, Won his fight but sadly didn’t get the UFC contract.
Romero won his last fight at LFA 96 but no UFC contract. Hopefully with a first round finish Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard offers a UFC contract. Maybe Bellator comes around.
Headlining Fury FC 47 against Anderson Hutchinson.
24 years old
Ohio Combat League Lightweight Champion
UAE Warriors 20
Martun Mezhlumyan Armenia Lightweight prospect with a 11-2 record, Won the Eagles Fighting Championship Lightweight Title. Back and Forth High Level Paced fight against one of the best Eastern Europe MMA Fighters Valeriu Mircea.
28 years old
8 first round finishes
Fought for UAE Warriors, ACB, M-1 Global
Amiran Gogoladze 11-1 record at 23 years old, #1 Georgian Welterweight Prospect. Making his UAE Warriors debut as he came into this fight with several first round finishes. Nickname is the sniper for a reason.
Amiran opponent is Handesson Ferreira, Former PFL Wleterweight. If Amiran wants to catch the eye of the UFC or Bellator defeating a former PFL Fighter will help get a contract.
Fight of the Night WAR will be happening with Dan Ige vs Korean Zombie. Dan Ige looking to become a top ten Featherweight in 2021. Fighters like Aleksa Camur and Casey O’Neill looking to become top ten fighters in the next following years.
Stipe Miocic protégé Aleksa Camur making his third appearance after losing to William Knight at UFC 253. Stipe Miocic kept calling Dana White while watching Camur on the Dana White Contender Series. Knocking out his opponent with a flying knee.
Camur 1-1 with the UFC but looking to a hot start to 2021 with a win against Nick Negumereanu.
“Obviously, I love a quick finish. A quick finish is awesome. A decision, you know, it is what it is. But, a three-round war or a five-round war, whether it’s like the main event or an undercard fight, I’d love that. I’d have fun doing that.”
I train with Stipe as much as I can. He’s a huge help for my career. He hits hard, so I know going into fights that these guys aren’t going to hit as hard as he does. He guides me inside and outside of the octagon – not only Stipe, but the whole team at Strong Style.”
Quick finish can lead to better fights for the prospect out of Strong Style Fight Team. Becoming one of the rising prospects for the UFC Light Heavyweight Division.
Gradually becoming one of my favorite prospects to watch. Before signing with UFC was one of the best Women’s Flyweight prospects in the world. Training at Xtreme Couture with Dan Ige, Coached by one of the best MMA coaches Eddie Barraco.
“I feel like the community of people at Xtreme Couture and 10th Planet is small, but they’re super close to each other,” O’Neill said. “Everybody is willing to help you out and give you time and give you their body to be a partner. Eddie (Barraco) has all the time in the world for me to hold pads and everything, so it’s a very friendly environment, and they make you feel at home straight away. Being an outsider, you don’t always get that, but I felt it straight away here.”
Casey O’Neil can really make a mark in the Flyweight Division as she carves her opponents with technical Muay Thai. Right now one of the most talented flyweights.
“I look at my division and I see myself as one of the top five in the division, and with experience and time I’m going to prove that to everybody else. Obviously I’m super young and I have a lot of time to grow, but I’m definitely one of the most talented people in the flyweight division, in my opinion.
It’s official Pico becoming a future Bellator Featherweight Champion, Aaron Pico looks like a world beater ever since switching camps to JacksonWink. Pico on a four fight winning streak DOMINATING his opponents with finishes.
Pico defeating tough fighters like Daniel Carey, Solo Hatley, Aiden Lee but now it’s time to defeat top ten opponents.
Begin his rise to the Bellator Featherweight Title in 2021.
” I feel like I’m one of the best fighters in Bellator it sounds so cliche but everybody wants to call people out but the fact of the matter is that you never know what goes behind closed doors, I don’t know what goes that’s why I have a manager.” Aaron Pico
“These guys, Henry Corrales, Zack Freeman, Adam Borics, they fought me when I knew nothing about the game,” Pico told reporters at the Bellator 260 post-fight news conference. “I mean, I laugh at the stuff I used to think about before a fight.
Aaron Pico vs Adam Borics 2 two of the best and brightest Bellator featherweights. Aaron Pico lost to Adam Borics back at Bellator 222. Getting cracked with a jumping knee knockout but ANYONE will get knocked out after that shot.
Pico before the knockout was doing pretty well.
” I wanna start making my revenge tour for sure, I’m not a good loser, I don’t like losing. I grabbed my nuts and fought those guys when I knew nothing I fought Henry Corrales when I only had what six fights I fought Adam Borics only had like seven fights these guys had way more experience.”
Fighting Adam Borics might expect a different result. Aaron Pico is a different person mentally and physically.
Mads Burnell former UFC fighter 2-0 with Bellator after defeating Saul Rogers. Mads Burnell is a pretty good fighter, Talented grappler. Top ten Bellator Featherweight.
Defeating a former UFC fighter, Former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion would be a feather in it’s cap. Showing how much Aaron Pico improved in two years defeating Mads Burnell.
Aaron Pico vs Mads Burnell would be a fun fight to watch.
Former Bellator Featherweight Title Challenger. One of the best Featherweights in the world. Had the best fight against Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 209. #2 ranked Bellator Featherweight.
20-5 record is training partners with Anthony Pettis, Tyron Woodley, Sergio Pettis, Paul Felder.
Passing down the torch moment as the rising Bellator superstar faces the Bellator veteran. Former Bellator Featherweight Title Challenger. Defeating a guy like Emmanuel Sanchez EASILY lead to a title shot next.
Rizin Fighting Federation returning June 13th with some of there biggest superstars from Tenshin Nasukawa, Kai Asakura to there rising stars from Tofiq Musaev, Naoki Inoue and lastly prospects like Vugar Karamov.
Entertaining MMA card to watch, Any fighter out there who wants to build there name in a whole other country Rizin is perfect for you.
Rizin becoming a feeder league for UFC with Jiri Prochazaka and Manel Kape signing with UFC. Plenty more where that came from to sign with UFC or Bellator.
What are the fighters to watch?
Tofiq Musayev won the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix by displaying a impressive performance in the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix final against Patricky Friere. Brother of Patricio Pitbull. Win over Patricky showed Musayev is one of the best Lightweights in the world doesn’t matter he fights for Rizin.
Musayev 18-3 record at 31 years old, Riding high on a 14 fight winning streak. Defeating talented fighters in his Rizin career from Johnny Case, Daron Cruickshank and Damien Brown.
Huge fan of Musayev he’s a world class, Top Lightweight and now fighting for the first ever Rizin Lightweight title against Roberto De Souza 11-1 Brazilian Lightweight BJJ Black Belt competing in the biggest tournaments all over the world.
Naoki Inoue Rizin Rising Star
Ranked #1 Bantamweight on tapology.com out of Japan. Inoue 15-1 record only 23 years old. Formerly fought for UFC but maybe a bit too early as not every fighter at a young age can handle fighting for the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Dealing with the mental pressure fighting for the UFC.
Currently training at Longo & Weidman MMA with Ulka Sasaki & Dennis Buzukja.
Seeing success right now, Three fight winning streak with Rizin. Competing in the 2021 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix Tournament. Looking to build his name in winning the Grand Prix which is a huge deal to hardcore fans going through a 16 man tournament and being the last man standing.
Everyone loved the Pride tournaments in the 2000’s and glad to see Rizin continue that tradition.
Naoki Inoue first round opponent is Shinataro Ishiwatari 26-8-4 record. Looking forward to Inoue fight as Rizin continues to build Inoue as a rising RIZIN star.
“The motivation is totally different, how I approach this fight mentally is totally different. I want tough competition and if that gets people excited then it kills two birds with one stone.”
Vugar Karamov jumped on my radar while watching Rizin fights on YouTube. Watched Vugar dominate Kyle Aguon in every aspect of the fight. Beautiful sambo fighting style. Hear the pop in his hands. The technical powerful takedowns.
Currently top ten Eastern Europe Featherweight at 29 years old is challenging Yutaka Saito for the Rizin Featherweight Title.
Vugar winning the Rizin Featherweight Title against a Rizin Champion, Former Shooto Lightweight Champion WILL BE A BIG DEAL for Vugar to build his name.
Sign with a Major Promotion from UFC, Bellator or One Championship.
UFC 263 Headliner is Israel Adesanya vs Marvin Vettori for the UFC Middleweight Title. Co-Main Event is Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno UFC Flyweight Title.
UFC 263 Sleeper fight is Hakeem Dawodu vs Mosvar Evolev two Featherweights looking to pursue the UFC Featherweight top ten in 2021. Future Featherweight title contenders.
Hakeem Dawodu before signing with UFC fought for World Series of Fighting, Successful UFC signing as Hakeem is now 5-1. Entering this UFC 263 fight on a five fight winning streak. One of the most underrated UFC winning streaks right now.
Dawodu from underrated to rising star in 2021 with a significant standout win against the tough talented Mosvar Evolev the former M1-Bantamweight Champion.
“I think he’s gonna come and try and strike for a little bit until he feels uncomfortable, and then he’s gonna start shooting for the stars,” Dawodu said. “And then I see myself stuffing his takedown or him falling into a submission and then me doing what I usually do, just making it a ‘Mean Hakeem’ fight and laying a beating on him and making him quit.”
Hakeem has the advantage in the athletic department leading to a win, Knocking out Evolev with a quick combination because of his speed.
“No doubt, once I win this fight, it’s top-10 status,” Dawodu said. “You can’t deny me. I think you’ve gotta put me in the contender (category). You’ve gotta put me in the video game. That’s how I see this playing out.”
Mosvar Evloev former M1-Bantamweight Champion remains undefeated in the UFC with a record of 14-0. One of the hottest UFC prospects to date at 27 years old. Wins over Nik Lentz, Mike Grundy, Enrique Barzola. Now looking for his biggest win against Hakeem Dawodu.
High level wrestler and techincal boxer. Born and raised in Russia. Trains at Tiger Muay Thai with the killers from Valentina Shevchenko, Petr Yan to name a few.
” I think I can fight someone top five top ten it’s good step for me and I will take this chance
“I’m ready to defeat everyone in my division I will be champion.”
Believes Dawodu isn’t ready for his wrestling skills, Having the advantage in the wrestling department. Ready to show the world he’s a future Featherweight Champion with a dominant performance against the talented Hakeem Dawodu.
Bellator 260 headliner is Lima vs Amosov, Welterweight showdown but Bellator 260 FULL CARD is a entertaining card to watch from Main card to the beginning prelims. Excited for today’s Bellator fights.
Ty-wan Claxton vs Justin Gonzales
Ty-Wan Claxton vs Justin Gonzales is my sleeper fight for Bellator 260. Two high level Featherweights fighting on the prelims!!
Claxton 6-2 record all fights under the Bellator promotion, Claxton trains at the Colorado Gym powerhouse Elevation Fight Team with Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Cory Sandhagen to name a few killers.
Last loss was against Jay-Jay Wilson losing by split decision. Claxton a tough fighter 9th ranked Bellator Featherweight.
“There’s also a difference in the competition. Training with hard people is one thing, and then being across the cage from another guy like [Emmanuel Sanchez, or [Jay Jay] Wilson is a different animal. Being across the cage from a guy that’s like me or one of those guys will let you know real fast that you always have room to grow. So I’m looking forward to welcoming the best 145-pounder in the world come Friday night.”
“I’m going out there looking to be the best version of myself looking to add another one to my highlight reel.”
Claxton since the Emmanuel Sanchez loss struggling mentally and every fighter needs that mental strength to win. Claxton found himself, Changing his coaches but staying with Elevation Fight Team.
“I’m the best I feel, I feel like I’m the best version of myself you know I feel like I’m the best I’ve ever been.”
Claxton training with killers, “Iron sharpens Iron.” Making Claxton even better fighter. Mixing up the old with the new skills he learned since July 2020.
Justin Gonzales fought on the Dana White Contender Series, Obviously didn’t get the UFC contract. Gonzales to every hardcore fan is one of the best Featherweight prospects in the United States.
Justin Gonzales won the vacant LFA Featherweight Title against Jake Childers. Former Sparta Combat League Featherweight Champion. Bellator signed a big time MMA prospects.
“… You know, I’m coming to prove a point. So no disrespect to Tywan. I know he’s very tough. I’ve got much love for the guy. I don’t really know him personally, so I can’t comment on his personal life. But in that cage, man, I know I’m coming to kill, so I plan on getting the stoppage and making a statement, jumping in those rankings, and then run with it. It’s ‘The J-Train Show’ now, baby.”
Aaron Pico was the hottest MMA prospect, First ever “Blue Chip” prospect. Lebron James of MMA. Started to be considered a bust losing to Corrales & Borics.
Simply put, Aaron has all the makings of MMA’s next great superstar, and to have him here at Bellator MMA is something special. Like many of us in the MMA community, Aaron is someone we’ve been watching closely over the last few years, and after sitting down with Bob Cook and his team, getting a chance to meet Aaron, and hearing his long-term aspirations, the fit became very obvious.”
Pico no longer considered a bust as Bellator has there superstar, Three fight winning streak. Next version of George St Pierre.
Pico next fight is against the tough Aiden Lee 9-4 Former Cage Warriors Tournament Featherweight Champion.
Change to JacksonWink Changed Everything
Aaron Pico formerly trained at Team Bodyshop MMA with AJ McKee & Joey Davis. Needed a change of scenery as he started to lose and get knocked out.
Matchmade in heaven moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico and started to train at JacksonWink. One of the best MMA gyms in the world from Jon Jones, BJ Penn, Holly Holm, Tim Kennedy, Carlos Condit to name a few.
“I feel really good being out in Albuquerque. I really, really enjoy it,” Pico said. “I love Greg Jackson, ‘Six-Gun’, Coach Wink, they’ve done a really good job of breaking things down for me.
Pico started to win by defeating Daniel Carey, Solo Hatley Jr and John De Jesus. Dominant his opponents masterfully defeating John De Jesus showing how talented Aaron Pico. Really looking like George St Pierre with his Shoot Boxing fighting style.
Every great fighter needs a great coach, Goes hand and hand. GSP has Firas Zahabi, Anderson Silva has Rafael Cordeiro and Mighty Mouse has Matt Hume. Now Aaron Pico has Greg Jackson.
“That’s why I have my manager, that’s why I have my coaches,” Pico said. “I really trust my team. I can honestly say Ali is one of the best managers in the world, really cares about his fighters and I have nothing but good things to say about him.”
“With everything that happened the way it did, it led to here and it’s the best thing that could have happened to me,” said Pico, whose struggles led him to moving to Albuquerque and training full-time at Jackson Wink MMA. “I know I always say that, but I like to always remind myself that so many blessings came out of everything that happened and I’m at a good place mentally.”
Aaron Pico first fight of 2021 is against the former Cage Warriors fighter Aiden Lee, Pico definitely the favorite in this fight but Lee is a tough British fighter who fought Saul Rogers, Ludovit Klein, Donovan Desmae.
“I’m a good fighter, I’m a really good fighter and I believe in myself. I believe I can beat anybody in the world. I truly believe that.
“I’m really growing mentally and I’m around the game I’m even doing this, and you know the press and media, It’s all part of the job in the beginning kind of scared a little bit”
Aaron Pico even though he’s a skillful, Athletic MMA prodigy anyone can lose from a lucky knockout, Messing up in the fight. Getting too aggressive but Pico looks to dominate Lee start finish.
“Anywhere this fight goes, I can beat him, whether it be grappling, the ground and pound or on the feet,” Pico said. “I think he’s very susceptible to the overhand right, the hooks to the body. He’s very panicky when his back’s against the fence and when guys are crowding him, he doesn’t know what to do. So I feel like if I take the fight anywhere, it’s gonna be good.”
Bellator 260 headliner, Douglas Lima and Yaroslav Amosov is a FIGHT I’ve been waiting for since Yaroslav Amosov jumped on the scene when he defeated Ed Ruth, That’s when I started taking notice of him. Douglas Lima since 2015 become one of the best Welterweights in the world.
Douglas Lima Bellator Welterweight Champ
Douglas Lima Bellator Welterweight Champion defeated a long list of Successful fighters from Rory MacDonald, Paul Daley, Lorenz Larkin, Michael Venom Page. Currently in the prime of his career at 33 years old, Win over the 25-0 Amosov will add another win to his legacy.
“He’s definitely got a different style than a bunch of other wrestlers. But, he’s good. It’s just different styles. That’s what I said. But he’s definitely tough. But like I said, I’ve been there with every type of (wrestlers) out there like straight wrestlers, wrestler-strikers.”
“Look at the guy’s record. You can tell you’ve got to take the guy seriously,” observed Lima. “I’m a champion, I’ll fight anybody they give me. I know, he’s fought some dangerous guys. He’s a dangerous opponent, he’s been beating everybody they’ve been giving him. He’s game, he’s ready for this.”
“Even though a lot of people don’t know about him, I do,” Lima continued. “I’ve watched his fights, I’ve watched him come up in Bellator. I know how serious of an opponent he is, coming up in a great camp in American Top Team.” That’s the same team, of course, that Lima himself trains under, albeit at a different location.
Lima definitely fighting one of his toughest fighters to date, Unheard of fighter from Ukraine that only HARCORE MMA fans know.
Next version of Khabib, 25-0 Bellator Welterweight. Yaroslav Amosov long awaited title shot after running through the Bellator Welterweight Division. Defeating Gerald Harris, Erick Silva, David Rickels, Ed Ruth, Mark Lemminger and Logan Storley.
Amosov is one of my favorite fighters to watch right now, Appreciate his pressure fighting style. Sambo fighting style that leads to his dominant wins.
I love his grappling and the way he fights like George St Pierre from striking to takedowns. Called Shoot Boxing.
“I feel good because I have a good camp, good training, Big Motivation because it’s a title shot I think it’s a big motivation, My cut very good and I’m ready and I wait this time.”
“Many people believe Douglas Lima is in the conversation as one of the best welterweights in the world, Like top five on the planet, At worst top ten if you’re able to defeat him and become the champion where does that put you on the list. “
Lima vs Amosov Tale of the Tape
Douglas Lima vs Yaroslav Amosov Bellator Welterweight Title Fight is one of the best fights this weekend no matter UFC, Boxing, Professional Fighters League.
I’m so excited for this fight, Amosov finally gets his title shot. Possibly defeating one of the best Welterweights in the world or Douglas Lima ruins the perfect record of 25-0.
Awesome storyline behind this fight, Hope Bellator 260 gets millions of views. Best ratings possible because these two fighters deserve it.
Professional Fighters League coming off to a fun start with Shocking losses from Anthony Pettis getting beat down by Clay Collard, Former Brave Combat Federation Featherweight champion Bubba Jenkins defeating Lance Palmer. Rory MacDonald looking like the old Rory MacDonald from his war with Robbie Lawler.
4th PFL event of 2021 headliner is Claressa Shields best women’s boxer of all time making her debut!! Whole card is fun fights with Bubba Jenkins vs Bobby Moffett, Brendan Loughnane vs Tyler Diamond.
Brendan Loughnane vs Tyler Diamond
Brendan Loughnane easily one of the most underrated Featherweights in the world, Surprised Dana White didn’t sign Brendan back on the Dana White Contender Series now he’s making a career with PFL.
“I’m going to come out exactly how i did against Moraes,,,fast, sharp, accurate, stinging shots and hell get desperate for the takedown and that’ll be all she wrote.” Brendan Loughnane
Expect a bomb knockout from Loughnane, The talented British Lightweight looking to defeat the former Ultimate Fighter contestant. #1 pick for Daniel Cormier back at Ultimate Fighter 27.
Tyler Diamond TEAM ALPHA MALE prospect, 30 years old in the prime of his career. Former college wrestler at North Dakota State University. Translated his college wrestling success into MMA. 12-1 record, Defeated Sung Bin Jo in his PFL debut. Sung Bin Jo coming from a lot of hype from South Korea.
“I’m a very good wrestler, I feel confident in my wrestling, but shoot, I might just go out there and throw bombs the whole time with his guy, I don’t even know. I’m just gonna be free-flowing in there, and I’m just gonna fight my fight intelligently.”
Baeza defeats Ponzinibbio that will make Baeza a rising star and a potential UFC Welterweight Contender. UFC and DANA WHITE seems to love Baeza. FIRST PUERTO RICAN MMA SUPERSTAR.
“The kid’s a stud man. 10-0. Puerto Rican. When New York opens up again, get him fighting in New York. I’ve been talking about Puerto Rico too. We’ve talked about going to Puerto Rico a long time ago. I talked about building a Performance Institute in Puerto Rico. He could be the guy. He could be our Puerto Rican star,” White added.
The stud trains with COLBY COVINGTON at MMA Masters.
“Colby Covington, he’s a good guy,” Baeza said. “I know that everybody’s gonna get on him with all the stuff he’s saying. He’s a different person in the gym. He’s only pushed us to get better.”
Terrance McKinney 9-3 Lightweight prospect, Former contestant on the Dana White Contender Series. Lost his fight on the Dana White Contender Series but a win against the Puerto Rican Lightweight prospect will lead to a second opportunity.
Askar Askar one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the United States. Askar 11-1 record at 26 years old, Defeating Kevin Wirth, Alberto Martinez Jr in his MMA career. Signed with UFC but because of medical issues never fought Cody Stamann.
Back to back LFA wins will lead to a UFC oppurtunity or Bellator.
Battlefield Fight League
Caio Machado vs Chris Larsen BFL Heavyweight Title Fight. Caio Machado Brazilian Heavyweight trains in Vancouver. One of the best Heavyweight prospects in Canada. 4-1 record at 26 years old with first round KO wins.
Defending his title against 5-1 Chris Larsen Heavyweight prospect.
Kyran Cameron 5-0 Canada Welterweight prospect, Rising Welterweight Prospect from North America. Challenging the BFL Welterweight Title against Dejan Kajic. Winning the BFL Welterweight title helps with signing on the Dana White Contender Series.
Salahdine Parnasse one of my FAVORITE prospects to watch in the world. Easily one of the best Featherweights in the world, Doesn’t matter to me if he fights for KSW the #1 European MMA promotion.
Parnasse lost to Daniel Torres, Losing the KSW Featherweight title in a lucky knockout. Rematch happens guarantee the fight would be way different.
Salahdine Paransse is a French prodigy at 23 years old, 14-1-1 record defeating the likes of European MMA superstar Ivan Buchinger in a a MASTERCLASS performance.
Looking forward to Paransse returning back to the win column against Filip Pejić the former FFC Featherweight Champion. Now 2-2 with KSW. Win against Pejic leads to a KSW Featherweight Title Shot.
Brave CF 51
Brave Combat Federation 51 event in Belarus, Showcasing the best Belarus prospects!!
Denis Maher Belarus Middleweight prospect at 26 years old, Sweet left hand. Striking focused fighter 7-0 record. Former WMMAA European Champion, Amateur Champion.
Sam Patterson 6-1 Lightweight prospect at 25 years old, Facing toughest test yet against former Brave CF Lightweight champion Ylies Djiroun. Sam Patterson part of the next generation of England MMA.
Yanis Ghemmouri 9-1 record 26 years old, High level All-Around fighter from France. Training at the powerhouse European Gym Bulgarian Top Team training with Amin Ayoub, Morgan Charriere, Benoit Saint Denis. Bunch of killers to train with. Yanis is one of the best European Featherweight prospects, Flying under the radar.
Next Generation of MMA lead by Muhammad Mokaev 4-0 record, Dominated the Amateur ranks before going pro. Combined record of 28-0. Next version of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ready for this… 20 years old. Looking forward to Mokaev second fight with Brave CF.
Terrance McKinney headlining the LFA 109 event facing Michael Irizarry Ortiz Puerto Rican Lightweight prospect. Michael Irizarry Ortiz is in for a rude awakening as Terrance McKinney is red hot right now with two back to back 1st round knockouts under 30 seconds.
Cheering for Terrance McKinney as a young man was hanging out with friends getting into trouble. Drinking and experimenting with drugs, Lead to chased by cops and Terrance going through the cops window. Almost dying inside the ambulance truck but someone from above was looking out for him.
Now Terrance McKinney several years later is fighting for the Legacy Fighting Alliance, VERY close to signing with UFC or Bellator.
“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.”
“It would mean the world to me, but this is just another fight for me,” McKinney said. “I’ve got bigger goals than that. My goal is to have the UFC belt. Until then, I’m not satisfied. Until then, I’ll be working three practices a day until I get to where I really want to be.
Highlight reel knockouts definitely lead to UFC matchmakers and Bellator matchmakers giving Terrance a call. Dana White loves entertaining fighters.
Askar Askar one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world, Especially in the United States. 11-1 record at 26 years old. Signed with UFC but because of medical issues couldn’t fight Cody Stamann in his UFC debut.
Defeating a talented Justin Wetzell 6-1 record, Product out of Elevation Fight Team.
Back to Back LFA wins can lead to Askar signing with UFC or Bellator.
“Now that Ramadan just ended, I knew in my mind that I was going to fight sometime in June,” Askar said. “I was thinking late June, maybe mid-June, but it came early June. So I wasn’t mad at it, you know what I mean? I just had to put myself right in the camp. But, yeah, if I win this, I see, you know, either Contender Series or a late-notice call, you know? In my mind, I’m going to try to stay as ready as possible after, you know?”
Caleb Hall, 24 year old Welterweight prospect part of the next generation of Elevation Fight Team prospects to prosper as he follows the paths of teammates, Cory Sandhagen, Neil Magny, Kamaru Usman.
Iron sharpens Irons and Hall has been sharpening his skills on daily basis with the surplus of training partners he has at his disposable.
“I have really developed my skills training alongside athletes like Justin Gaethje, Cory Sandhagen, Neil Magny, Kamaru Usman and many other fighters that are on the come up. ” Caleb Hall
The 2-0 Elevation Fight Team prospect is making his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut. Legacy Fighting Alliance is the premier feeder league promotion in the United States, Major opportunity for Caleb Hall. Credit to his MMA manager Brian Hamper of Sucker Punch Entertainment to get this opportunity for his client.
“I am extremely grateful for Brian Hamper of Sucker Punch Entertainment for getting me this opportunity and I am going to maximize this platform and show them the best version of me. ” Caleb Hall
Opponent is Jacobi Jones All-American wrestler from Colorado State University Pueblo.
Was named RMAC Freshman of the Year and All-RMAC First Team…He compiled an 18-7 overall record with four falls in his freshman season. He recorded a perfect 5-0 record with one fall in RMAC duals. The Omaha, Nebraska native totaled a team-best 41 takedowns. Jones won his first collegiate event, as he went 4-0 at the DoubleTree Open Nov. 8. He finished second at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 22..
Caleb Hall despise the wrestling accomplishments isn’t afraid of Jacobi Jones. Confident in his abilities to get the job done at LFA 109.
“I think Jacobi is a good fighter but lacks an overall skill set for MMA. I think he will try to test it on the feet, and once he realizes that is not where he is going to win this fight, He is gong to try to wrestle me right away. I see him over committing, Gassing out and getting finished in the third round. ” Caleb Hall
Win over a former College All-American wrestler, Successful high school wrestler under the LFA stage is the right way to start 2021!! Sky’s the limit for Caleb Hall and 2021 is a year for him to become a rising Welterweight prospect from the United States.
What are your goals for 2021?
I am going to stay undefeated as a professional fighter. I plan on fighting two more times this year and hope to have my name put in the hat for the UFC soon.
Looking forward to the former Army veteran LFA debut, Talented Welterweight fighter. Have a serious obsession and Caleb Hall is a welterweight prospect to keep an eye on for 2021 and the foreseeable future.
Legacy Fighting Alliance 109 starts at 9 pm this Friday PLEASE WATCH
Manny Vazquez before signing with Combate Americas was one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the United States. Last couple years was dealing with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Batting with his life everyday will make the Combate Americas 8 Man Tournament easier.
My favorite to win the Combate Americas Bantamweight Tournament in the one night tournament. Best Jiu-Jitsu practitioner out of all the Bantamweights. Trains under the 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
Former Legacy Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion by defeating Ricardo Ramos for the Legacy Bantamweight Title. Lost his fight on the Dana White Contender Series.
Overall Vazquez fought tough talented fighters on the regional circuit. He deserves a tournament win after everything he been through.
Winning the tournament will lead to signing with Bellator or UFC.
Bellator 259 is a STACKED CARD filled with young fighters. Excited to watch these young hungry fighters looking to build there names on Showtime. Bellator continues to get better.
Fabian Edwards vs Austin Vanderford
Mr. Van Zant… Austin Vanderford is making a name for himself for Bellator. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series but didn’t get signed. However everything happens for a reason. Now Vanderford is few more fights away from fighting for the Bellator Middleweight Title.
4-0 under the Bellator promotion. Defeating Leon Edwards younger brother will be the biggest win of his MMA career.
Vanderford aiming for the best year of his MMA career so far.
“Fabian is a very tough opponent. I think he’s very well skilled. He’s good everywhere. So, it’s going to take me being on my game, but I’m going to go out there make it a gritty fight. I’m going to make it dirty, grimy, and, you know, we will test his will and test his gas tank.
Fabian Edwards last fight was against Costello Van Steenis in a split decision lost back at Bellator Euro Series 8. Looking to jump back in the win column, Close to a title shot as well defeated Vanderford.
“I just feel happy, if I’m being honest. I’m in a good place, my weight is in a good place. It’s the best it’s ever been.
Jaleel Willis former LFA Welterweight Champion was one of the best MMA prospects before signing with Bellator. Now found a home at 29 years old.
” This is a big opportunity in terms of amount of eyeballs that are gonna be on the main card on showtime.” Jaleel Willis
Facing former LFA Welterweight Champion Maycon Mendonça. Brazilian Welterweight Prospect. Clash of the LFA Welterweight Champions.
Maycon Mendonça is 30 years old, Entertaining fight against Batsumberel Dagvadorj at LFA 96. Mendonca is a savage and is making his Bellator debut.
Definitely looking forward to this fight.
Grant Neal vs Tyree Fortune
Grant Neal 5-0 Light Heavyweight, Colorado 5A High School Wrestling Champion. Former Tuff-N-UFF Light Heavyweight Champion.
“My opponent is a game opponent and has done everything he’s needed to do to be undefeated at this point, so I’m excited for this upcoming challenge,” Neal said of Fortune. “I know that everything that I’ve done in camp so far is very pointed and centered around getting the job done. It’s really just focusing on getting better.
Tyree Fortune American Top Team product is 5-0 with Bellator at 30 years old.
Fortune was a two-time state wrestling champion in high school, captured a pair of junior college national titles and won an NCAA championship at Grand Canyon University — a Division II school in Phoenix — before attempting to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Brett Johns vs Danny Sabatello
High level Bantamweight Fight on the prelims of Bellator 259. Can’t believe this fight is on the prelims.
Brett Johns former UFC Bantamweight 5-2 UFC record, Former Titan FC Bantamweight Champion. Looking to become one of the best Bellator Bantamweights.
Danny Sabatello easily one of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world, Titan FC Bantamweight Champion. Fought on the Dana White Contender Series. American Top Team product is making his Bellator debut.
“I’m gonna beat the sh*t out of the guy,” Sabatello said on MMA Fighting’s What the Heck. “I’m very confident that there’s no way that this guy can beat me. The only way he does beat me is if he catches me, I just think my defense is too intact for him to catch me. I don’t see on the feet him posing me any problems and then obviously on the ground I’m a better grappler.
Long awaited Bellator debut, Bellator signed one of the best Russian prospects. Alexander Shabily #1 Russian Lightweight prospect, Fought on the biggest Russian promotions from Fight Nights Global, ACB, PRO FC.
Shabily 19-3 record is a super talented Lightweight grappler, First round knockout power. Sambo style fighting. Man I’m so excited for his debut. He’s a SAVAGE. Future Bellator Lightweight Champion.
Russian version of Dustin Poirier.
Alfie Davis British Lightweight, Four Fight Winning Streak. Talented Standup striker, Leg kick artist with his crazy leg kick knockouts. 14-3 record, Undefeated with Bellator but he’ll have his hands full.
Tucker Lutz, Product out of the Dana White Contender Series is making his awaited debut tonight at UFC 262 against the tough Kevin Aguilar with a 17-4 record.
Coming into this fight with a 11 fight winning streak, Looking to make it 12 fight winning streak as he defeats his toughest opponent to date Kevin Aguilar.
Before signing with UFC and on the Dana White Contender Series, Lutz was one of the best Lightweight Prospects in the United States. Fighting for regional promotion Shogun Fights and winning the Shogun Fights Lightweight Title.
Biggest win before UFC was against Francisco Isata 12-5 record, Regional Fighter.
Opportunity to fight for the #1 MMA organization, Former Shogun Fights Lightweight Champion and now looks to become UFC Featherweight Champion in a few years.
“The pursuit of that world title… that’s always been my goal, to be a UFC world champion and nothing has changed,” Lutz told me in response to what drives him to get up every morning in order to train.
9-4 record at 30 years old, #1 Bantamweight Prospect from California. Affiliated with 10 planet Jiu-Jitsu and trains at Saekson’s Muay Thai.
Former California Xtreme Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion. Taking advantage of his jiu-jitsu skills from 10th planet by defeating Willie Gates, Chris Beal, Steve Ramirez.
Heading over to Russia, Fighting against Yuri Chobuka(10-1 Ukraine Bantamweight).
Now facing Ricardo Dias, Kings MMA product with a 9-4 record. Winning streak with Legacy Fighting Alliance definitely can lead to a contract signing with Bellator. Age is just a number and he’s in the prime age of 30 years old.
5-0 25 year old prospect from Team Alpha Male. Born in Brazil and growing up in Sacramento.
Fighting in front of LFA fans, Hardcore mma fans is the best way to build your name. Huge win with Legacy Fighting Alliance continues to make him a rising Bantamweight prospect.
Scott Coker and his team signing championship level fighters in 2020 and 2021 from Magomed Magomedov, Corey Anderson, Yoel Romero, Alexander Shabily, Usman Nurmagomedov, Sergio Pettis, Mads Burnell, Brett Johns to name a few fighter.
Bellator deepening there roster year after year. Bellator is in a great spot right now since the Showtime network deal but always can get better signing high level fighters that can be potential champions. Stealing them away from UFC!!
Some of the fighters listed definitely know and some others probably no clue about but awesome.
Roberto Soldic #1 European Welterweight prospect, New King of Croatian MMA. KSW Welterweight Champion which is a incredible accomplishment since KSW is the #1 European MMA promotion.
Soldic is only 26 years old, 18-3 record. Defeating Dez Parker former Cage Warriors fighter, Former EFC Middleweight Champion Driscus Du Plessis, Krystian Kaszubowski 7-0 Welterweight, Michał Materla KSW Middleweight Title Challenger.
Soldic is a beast and deserves to fight for a top MMA promotion.
Signing with Bellator would break the MMA internet. Selling out European arenas, Headlining Bellator events because Soldic can be a superstar for Bellator.
Soldic vs Yaroslav Amosov rematch, Clash of the European killers. Soldic split decision loss to Yaroslav back at Tech Prep in 2016.
I LOVE Rustam Kerimov, One of my favorite MMA fighters right now. One of the best Bantamweights on the planet. Former ACA Bantamweight champion only because he wants to test free agency. Rustam Kerimov is a beast.
Constant pressure start to finish like Petr Yan. Combat Sambo Fighting style.
Wins over Takeya Mizugaki, Russian prospects Oleg Borisov, Andrey Goncharov and a MASTERPIECE win against Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev for the ACA Bantamweight Title. Dominated a Russian killer start to finish.
Bellator NEEDS to sign him right now, Send a matchmaker. Russian spy. Do whatever it takes to sign Rustam Kerimov.
Bellator Bantamweight Division is stacked but can always improve. Dream fights against Sergio Pettis, Juan Archuleta, Brett Johns, Magomed Magomedov, Raufeon Stots.
“Borz” Russian Lightweight Prospect is a future ACA Lightweight Champion, Killing the ACA Lightweight Division since he signed with formely known as ACB back in 2015.
Developing this Russian savage into a future UFC/Bellator Lightweight. Easily one of the best Lightweights in the world with a record of 17-2. He’s an all around powerful talent. Talented grappler, Pin point boxing with heavy hands.
Yusuf Raisov jumped on the scene when he fought MMA veteran Luis Palomino, Defeated Russian prospect Marat Balaev, Brazilian undefeated prospect Carlos Alexandre, Undefeated Lightweight prospect Raimundo Batista.
Defeating talented fighters throughout the world. Now it’s time to defeat Bellator Lightweights. Bellator matches like Goiti Yamaguchi, Myles Jury, Brent Primus. Facing against Top Ten Bellator Lightweights.
Quick run to the Bellator Lightweight Title in 2021.
Salahdine Parnasse one of my favorite fighters to watch. French prodigy at 14-1-1 record at 23 years old. Lost to Daniel Torres for the KSW Featherweight Title. 9 out of 10 times Parnasse won, Lucky shot lead to a knockout. Rematch against Daniel Torrres regaining back his KSW Featherweight Title.
Leading back to the interest of Bellator. Signing with Bellator would be a HUGE DEAL.
Parnasse attracting the European Market as KSW IS HUGE in Europe! Becoming a Bellator superstar. French version of AJ McKee.
Former ACA Featherweight Champion, Next version of Jose Aldo. Prime of his career at 29 years old. Trains at Nova União with Jose Aldo, Eduardo Dantas, Renan Barao.
20-5 record went on a four fight winning streak before losing to Magomedkrasul Khasabulaev for the ACA Featherweight title.
Salman Zhamaldaev, Marat Balaev, Reginaldo Corvão are some of Felipe Froes wins.
Time for a change and no better than signing with Bellator. Competing in the red hot Featherweight Division.
Nkazimulo Zulu” Zulu Boy” former EFC Flyweight champion is one of the best Flyweights in Africa. Main event attraction because of his athleticism and finishing ability.
Zulu boy is 31 years old, Prime of his career dealt with two losses in a row. Losing the EFC Flyweight Title to current Cage Warriors Flyweight Champion Jake Hadley than moving up to Bantamweight, Challenging Faeez Jacobs for the EFC Bantamweight Title.
Finally in the win column after defeating Fafa Dwama at EFC 85 by triangle choke in the second round. Congratulations to Zulu Boy for the win because he’s a talented flyweight who deserves to fight at a MAJOR PROMOTION.
Fighting for Rizin or One Championship would be PERFECT for him. Rizin fans especially fans in Japan WILL Love his personality, Appreciate his fighting style as Asia loves watching the smaller fighters.
Future Rizin matchups between Tatsuki Saomoto, Tenshin Nasukawa, Makoto Takahashi. Rizin doesn’t have a Flyweight Title but Zulu Boy can be second behind the RIZIN superstar Tenshin Nasukawa. Moving up to Bantamweight for a clash against Kai Asakura, Kyoji Horiguchi, Naoki Inoue
One Championship Flyweight Division is definitely rising with Mighty Mouse coming over, Adriano Moraes One Championship Flyweight Champion defeating Demetrious Johnson. Facing Danny Kingad, Yuya Wakamatsu. Facing an abundance of Flyweight talent to face.
One Championship a new face, Attracting the South Africa and Africa market. One Championship can use Extreme Fighting Championship as a feeder league. Zulu Boy can be the STAR for the African Market for One Championship.
Congratulations to Sergio Pettis for winning the Bellator Bantamweight Title, Boxes his way to a win. Showing how much better Pettis moving up to Bantamweight. Pettis is now one of the best Bantamweights in the world after defeating Juan Archuleta(8-2 Bellator record).
“I just stuck to what I know – the basics,” Pettis said. “I stayed true to myself. I didn’t allow his movements to scare my movements. I was more worried about what I was going to do instead of what he was going to do. I was myself tonight. I was trying to flow like water and I feel like I did.”
Following his big bro Anthony Pettis to become a two belt champion, Taking advantage of the cross promotion opportunity to build his brand in Japan.
Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi would be a GREAT FIGHT to watch, I wish it happens 2021 or 2022 but for right now I’d love to see Pettis face off against the second best Bantamweight in the world…. Magomed Magomedov.
Magomedov ONLY fighter to defeat Petr Yan back at ACB 32 than fought Yan at ACB 57 which is a GREAT FIGHT!! Highly recommend watching. Magomed Magomedov easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world.
Undefeated with Bellator so far but needs to fight tougher competition. After two fights with Bellator definitely challenge for the Bellator Bantamweight title. Nothing else to prove!!
“Juan Archuleta and [Sergio] Pettis, they’ve got to fight. I would like to fight with the winner of this fight, or with whoever loses that fight.” That pair face off in May, with Archuleta’s 135lb title on the line.
Sergio Pettis vs Magomed Magomedov would be a great fight to watch, One of the best MMA Bantamweight fights of 2021 no matter what organization. MMA fans can see how good Sergio Pettis since the move to Bantamweight. On the other hand the world FINALLY acknowledges Magomedov and that there’s talent all over the world.
Magomedov defeats Pettis that will earn his respect and Pettis wins he’s a top ten Bantamweight no argument about it. Defeating Juan Archuleta and Magomed Magomedov only fighter to defeat Petr Yan.
Sergio Pettis becoming a star and representing the Bellator Bantamweight division.
“Big thank you to Scott Coker and Bellator for giving me this opportunity, I feel like I was on my way to becoming a champion but didn’t have the time or the star power… ” Sergio Pettis
“Bellator allows me to be myself and put no pressure on me, Allows me to put on these performances.” Sergio Pettis
I’m only a MMA journalist but hope Mike Kogan(Bellator Matchmaker) schedules a bout between Sergio Pettis vs Magomed Magomedov Summer of 2021. Clash of two different worlds and fighting styles!!
Giga Chikadze gained my respect after knocking out Cub Swanson, Chikadze is flying under the radar but after front kick knockout to the liver against the MMA veteran Cub Swanson will help Giga become a fan favorite.
YES, Became a fan of Giga Chikadze.
Giga Chikadze has one of the most underrated winning streaks in the UFC right now, Leading Chikadze to being the 10th ranked UFC Featherweight. Defeating the likes of Omar Morales, Jamall Emmers and the biggest win of his career Cub Swanson.
Training at Kings MMA, Coached by one of the best MMA head coaches…. Rafael Cordeiro. Coached some of the greatest fighters from Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua and now coaching Giga Chikadze. Future UFC Featherweight Title Challenger in the insanely stacked Featherweight Division.
Perfect match between fighter and student. Successful Glory Kickboxer now successful UFC Fighter
7 Day Turn Around
Giga Chikadze asked for the former Massachusetts Golden Gloves boxer Calvin Kattar or the man who steps into crazy land Max Holloway in his post fight interview.
“I’m a new guy you got to shoot your shot right, I mean you aim for max you don’t get max maybe you get Calvin Kattar.” Giga Chikadze
However doesn’t mind a quick turn around because of the lack of damage. Interested in fighting Jeremy Stephens May 8th or May 15th according to MMAjunkie journalist John Morgan.
Quick turn around the better, Showcasing his skills against a tough as nails Jeremy Stephens. Continuing to build his name with a performance of the night on the UFC Main CHopeard as UFC definitely sees him as a rising star.
” I heard there is no main event next week so it will be pleasure to headline event for me, Next I’m staying in Vegas, I’m not going nowhere. I’m in shape of no injuries. If Dana or Sean Shelby need myself I’m here and I can fight anybody.” Giga Chikadze
Hopefully Giga Chikadze fights soon and takes advantage of the new heat, Spotlight because of the highlight reel knockout. Jeremy Stephens or a top 15 Featherweight will do Giga justice.
Bellator 258 before the fight cancellations was a STACKED CARD with Yoel Romero vs Rumble Johnson, Patchy Mix vs James Gallagher, Lorenz Larkin vs Costello Van Steenis.
Many fight cancellations but Bellator 258 is one of the best Bellator cards in a while. Credit to the Bellator matchmakers for creating this card.
Exciting fights to watch, Future Bellator champions on the prelims. MAN I CAN’T WAIT I’m Genuinely Excited!!
Juan Archuleta vs Sergio Pettis
One of the best Bantamweights of 2021 so far the anticipated bout is happening, Wishing for this fight since Sergio Pettis signed with Bellator.
Juan Archuleta main training partner for TJ Dillshaw, Archuleta respected by TJ Dillashaw. Talks about how much he pushes it in practice, Makes him better. Juan Archuleta current Bellator Bantamweight Champion, Defending his title for the first time against Sergio Pettis.
Archuleta easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world just fights for Bellator so he doesn’t get the respect that he deserves but a win against Sergio Pettis gets the respect.
“He’s a well-rounded, household name that is gonna bring a fight and gonna test me to the limits. I’m excited to go to those limits, push past those limits, and he’s gonna challenge me as a martial artist,” Archuleta said. “He’s a prodigy, he’s been doing it at a young age and now he’s matured and now he’s ready to pick a game plan, stick to it and try to dictate it. And it’s my goal and my game plan to disrupt his rhythm, disrupt his path to a championship and continue on my quest.”
Sergio Pettis defeated Joseph Benavidez, Brandon Moreno, John Moraga in his UFC flyweight career. Signed with Bellator, Moving up to Bantamweight and looking better than ever defeated former CFFC Bantamweight Champion Ricky Bandejas.
“Any time we interact it’s always been love and respect man you know we ain’t got no bad blood towards each other at the end of the day this is business and you know that’s when things get interesting but yeah no bad blood towards each other. At the end of the day this is business and you know that when things get interesting.” Sergio Pettis
Juan Archuleta vs Sergio Pettis is a BANTAMWEIGHT Fight to Watch! Please watch this fight, Watching two talented fighters.
Raufeon Stots vs Josh Jill
Featuring Prelim of Bellator 258, Two Top Ten Bellator Bantamweights facing each other tonight. Both fighters need this fight to get one fight closer to pursuing the Bellator Bantamweight Title.
Raufeon Stots #4th ranked Bellator Bantamweight on a seven fight winning streak, Looking to make it eight fights defeating Josh Hill the former WSOF Bantamweight fighter. Stots a product of Roufusport MMA Academy training with Sergio Pettis, Emmanuel Sanchez on a daily basis.
Before MMA was a Division 2 All-American wrestler at Nebraska-Kearney. Mentored by the current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
“I think Josh Hill is a very tough opponent,” Stots said. “I feel like we are both good at the same things, but I feel like I’m better at those things and better at putting them together.
Josh Hill before Bellator was on Ultimate Fighter Season 18, Defeating Paddy Holohan. Went to WSOF after that and had fights against Marlon Moraes twice. In between World Series of Fighting fought in regional promotions.
“I thought we were going to line up eventually, no matter what,” Hill told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “He was still on my mind, so I was glad we were matched up. He got a replacement fight and he got the win, so I looked at that, too. I got a little bit more tape, but I’m happy.”
Division One All-American wrestler at Minnesota, Runner up for the Big Ten Championships as a freshman behind Ed Ruth. Bronze Medalist at 174 pounds multiple times in the NCAA Championship.
Now Storley is 11-1, Only loss is to Yaroslav Amosov the new version of Khabib Nurmagomedov as Yaroslav Amosov has a record of 25-0. Storley showed much improvement in this fight. Definitely should’ve held his head high. Losses suck but he went toe to toe with one of the best Welterweights in the world.
Training at Sanford MMA with Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson, Aung La Nsang, Derek Brunson on a daily basis for training partners. Only get better training with these killers every week.
Storley first fight back from the Amosov lost, Facing Team Alpha Male product Omar Hussein. 8-2 record fought for Middle East promotion UAE Warriors.
” I always say I’m going to fight like I’m the number one ranked guy in the world.” Logan Storley
Johnny Elben American Top Team product is 7-0 at 29 years old. Rising Bellator Middleweight Prospect.
“I think I’m going to get a finish. I don’t know which round it is. I’ll stick to the game plan and do what I need to do, and if I get the finish, I get the finish, if not I think I’ll get a unanimous decision.”
Facing Daniel Madrid 18-6 Middleweight at 37 years old. Fought everywhere from Legacy Fighting Alliance, King of the Cage, M1-Challenge.
Daniel Madrid coming here to see if Eblen can win and is capable of becoming a Bellator Middleweight Champion one day. Daniel Madrid can ruin the hype and take advantage of the Bellator opportunity.
Rest of Bellator Fights to Watch
Patricky Pitbull, Older brother of Patricio Pitbull returning to the ring after tearing his ACL in his fight with Tofiq Musaev at Rizin 20. Patricky Pitbull facing Peter Queally in a Lightweight Clash. Pitbull Brothers Gym vs SBG Ireland BEEF happening.
The Lightweight Clash finally happening, Won’t be surprised if there’s pushing and shoving in the aftermath. It’s a good story overall.
Michael “Venom” Page finally facing tough competition in Derek Anderson, #6th Bellator Welterweight. Wins over Patricky Pitbull, Saad Awad and looks to crack Venom Page. Derek Anderson is no slouch as he enters this fight on a three winning streak, 17-3 record.
Lorenz Larkin vs Rafael Carvalho former Bellator Middleweight Champion. Larkin moving down to Welterweight but this will be a fun fight to WATCH. Crazy this fight is on the prelims.
Patchy Mix lost to Juan Archuleta in the Vacant Bellator Bantamweight Title fight but Mix is a grappling wizard. Watching artwork on it’s finest. He’s an all around talent with a 13-1 record. Super excited that Bellator signed him as he was the King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion.
Mix was supposed to fight James Gallagher but replacement fighter is former UFC fighter Albert Morales. Released from UFC than went on to become Lights Out Xtreme Fighting Bantamweight Champion.
Lyoto Machida protégé Weber Almeida is fighting
GREAT Bellator 258 Card
Please watch this CARD from start to finish, Bellator doing a really good job with matches the days of Tito Ortiz, Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock is over. Bellator is in a new era under Scott Coker.
Now Bellator can increase there viewership under Showtime.
Ante Delija dark horse of the PFL Heavyweight Division is one of the best European Heavyweight Prospect. Record of 17-3 at 30 years old. Protégé of Mirko Cro Cop, Trains at Gladiator Cage in Croatia.
Delija fought in the biggest European MMA Promotion, KSW. Defeating Oli Thompson former UFC & Bellator Heavyweight. Defeated Ricardo Prasel former Aspera FC Heavyweight Champion at Rizin 10. Valentijn Overeem at Night of the Gladiators 9.
Big wins before signing with Professional Fighters League.
Delija is a all around balanced fighter but is a MONSTER with ground & pound. Once his opponents drop to the floor it’s game… set… match. VERY GOOD ground & pound.
Delija is a monster at six foot five, I believe can compete in the PFL Heavyweight final. Under the radar prospect as there’s Fabricio Werdum, Justin Willis, Mohammed Usman but he can breakout under this PFL Heavyweight Tournament.
Facing Bruno Henrique Cappelozza former Rizin fighter, Jungle Fight fighter. Looking forward to Ante Delija second fight with Professional Fighters League.
Dana White Contender Series returning in June, Discovering future stars fighting in front of millions of viewers as they look to sign with UFC.
Sean O’Malley, Geoff Neal, Jim Crute, Edmen Shahbazyan, Brendan Allen all alumni’s of the Dana White Contender Series. Time for the next batch of MMA prospects to sign and fight on the Dana White Contender Series.
Created a Wishlist of MMA fighters UFC should offer an opportunity to fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Impressing Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.
Part 1 of many!!
Andres Quintana Combate Americas Featherweight Champion, Winning the Combate Americas Featherweight Tournament with a 100k prize. Quintana one of the best Featherweight prospects in the United States. Skillful talented crafty fighter with submission wins, Underrated striking.
Quintana last fight was a loss against Bruno Cannetti back at Combate 42. August 23rd, 2019. Long wait to return to the fight game and what better way than fight in front of a whole entire new audience!!
29 years old, 18-3 record. Successful Featherweight prospect, Time to fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Defeated former Dana White Contender Series prospect Alejandro Flores.
Khusein Askhabov INCREDIBLE record of 23-0, WWFC Bantamweight Champion. One of the best Bantamweight prospects in the world. Former Combat Sambo Champion and Karate Champion. Askhabov is a KILLER, Why on earth he isn’t signing with UFC or Bellator is beyond me but hopefully he fights for UFC this year.
First step in fighting for UFC is on the Dana White Contender Series. Facing a high level Bantamweight prospect that can be a FIGHT on the UFC prelims.
Khusein is a high level grappler but can throw the hands when needed. Defeated former Cage Warriors fighter Donovan Desmae.
Oh by the way trains with TWO POWERHOUSE Gyms in American Top Team and Tiger Muay Thai. He’s the next star to come out of both gyms. Learning from current UFC Champions right now as Askhabov on paper is a future UFC champion.
Brazil’s Next Generation of MMA fighters, Leading the charge is Joanderson Brito. Brazil’s #1 Featherweight prospect. 11-2 record at 26 years old. Fusion FC Lightweight Champion defeated a 24-7 Johnny Iwasaki. Later on signing with Legacy Fighting Alliance, Knocking out Jose “Chepe” Mariscal in the first round.
Exciting fighter to watch as Dana White would love his fast pace electric fighting style.
Rustam Kerimov, EASILY one of my favorite MMA fighters in the world. Former ACA Bantamweight Champion only because he wants to test free agency… Sign with UFC. Rustam Kerimov is a WORLD CLASS Bantamweight fighter, Easily one of the best Bantamweights not with UFC.
All-Around special fighter, Pressure kickboxing and takedowns. Dominating opponents from former UFC veteran Takeya Mizugaki. Defeated Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev for the ACA Bantamweight Title in a masterful performance that I’ve watched multiple times. Defeated Team Nogueira prospect Francisco Maciel, Current Top Ten Russian Featherweight Prospect Andrey Goncharov.
Africa’s MMA superstar not signed with UFC is Igeu Kabesa. Remember the name Igeu Kabesa, Believe he’ll be a future UFC title contender. Electrifying, World Class Main event attraction as he’s the EFC Featherweight Champion. Reigning over the EFC Featherweight Division. Igeu Kabesa has star written all over him and we can discover him on Season 5 of the Dana White Contender Series.
List of opponents he defeated is current Bellator fighter Peter Queally, Current UFC fighter Danny Henry who defeated Hakeem Dawodu and Daniel Teymur.
KSW Strawweight Champion with a 8-2 record. One of the best strawweight MMA prospects in Europe. Fought in EFC Worldwide to Venator FC. Split decision loss to Cheyanne Buys at EFC Worldwide 74. Crafty strawweight with balanced all around skills.
Love to see Karolina Wojcik fight on the Dana White Contender Series facing a top Strawweight prospect from the United States.
Taking advantage of his first opportunity in the UFC Main Event. Knocking out Dominick Reyes that can trend on MMA twitter, Sports twitter. Building his name more and more as the UFC has a Light Heavyweight STAR in the making.
“If the title fight will be after one or two fights doesn’t matter for me it’s the most important the journey the learning of the journey in UFC. “
Jiri wins over Muhammad Lawal, Current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov, Fabio Maldonado in his Rizin career. Win over Volkan Oezdemir in his UFC debut.
Knocking out opponents left and right in the first round. UFC, Dana White and his crew be foaming out the mouth if Jiri can crack Dominick Reyes early.
Facing the winner of Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira next, No need to wait anymore.
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.
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.”
“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.”
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 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.”
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.”
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.