Keoni Diggs Impressive against Weichel

Bellator 261 fight of the night was Daniel Weichel vs Keoni Diggs. What a FIGHT, Wish the fight was five rounds but it’s all good. Back and forth technical stand up fight.

Daniel Weichel won by Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 30–27) but Keoni Diggs won this fight no disrespect to Weichel but Keoni Diggs beat him stastically, Won the third round. The commentators were saying Diggs won as well.

The judges messed up on this one.

Loss on Diggs record but Diggs need to keep his head held up high, I was so impressed with his striking. Continuing to stand up with Weichel. Hearing the popp in Diggs hands, See Weichel backing up.

Diggs 34 years old 9-1 record crazy improvements. Love to see more of Keoni Diggs, Next up for him can be Pedro Carvalho, Saul Rogers or Jeremy Kennedy.

Hawaii has Max Holloway, BJ Penn, Ilima Lei Macfarlane and Keoni Diggs is one of the NEXT GREAT Hawaii born MMA fighters.

You gotta pay your dues and it’s a lot of ups and downs and of course it just makes when you get to where you’re at and you’re still climbing, I’m still climbing and we’re just trying to get to where we’re at and you never know where we’re gonna end up but we just keep pushing forward, pushing forward and it definitely makes it a lot sweeter. You stop a little and think back on things like, wow.

https://www.khon2.com/sports/hawaiis-keoni-diggs-embraces-the-journey-that-has-led-him-to-bellator-261-showdown-against-featherweight-contender-daniel-weichel/

Keoni Diggs looked confident, In right mindset just sucks the judges got it wrong. Hope Scott Coker gives Diggs a solid fight, He impressed me a lot. Looking forward to Keoni’s next fight in 2021.

Yaroslav Amosov First Title Defense ? Jason Jackson

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?

Jason Jackson

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.

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/06/bellator-260-yaroslav-amosov-wants-jason-jackson-over-michael-page

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/06/bellator-260-jason-jackson-wants-title-shot-vs-yaroslav-amosov

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.

Aaron Pico vs Top Ten Opponents Options

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.

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/06/bellator-260-aaron-pico-ready-to-start-avenging-losses

Adam Borics

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

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.

Emmanuel Sanchez

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.

Bellator 260 Sleeper Fight Claxton vs Gonzales

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.”

https://mymmanews.com/tywan-claxton-believes-his-experience-will-allow-him-to-offer-up-a-piece-of-humble-pie-at-bellator-260/

“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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/06/bellator-260-justin-gonzales-debut-j-train-show

Not only Gonzales looking to defeat Claxton but looking to pursue the Bellator Featherweight Title right away!! Show the world he’s one of the best Featherweights.

Claxton vs Gonzales will be a THREE ROUND WAR and I’m definitely watching this fight. Constant technical offense!!

Aaron Pico Continues his Title Run against Aiden Lee Bellator 260

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.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Pico#Bellator_MMA

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.

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/10/bellator-aaron-pico-benefits-jackson-wink-mma-training

“right now I need to learn how to fight, that’s the most important thing. I have all the raw talents. But I don’t know how to fight completely yet. But that’s why I’m with Greg and that’s why I’m with all the coaches, to learn how to fight.” https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Aaron-Pico-Moved-to-JacksonWink-to-Learn-How-to-Fight-156625

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.”

https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/6/10/22525474/aaron-pico-puts-faith-manager-coaches-lead-career-after-learning-harsh-reality-im-not-invincible

“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.”

https://www.dailynews.com/2021/06/09/aaron-pico-excited-for-bellator-260-then-fatherhood/

Aaron Pico Ready for Title Run

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.”

https://www.dailynews.com/2021/06/09/aaron-pico-excited-for-bellator-260-then-fatherhood/

Get passed Aiden Lee, Title run for Aaron Pico as he can rematch Adam Borics as Pico ranked #6. Borics ranked #3.

Pico vs Borics two of the next future stars, Bellator Featherweight title contenders. Whoever wins can challenge for the Bellator Featherweight title next.

Aaron Pico can have the best year of his life, Challenging for the Bellator Featherweight Title. Becoming the next superstar for Bellator, Showcasing his overall-all around skills in 2021.

Bellator 260 Lima vs Amosov BEST Bellator Fight of 2021 so far!!

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/06/douglas-lima-promises-to-hand-yaroslav-amosov-first-loss-laughs-off-michael-pages-accusations

“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.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/06/10/bellator-260-douglas-lima-amosov/

“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.

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/06/10/bellator-260-douglas-lima-amosov/

Lima definitely fighting one of his toughest fighters to date, Unheard of fighter from Ukraine that only HARCORE MMA fans know.

Yaroslav Amosov

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.

Bellator MUST Signings 2021

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

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.

Rustam Kerimov

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.

Yusuf Raisov

“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

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.

Felipe Froes

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.

Sergio Pettis vs Magomed Magomedov Summer of 2021

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/05/bellator-258-video-sergio-pettis-vs-juan-archuleta-ufc-move-paid-off

Sergio Pettis vs Magomedov

Sergio Pettis fighting in the STACKED Bantamweight Division with Juan Archuleta, Raufeon Stots, Patchy Mix, Josh Hill and the best out of all of them is Magomed Magomedov.

Fully aware he called out Rizin Bantamweight Champion Kyoji Horiguchi, One of the best Bantamweights in the world but because of Covid-19 restrictions that fight will be awaited for a later date.

“I would love to represent Bellator versus Rizin,” Pettis said. “Anthony’s got two belts, and it would be a great opportunity to get my second belt as well.”https://www.thescore.com/mma/news/2168674/sergio-pettis-beats-archuleta-to-win-bellator-bantamweight-title

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.

https://cagesidepress.com/2021/04/03/bellator-255-magomed-magomedov/

“My ultimate goal is to fight for the title.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/12/13/bellator-254-magomed-magomedov-fight/

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!!

Bellator 258 Remains a STACKED CARD

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.”

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/05/06/bellator-258-juan-archuleta-excited-for-sergio-pettis-challenge/

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.

https://www.mmaweekly.com/raufeon-stots-simply-plans-to-be-better-than-bellator-258-opponent

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.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2021/05/bellator-258-video-josh-hill-raufeon-stots-title-eliminator-belt-next

Logan Storley

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S4xQMZHz0I

Johnny Elben vs Daniel Madrid

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.”

https://www.mmaweekly.com/johnny-eblen-thinks-hes-going-to-finish-daniel-madrid-at-bellator-258

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.

Bellator 257 Stacked Card on Showtime

Bellator 257 is a STACKED card on Showtime Network. Headlined with Vadim Nemkov Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world vs former UFC Light Heavyweight Phil Davis. First round of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Beginning to end there’s great fights, Highly recommend watching Bellator 257!! Many fights and fighters to watch.

Nemkov vs Davis

Vadim Nemkov since signing with Bellator in 2017 been on a tear defeating current UFC Heavyweight, Former PFL Heavyweight Champion Philipe Lins, Former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Liam McGeary, Former UFC Fighter Phil Davis, Former Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Carvalho and Ryan Bader.

Nemkov is Fedor Emelianenko protégé, Nemkov is one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world. Nemkov can beat Dominick Reyes, Aleksandr Rakic, Anthony Smith but he’s making a career with Bellator.

All-Around Special Talent at 28 years old, One of the best fighters in the world.

Phil Davis Former Penn State Four Time All-American Wrestler, Former UFC Light Heavyweight defeated Glover Teixeira, Lyoto Machida, Emmanuel Newton and many other talented fighters.

Davis has a loss against Nemkov but ignoring the loss, Time for revenge.

“I don’t care; I don’t care,” Davis told MMA Junkie. “For me to look back and think, ‘Oh, they should’ve gave that to me,’ that’s a waste of my time and my energy. I’ll never get better doing that. I’m all about getting better and winning fights, so why even calculate that into my existence? I’m good. Judges have a tough job. They said I didn’t win; I didn’t win.”

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

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

Julius Anglickas

Julius Anglickas former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion, 29 years old with a 9-1 record. 2-0 record with Bellator, Defeating Jordan Young and Alex Polizzi. Two high level Bellator Light Heavyweights. Anglickas not competing in the Bellator Light Heavyweight grand prix but is the #5th Bellator Light Heavyweight.

Watch out for Anglickas in 2021.

Steve Mowry

Steve Mowry Bellator Heavyweight Prospect, 8-0 record at 28 years old. Sanford MMA prospect trains with Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns, Aung La Nsang, Vicente Luque, Jason Jackson, Anthony Johnson, Stefan Struve. Coached by Henri Hooft.

Mowry is one of my favorite Bellator prospects, He’s a very talented fighter. Talented technical boxer for a guy his size at six foot eight. Pieced apart Shawn Teed in his latest Bellator 249 fight.

Watch out for Steve Mowry in 2021.

Nemkov vs Karl Albrektsson

Viktor Nemkov 30-7 record, Older brother of Vadim Nemkov at 34 years old. Former M1 Light Heavyweight Champion, Former PFL fighter finally signs with Bellator in his Bellator debut against Karl Albrektsson.

Karl Albrektsson 27 years old 10-3 record former Rizin Light Heavyweight. Early win over Vadim Nemkov.

Saul Rogers vs Mads Burnell

Saul Rogers vs Mads Burnell is the FIGHT of the NIGHT Bellator 257. TWO of the best Bellator Featherweights facing each other in the second fight of Bellator 257. Which is crazy, Shows how stacked this card is!!

Saul Rogers 2-1 Bellator record 14-3 record at 31 years old. Ultimate Fighter 22 fighter, Defeated Billy Quarantillo, Ryan Hall, Marcin Wrzosek in his Ultimate Fighter exhibitions but because of visa issues wouldn’t fight in the Ultimate Fighter final. Easily would’ve been a Ulimate Fighter final winner and compete in the UFC right now but things in happen. Now fighting for Bellator.

Rogers lost to Daniel Weichel in a decision but was a GREAT fight. Weichel 39-11 record while Rogers had 15 pro fights. Rogers did well with striking that was a back & forth fight. Now Rogers can make a name of himself facing former UFC fighter Mads Burnell.

Mads Burnell 14-3 record 27 years old, 1-2 record with UFC but signed with Cage Warriors. Winning the Cage Warriors Featherweight title than signed with Bellator. Burnell on a five fight winning streak looking to make it six against Saul Rogers.

Mads Burnell taking advantage of the opportunity to fight for the 2nd best MMA promotion in the world. Defeating a VERY talented Saul Rogers helps in 2021, Looking for a Bellator Featherweight title.

Jay Jay Wilson

A lot of hype around the “Maori Kid” Jay Jay Wilson, Outstanding Jiu-Jitsu player. Black Belt World Champion at Alliance Jiu Jitsu under Johnny Faria at San Diego. 7-0 record at 23 years old defeated Ty-Wan Claxton, Sergio Debari and now facing Pedro Carvalho SBG Ireland prospect.

“[Carvalho] is definitely a big step up for me,” Wilson said. “He’s the biggest name I’ve fought, and I feel like I have more weapons to beat him.”

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

Toughest for the “Maori Kid”, However Jay Jay Wilson all around talent with developing striking skills. Will only get better from here with training!!

“I’m super excited about this fight,” Wilson told Cageside Press ahead of the fight. “[Carvalho]’s ranked the number four fighter, he’s no slouch. Fight camp has gone amazing, I’m feeling the greatest I’ve ever felt,” Wilson continued. “I’m ready to keep my undefeated streak going.”

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

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

Bellator 257

Overall Bellator 257 is a STACKED CARD top to bottom, One of the best Bellator cards in a while. Nemkov vs Davis, Corey Anderson second Bellator fight, Paul Daley vs Sabah Homasi, Steve Mowry, Viktor Nemkov.

Saul Rogers vs Mads Burnell Bellator Fight of the Night written all over it. TWO HIGH LEVEL fighters in a technical Featherweight Clash

PLEASE watch Belltor 257 helping out the fighters and Bellator becoming a close second to UFC.

Bellator Latest Signings Medonca & Mamedov

Bellator continues to add depth to there roster signing world class fighters consistently last few years. Newest signings are two killers from different countries that can become top five fighters in their division in the future. Bellator signed Maycon Mendoca and Islam Mamedov.

Maycon Mendoca

Maycon Mendoca Current LFA Welterweight Champion after defeating Batsumberel Dagvadorj in a Welterweight Clash that earned him the LFA Welterweight Title. He’s a very good all around fighter at 28 years old, 11-4 record. Five fight winning streak after a three fight losing streak.

Wanted Bellator to sign Mendoca because he’d a be a GREAT addition to the Bellator Welterweight Division. Future matchups against Jason Jackson, Jaleel Willis, Logan Storley.

Maycon Mendonca trains at KINGS MMA with Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, Rafael Dos Anjos, Neiman Gracie.

Looking forward to Maycon Mendonca Bellator debut and who he matches up against.

“This guy’s a beast, man. I want to see this guy on a bigger show,” Neiman Gracie said.

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

Islam Mamedov

Islam Mamedov Russian Lightweight savage, Dagestan born and raised fought for Professional Fighters League with Eight PFL/WSOF wins. Defeating current PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte, Former UFC fighter Thiago Tavares, Ylies Djiroun top French MMA prospect.

19-1 record, 31 years old entering Bellator in the prime of his career.

Mamedov is a combat sambo world champion, Ground & pound expert and looking to take his talents to Bellator. Competing with the best Lightweights from Patricky Pitbull, Goiti Yamaguchi. Training with Dagestan friends from Khabib, Islam, Umar, Usman and so many other great fighters.

Khabib replacing his father Abdulmunap as HEAD COACH, Trainer of Eagles MMA. Helping many Dagestan fighters achieve there MMA dreams. Looking to make Islam Mamedov a Bellator Lightweight title challenger.

Genuinely curious to see how Islam Mamedov matches up against Bellator Lightweight competition in July.

“I hope we’ll have fans again in the building in July,” Nurmagomedov stated. “I look forward to meeting the Bellator fans there and supporting Usman and Islam.”

Adam Borics vs the Winner of Pitbull vs Mckee Summer of 2021

Adam Borics the rising Bellator Featherweight on a three fight winning streak after defeating former UFC and PFL fighter Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator 256. Fighting in a very tactical three round fight where the trial of error is limited.

Best win of his MMA career so far. Dealing with a tough loss against Darrion Caldwell but continuing to mature and grow as a fighter with Sanford MMA, Down at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I’ve been going to Florida since 2017,” Borics told the media. “Every time I went, I was staying just one month. This time I stayed two and a half months. I want to be the best in the world. I have so much motivation, I dream big. At Sanford MMA we are a family.”

“I have the best coaches in the world at Sanford MMA, so I’m ready for everybody,” he excalimed Friday.

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

Training at Sanford MMA with Michael Chandler, Gilbert Burns, Formerly Kamaru Usman, Jason Jackson, Vicente Luque, Rumble Johnson, Martin Nguyen, Aung La Nsang and many more killers. Iron sharpens Iron, Makes everyone better including Adam Borics.

Now Borics is ready for a title, Awaiting the winner of Patricio Pitbull vs AJ McKee.

” I feel like I’m ready for a title shot I have eight or night fights with Bellator so yeah I would like to fight for the title next.”

“You know if it takes a while get back in there and Emmanuel Sanchez or someone else, Let’s see when’s the final.” Adam Borics

Hungry to fight three times a year, Looking to stay active instead of fighting once a year.

“I would like to fight one more or two times so I’m gonna fight just maximum three times a year because you know fighting in in 145 four times it’s a not easy cut you know.”

Cut is worth it fighting for the Bellator Featherweight title, Earning little more extra money because of a title fight. More sponsorship money.

Life changing fight if Adam Borics can defeat Patricio Pitbull or AJ McKee. Two of the best Featherweights in the world.

Summer of 2021 is when the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix should happen then the winner faces Adam Borics during fall.

Makes sense for Borics to get one more fight in before a title shot, Facing Emmanuel Sanchez, Daniel Weichel to name a few fighters.

My ultimate goal is to become a world champion. After that, I’m definitely going to help the next generation.”

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

Magomed Magomedov Top Five Opponent Next

Magomed Magomedov dominant performance at Bellator 255, Rear naked choke in the second round. Showing his talents against replacement Cee-Jay Hamilton as he was no match for the Russian killer.

Fight wasn’t even close as Magomedov suplexed Hamilton end of the first round. Constant pressure from grappling to ground & pound. Magomedov continues to impress me.

Magomedov ranked #5 in the new Bellator Bantamweight rankings but no way in hell he should be!! This dude is a stud and a half. Defeating Petr Yan once and having one of the best Bantamweight fights ever at ACB 57. Watched ACB 57, Twenty times so far because of the high level striking, sprawls, grappling exchanges. Every MMA fan needs to watch this fight.

“I should be even higher”

Fought two tough opponents in his Bellator career from Mattheus Mattos and Cee-Jay Hamilton. Time for a top five opponent.

“I would like to fight someone from the top five I want to fight forward, Want to tell Archuleta I’m coming for him.” Magomed Magomedov

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

Training with killers with Zabit Magomedsharipov, Marlon Moraes, Cody Garbrandt, Frankie Edgar, Eddie Alvarez and coached by one of the best MMA coaches Mark Henry. Respected A LOT by the MMA world and MMA fighters because of he’s a striking coach genius.

“I take a lot from him and he gave me a lot of advice. He showed me a lot of my mistakes on the ground. I would like to be on the ground like Khabib and on my feet like Zabit.”

“I’m grateful that they accepted me in their camp and allowed me to train with them. It was a great camp – you saw a lot of things on the ground tonight that I learned in this camp.

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

Magomedov Next Opponents?

Top Ten Bellator Bantamweights all facing each other at Bellator 258m Juan Archuleta is defending his Bellator Bantamweight Title for the first time against Sergio Pettis in a highly touted MMA fight to watch at Bellator 258. Magomedov can jump over the top five Bantamweights and challenge for a title next. I’d love to see Archuleta vs Magomedov, Constant pressure from both fighters. Two savages who train with some of the best fighters in the world as Archuleta trains with TJ Dillashaw, Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega.

Magomedov can face former UFC flyweight Sergio Pettis, Defeating a world class fighter. Former UFC fighter to build his legacy. Place his name on the map.

Third Slot Main Card fight is James Gallagher vs Patchy Mix which is a fight I’m very curious about to see how talented Gallagher is because Mix is no joke, Eyes on him for a while since his time as King of the Cage Bantamweight Champion.

Raufeon Stots vs Josh Hill Prelims of Bellator 258, Top Ten Bantamweights facing each other. Both highly skilled, World Class fighters. Every MMA fan needs to watch this fight. Josh Hill and Raufeon Stots are both underrated fighters. Stots Division 2 All-American wrestler at University of Nebraska- Kearney. Stots can be a challenge to Magomedov because of his wrestling background.

Stots before signing with Bellator was one of the best Bantamweight prospects. Josh Hill, Former Ultimate Fighter contestant, Former PFL fighter who defeated Bekbulat Magomedov. Two wins under Bellator defeating former UFC fighter Erik Perez & tough fighter Vinicius Zani.

Overall Magomedov deserves a top five opponent next, No disrespect to former opponents but he’s so good. All-Around special Dagestan talent. Future Bellator Bantamweight Champion and will see him win the title in 2021.

Bellator 255 Neiman Gracie vs Jason Jackson Fight of the Night

Bellator is back!! Bellator 255 is a stacked card from main event to prelims. Co Main Event Neiman Gracie vs Jason Jackson. Fight of the night written all over it. TWO of the best Bellator Welterweights facing each other.

Genuinely excited for this FIGHT, Two future Bellator Welterweight title challengers.

Neiman Gracie

“If it is done right, then I am glad Bellator is doing this,” Gracie told us. “It’ll be great to see who is fighting for a title, who should fight who next. To be a top five in the Bellator welterweight division is amazing, it is the toughest division in Bellator.Neiman Gracie

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

Neiman Gracie part of the next generation of Gracie’s. Impressive wins upsetting Ed Ruth and defeating Jon Fitch. Lost to Rory MacDonald but showed a lot of promise. Neiman is now #3rd ranked Welterweight while Jason Jackson is #6 Bellator Welterweight.

Neiman obviously a great grappler but training at one of the best MMA gyms Kings MMA. Coached by Rafael Cordeiro one the best MMA coaches. Trained Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rafael Dos Anjos, Rafael Dos Anjos. Neiman training with Marvin Vettori, Kelvin Gastelum, Rafael Dos Anjos during training weeks.

Gradually becoming one of the best Welterweights on the planet. Gradually improving his striking and overall game.

“I think what happens there is something that Master Rafael Cordeiro says, that champions just walk around with champions,” Gracie said. “We surround ourselves with people who have the same mentality and the same mindset and the same goal and everybody is pushing everyone forward. I think it makes a difference.”

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

“Jason’s a good opponent. He’s very good, he’s a good striker and he has a good takedown defense,” Gracie said. “I feel that he’s pretty good everywhere, but if I’m able to get the fight where I want and get the positions I w ant on the floor, I believe that nobody in the world is safe. And I can beat any one of them.”

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

Neiman can defeat a Penn-State All American wrestler, One of the best College Wrestlers he can stop Jackson’s takedowns.

Confident in his abilities if Jackson is on the floor, Jackson definitely will be in trouble there. Neiman looking forward to showing Bellator fans he’s READY for a title shot.

Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson former LFA Welterweight Champion and Titan FC Welterweight Champion. Pursuing to win the Bellator Welterweight Title. Becoming one of the best Welterweights on the planet. Training with some of the best Welterweights on the planet at Sanford MMA. Formerly with Kamaru Usman now trains at Trevor Witmann’s Gym. Trains currently with Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luque, Logan Storley and Michael Chandler.

No boring training partners as “Iron sharpens Iron”. All the hard sparring days leading to the success in his Bellator career. Split Decision lost to Ed Ruth than defeating Kiichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson and look to defeat Neiman Gracie.

“It was an amazing feeling, knowing that I’ve seen this guy in every promotion there is and maintained top fighter [status],” Jackson told FanSided MMA. “So it’s a good feeling to know that [I have] a name like Benson Henderson under belt.”

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

Expected Jason Jackson to be top 3 Welterweight easily, Replacing Neiman or Michael “Venom” Page. Time to prove the journalist wrong he’s a top three Welterweight.

I’m kind of confused myself by the rankings,” he continued, not understanding how he dropped to the #6 spot in the newly unveiled official rankings after the promotion originally had him ranked in the top five. “I’ve just got to fight. I’ve got a big opportunity to fight the number three guy, which I consider number one. And once I beat him, then there’s no more question.”

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

Jackson disadvantaged with the Jiu-Jitsu but training hard at Sanford MMA to make sure grappling won’t be an issue.

“No secret to that [Gracie’s strategy]. I have to be stingy, make him wrestle when I want to wrestle,” Jackson said. “Definitely been working with Rory MacDonald a lot get some good insight and working with the legend — Robbie Lawler — and working with the best striking coach, best wrestling coach. Sanford MMA’s got everything you need.

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

Winning a fight, Co-Main Event Fight at Bellator 255 in front of a new audience at Showtime. Time to steal the show, Calling out Douglas Lima, Yaroslav Amosov. However NEEDS a Impressive Performance to win and get the respect he deserves.

Bellator Signs Shabily #1 Russian Lightweight

Alexander Shabily #1 Russian Lightweight prospect at 27 years old. 19-3 record. Shabily is one of the best Lightweights in the world, All-Around world class fighter. Happy for Scott Coker and Bellator to sign Shabily, Adding talent to the Bellator Lightweight Division.

Shabily trains at American Top Team, Training partner with PFL Lightweight Champion Natan Schulte, Dustin Poirier and Jorge Masvidal. Managed by Ali Abdelaziz. Overall a great team around him.

Shabily last loss was in 2016, Ever since that loss been on a tear winning fights for Russian promotions ProFC, Fight Nights Global and ACA.

Bold statement to make but I compare Shabily to his teammate Dustin Poirier. In way there similar with there stand up fighting style, Counter striking. Looking for holes.

Bellator signed a world class fighter, Future Bellator Lightweight Champion.

Next generation of fighters to prosper from American Top Team.

Interested to see Shabily fights, Sidney Outlaw, Adam Piccolotti, Nate Andrews. These fights come to mind, Bellator debut on the prelims. Bellator commentators hyping up Shabily as one of the best Bellator signings.

Bellator Future Stars

Bellator rapidly growing on a yearly basis signing free agents from Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader, Rory MacDonald and prospects like Aaron Pico, AJ McKee, Yaroslav Amosov and many other prospects.

Bellator roster top to bottom is second best in the world. Filled with future Champions, future stars that will take Bellator to the next level.

AJ McKee

AJ Mckee 17-0 record at 25 years old, Next generation of MMA fighters and Bellator is lucky to have him. Mckee a finalist in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix and a millionaire if he defeats Patricio Pitbull or Emmanuel Sanchez. Life changing win for AJ Mckee if he wins the final. World class talent, All-Around fighter. One of the best Featherweights in the world.

AJ McKee’s Bellator contract is expiring but Scott Coker needs to do whatever he can to sign McKee to a long term fight deal. Bellator has a star on there hands, Amount of sponsors McKee can attract for Bellator. Pay-Per View headliner with Showtime/Bellator.

Aaron Pico

Labeled “Lebron James of MMA” Aaron Pico is the next version of George St Pierre. MMA fans, MMA journalist were doubting his talents but now on a three fight winning streak defeating talented fighters. First MMA fighter of his kind, Gold Medalist wrestler at 2013 cadet world championship. Golden Gloves winner. #1 Amateur Boxer in California.

Proof is in the pudding that this kid is a world class fighter, That Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant mentality when it comes to winning. Future Bellator Featherweight Champion. Reign the division if AJ Mckee decides to leave and sign with UFC.

Dope to see Aaron Pico do a podcast with Joe Rogan, Rogan picking Pico’s brain. Hearing the stories of Freddie Roach complimenting Pico’s boxing.

Yaroslav Amosov

Since Khabib retired the most impressive MMA record to date is Yaroslav Amosov 25-0 record. Yaroslav in the prime of his career at 27 years old, Next five years are going to be fascinating to watch. Watching one of the best Welterweights fight for Bellator.

Douglas Lima vs Yaroslav Amosov Bellator Welterweight Title Fight I hope happens in 2021. Be one of the best Welterweight fights on paper. Amosov defeats Lima that will radically sky rocket his brand and name.

Yaroslav Amosov is one of my favorite fighters right now and 2021 will see his career rise to the next level. Defeating world class fighters like Lima, Larkin, Koreshkov in his MMA career.

Vadim Nemkov

Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix begins in April of 2021. My favorite to win is Vadim Nemkov. Current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion after defeating Ryan Bader in a masterful performance. Nemkov winning the Grand Prix will make him one of the biggest stars for Bellator.

Argument as the #1 Light Heavyweight in the world and Bellator has him. Next version of Fedor Emelianenko.

Usman Nurmagomedov

Usman Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s cousin is spoked highly of from Javier Mendez as the next Bellator superstar. One of the best fighters to come out of American Kickboxing Academy. Usman Nurmagomedov has a complete different fighting style compared to his cousin.

Usman is more of a Muay Thai fighter but constant pressure.

“Expect Usman to be the Luke Rockhold of Dagestan because the guy has got it all.”

https://www.insider.com/javier-mendez-on-new-generation-of-fighter-after-khabib-nurmagomedov-2020-10

Remember watching UFC embedded or Anatomy of Fighter… Daniel Cormier walking up to Usman Nurmagomedov and he said “I’ve heard great things about you.” Than gave Usman a big hug.

Mads Burnell vs Jeremy Kennedy Bellator 2021?

Bellator in a new era with signing with Showtime. Filling up Main Cards and prelims with GREAT fights. Mads Burnell vs Jeremy Kennedy two world class Bellator featherweights both with only one Bellator fight, Be a great fight to watch for the fans.

Mads Burnell former UFC fighter, Dominated Arnold Allen which says a lot about Burnell’s skills until getting submitted in the third round. After the loss to Arnold Allen is on a five fight winning streak. Winning the Cage Warriors Featherweight title.

“To be honest, I’ve been hot for Bellator for a couple of years. It was natural, and the opportunity was there. It was just natural. It was perfect,” said Burnell, who would later add that he believed Bellator to be “a super-cool promotion.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2020/10/09/bellator-248-mads-burnell-why-bellator/

World class grappler, 2014 No-Gi European Championship BJJ fights Jeremy Kennedy underrated Featherweight fought for UFC than signed with PFL. Impressive wins over Kyle Bochniak whose a savage, Steven Siler and Brazilian prospect Luis Rafael Laurentino.


Technical calculated fighter, Looks for the takedown as we see against Steven Siler. Picking the right shots. Bellator is lucky to have Jeremy Kennedy on there roster. He’s a world class fighter. Might be boring to watch but you can appreciate his skills.

“It’s a great time for me to come into Bellator. The winner of this [my fight] is going to already fought or be ahead of all these guys in the tournament. So I’m a new face, I’m a fresh face, someone that they haven’t seen and right away I can compete. Give me a top guy, beginning of next year, let the Grand Prix finish and we’ll see what goes on there after that.”

https://mmasucka.com/2020/11/20/jeremy-kennedy-i-can-come-in-right-away-and-be-a-threat/

Both Jeremy Kennedy and Mads Burnell will be trouble for the rest of the Bellator Featherweight division. Experienced fighters, World class fighters in the prime of there careers. Looking to make a name for themselves in the second best MMA organization in the world.

Ed Ruth vs Fabian Edwards Spring of 2021

Won’t give up on Ed Ruth just yet. Ed Ruth Penn State All-American Wrestler, One of the greatest College Wrestlers of All Time only has 11 Professional fights. 8-3 record, Two fight losing streak to Taylor Johnson which was a shocking loss.

Impressive loss against Yaroslav Amosov. Amosov is now one of the best Welterweights in the world.

Ed Ruth still has potential to be one of the best Bellator Middleweights and challenge for the title. Few Bellator fighters has the wrestling pedigree that Ed Ruth has. Wrestler mindset because of the grind of wrestling.

“My wrestling makes me feel way more comfortable, especially when I’m striking,” Ruth explained. “Just knowing that I got knocked down — OK, where’s that leg? I know I’m comfortable there. It’s almost like [Nate] Diaz. Diaz has his [Brazilian jiu-jitsu]. I’ve definitely wanted to work on my striking.

https://www.mmafighting.com/2020/2/21/21146157/ed-ruth-has-no-problem-being-patient-while-bellator-champ-douglas-lima-pursues-a-second-world-title

Seen the progression in Jason Jackson win, Loss to Amosov but had a tough loss to Tayler Johnson. Trains at American Kickboxing Academy one of the best MMA Gyms in the world. Grappling partner with Khabib. Learning from Javier Mendez, Daniel Cormier, Jon Fitch.

Hopefully with the mental improvement, Striking improvements will see a BETTER Ed Ruth. Ed Ruth next fight can be against Leon Edwards little brother Fabian Edwards. Coming off a loss to Costello Van Steenis.

Bellator returning in April, Moving to Showtime. Need some great fights to fill the Main Cards and prelims. Ed Ruth vs Fabian Edwards would be a great fight for both sides. Edwards defeating Ruth will help him rise through the Bellator Middleweight Rankings.

Ed Ruth wins against Edwards. Help Ruth in many ways. Bellator Middleweights will be on notice. Ruth 30 years old, Prime years ahead of him till 34 years old.

Looking forward to Ed Ruth 2021 Campaign and fighting Fabian Edwards which would be a GREAT fight to watch. Don’t give up on Ed Ruth can still grow and be one of the best Middleweights in the world.

Most Underrated MMA Fighters Part 3

Endless amount of underrated world class fighters all over the world. Champions who aren’t appreciated enough. Can make 10 parts of the most underrated MMA fighters in the world. By the way this is no specific order.

Vadim Nemkov

Vadim Nemkov, Fedor Emelianenko protege is the #1 Light Heavyweight in the world in my opinion. World class fighter. Since signing with Bellator defeated the best of the best with Phil Davis. Masterclass performance against Ryan Bader. Winning the Bellator Light Heavyweight title. Now competing in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. Nemkov 12-2 record.

Rafa Garcia

Rafa Garcia, Mexican version of Eddie Alvarez. Pitbull personified. Former Combate Americas Lightweight Champion, Only former because he wants to test free agency sign with UFC or Bellator. 12-0 record at 26 years old. One of the best Lightweights out there.

Juan Archuleta

Juan Archuleta signed with Bellator back in 2018, Becoming Bellator Bantamweight Champion. Training partner with TJ Dillashaw. Defending his title against Sergio Pettis. Win against Pettis will lead to Archuleta becoming one of the best Bantamweights in the world. Impressive 25-2 record. Looking forward to Juan Archuleta 2021 and 2022 season.

Sabina Mazo

Sabina Mazo former LFA Women’s Flyweight Champion, Trains at KINGS MMA is a rising UFC Women’s Flyweight. Colombian Assassin and one day will be a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Extremely talented striker. Trains with Cris Cyborg. Only 23 years old, Plenty years ahead of her 9-1. Moving up to the Bantamweight division. 2021 is an important year for Sabina Mazo.

Felipe Froes

ACA Featherweight Champion, Felipe Froes about to reign the Featherweight division for couple years. Froes is a world class Featherweight, Happy he found a home in Russia. Great fights against Marat Balaev, Showing that DAWG in him like the Diaz Brothers and Jorge Masvidal. Very underrated Featherweight.

Andre Harrison #1 MMA Free Agent Available

Andre Harrison Former WSOF Featherweight Champion, Titan FC Featherweight Champion. One of the few fighters to defeat Lance Palmer is no longer fighting for the Professional Fighters League he’s a free agent. Many options for Andre Harrison and TAKE ADVANTAGE of the opportunity.

WSOF 35 Lance Palmer vs Andre Harrison Million views plus on YouTube. One of the most underrated MMA names to date.

One MMA promotion definitely will offer a high six figures, PPV Buys incentive contract and Andre Harrison will be more than happy to take it. Any promotion will be lucky to have him as well Andre Harrison top 40-top 50 Featherweight in the world.

Bellator & Harrison

#1 option for Andre Harrison is to sign with the second best MMA promotion in the world. Bellator is growing and growing, Featherweight division is stacked with Patricio Pitbull, AJ Mckee, Emmanuel Sanchez, Aaron Pico, Darrion Caldwell, Daniel Weichel and many more upcoming Featherweights.

Andre Harrison signing with Bellator would be one of the best Bellator signings. Long successful career with Bellator. Works both ways.

Saul Rogers Bellator underrrated Featherweight vs Andre Harrison is a fun fight to watch for a Bellator debut. Fighting Adam Borics as well. So many fight options for Andre Harrison if he signed with Bellator and they offer sweet deals. Addition to sponsorships.

Andre Harrison & One Championship

One Championship Featherweights division is for strikers, Grappling is there biggest weakness for most of them and if Andre Harrison wants to win Featherweight title for one of the best MMA organizations in the world I’d definitely sign with One Championship.

Andre Harrison striking has gotten better but with Harrison’s college wrestling background it would be easy pickens for him. Plus One Championship offered Eddie Alvarez multi-million dollar deal, Harrison would get a nice pay cheque.

Sick fights against Martin Nguyen, Thanh Le One Championship Featherweight Champion, Gary Tonon. Dominating that division for a while and making a lot more money than fighting for PFL.

KSW & Andre Harrison

KSW #1 European MMA promotion signing Andre Harrison would dramatically help KSW. KSW is underrated promotion as it become a feeder league for UFC with Mateusz Gamrot, Jan Blachowicz, Alexander Gustafsson signing there. Now it’s time for KSW to sign a big time free agent.

KSW Featherweight division has three killers, Salahdine Parnasse former KSW Featherweight Champion, Daniel Torres KSW Featherweight Champion, Max Coga who fought for PFL.

Me personally be a dream fight for Andre Harrison vs Salahdine Parnasse. Sign me up please!! Parnasse world class Featherweight who can beat most UFC Featherweights. Got hit with a lucky shot by Daniel Torres.

Brave CF & Andre Harrison

Middle East #1 promotion, Owned by Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the Bahrain Royal Family. Brave CF is a rapid growing MMA promotion with Khamzat Chimaev, Amir Albazi, Ottaman Azaitar and many others would be signing with BRAVE CF.

Andre Harrison signing with BRAVE CF would be life changing money, Fighting in front of sold out crowds. Earning millions of dollars.

Good fights against Lucas Martins, Akhmed Magomedov, Erick Da Silva. Brave CF continues to sign world class prospects around the world, Harrison if he wants competition will have many Featherweights to choose from.

Andre Harrison can be the face of Brave CF for the foreseeable future. Dream come true for Andre Harrison.

Magomed Magomedov vs Brett Johns Spring of 2021

Magomed Magomedov former ACB Bantamweight Champion defeated Matteus Mattos in his Bellator debut at Bellator 254. Dominant grappling win as he was only at “60%.”

“I felt great, but I feel like I was basically about 60 percent,” Magomedov told MMA Junkie through an interpreter at the Bellator 254 post-fight news conference. “I basically just showed that I could wrestle, but what I didn’t show was how I mix it up in the standup and so forth.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/12/magomed-magomedov-i-was-only-able-to-show-about-60-percent-at-bellator-254

Curious to see what Magomedov is like at 100% against a world class fighter Brett Johns.

Yes Brett Johns fights for Bellator now since his UFC contract expired and like a SMART prizefighter tested free agency. Brett Johns 5-2 UFC record defeated Joe Soto, Tony Gravely, Five round losses to Aljamain Sterling and Pedro Munhoz.

What a welcoming debut for Brett Johns to fight Magomed Magomedov easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world.

Brett Johns defeats Magomed Magomedov in the Spring of 2021 that will move him up in the Bantamweight rankings and qualify in the Bantamweight grand prix if there was one in 2021.

Magomedov wins that shows he can defeat another UFC fighter as he’ll be on watch by Juan Archuleta as a future Bellator Bantamweight title challenger.

Bantamweight fight to schedule in 2021 I hope to see this dream fight become a reality. High level grappling, striking by two of the best Bantamweights in the world.

Aaron Pico vs Adam Borics 2 Spring of 2021

Aaron Pico rejuvenated since switching gyms to Jackson Wink MMA Academy. Three fight winning streak leading into 2021 wants to revenge his losses against Henry Corrales vs Adam Borics.

Adam Borics is highly touted trains out of Sanford MMA, Bounced back strong after the hard loss to Darrion Caldwell.

Henry Corrales is a solid fighter but Adam Borics is even better. Aaron Pico vs Adam Borics in April, May of 2021 would a GREAT fight for both fighters.

Aaron Pico REVENGES his loss to Adam Borics, Showing the continued haters and doubters that he can DEFEAT world class Featherweights.

“I would love to fight Adam Borics.” Aaron Pico interview with MyMMANews

” 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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnM19xdFj9A

Adam Borics can continue his winning streak and ends.. Aaron Pico’s. On paper this a sick fight to watch, Storyline behind this fight would be entertaining to watch if Bellator markets and story tells correctly.

On the other hand Aaron Pico is a monster and finally now reaching his potential. Next George St Pierre and with a revenge win against Adam Borics is a win in the right direction.

Spring of 2021 Aaron Pico vs Adam Borics two of the best Bellator Featherweight prospects.

Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix 2021

Bellator Bantamweight division number one or number two most talented division in Bellator. Leading with Juan Archuleta Bellator Bantamweight Champion, Sergio Pettis, Magomed Magomedov Former ACB Bantamweight Champion, James Gallagher, Patchy Mix and many more talented Bantamweights.

Since the division is STACKED top to bottom, Many dream fights to schedule in 2021 why not have a Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix?

Time to create one since the Heavyweight division and now the Featherweight division is almost done with there tournament.

“I’ll tell you, I think we have some choices here,” he said when asked what weight class might get the nod for the next tournament. “I think that everybody’s in contention as far as weight class. I think we have two or three different divisions, we just haven’t decided yet.” https://cagesidepress.com/2020/12/14/bellator-254-scott-coker-grand-prix-next/

Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix finals are next with AJ Mckee waiting for the Patricio Pitbull vs Emmanuel Sanchez fight. After the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Finals is over, Scott Coker should announce the next Grand Prix… Bantamweight Grand Prix.

Broadcast move to CBS Sports Network help the Bellator tremendously in the next five years, Most importantly help the fighters BRANDS. Many of the Bellator Bantamweights don’t have the recognition and all eyes on them with a Grand Prix. Headlines of surprising upsets and the stories behind the fighters.

To be honest with you it’s a no brainer from Bellator’s standpoint. MMA fans will be watching high level fights from Juan Archuleta fighting Magomed Magomedov, Brett Johns vs James Gallagher, Sergio Pettis vs Raufeon Stots. I can literally make a LONG list of matches because how stacked the division is.

Casual fans, Yes even them will truly appreciate the talent of the Bantamweight fighters. What they bring to the cage. High level fighting at it’s finest.

Depending on the Covid-19 situation invite Kyoji Horiguchi Rizin Bantamweight Bantamweight Champion, Kai Asakura Former Rizin Bantamweight Champion to the Grand Prix which would be SICK to watch. Makes the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix even more interesting… Seeing who the #1 Bellator Bantamweight is and one of the best Bantamweights in the world.

Bellator Prospects to Watch 2021

Bellator last couple years signing world class prospects from all over the world that are potential Bellator title contenders. Hats off to Bellator matchmakers signing and discovering some talented prospects. 2021 will be watching several prospects become rising stars.

Aaron Pico

Aaron Pico the next version of George St Pierre will rise to the top of the Bellator Featherweight division. Revenging his losses against Adam Borics & Henry Corrales. Showing the world he’s new & improved. Displaying dominant performances against his opponents. Mindset Pico has right now, Feel like he’ll be unstoppable. Proving the haters wrong as yes, Pico will one day be a Bellator Featherweight Champion. 2021 Aaron Pico will breakout.

Magomed Magomedov

Magomed Magomedov easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world before signing with Bellator. Memorable fights with Petr Yan, Defeating Yan once. Only person to defeat Yan. Bellator debut grapple dominant win against Matteus Mattos. Entering Bellator at 29 years old in the PRIME of his career. Magomed arguably competing in the #1 Bellator division. Interesting fights for him Josh Hill, Raufeon Stots, Patchy Mix. Truly excited for the 2021 season for Magomed Magomedov. Everyone is in for a treat as he defeats some of the best Bantamweights in the world!!

Mandy Bohm

Mandy Bohm former TKO Flyweight Champion is a German Assassin, Future Bellator women’s flyweight champion. Bohm rise through the Bellator flyweight division quickly. Cancelled fight against Liz Carmouche because of Covid-19. Bellator matchmaker, Rich Chau should schedule this fight again. Build up the profile of Mandy Bohm, SBG Ireland prospect. Defeating… Former UFC Women’s flyweight title challenger. Fight options like Alejandra Lara, Kate Jackson, Vanessa Porto. Fight against Denise Keilholtz would be a fight I’d want to see. Keilholtz multiple time kickboxing champion vs TKO Flyweight Champion.

Usman Nurmagomedov

Khabib’s younger cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov signed with Bellator. Current record of 11-0, Next great Nurmagomedov. Spoked highly of from Khabib, Javier Mendez. Next generation of American Kickboxing Academy prospects. Future Bellator Lightweight Champion. No fights with Bellator but I’m extremely excited for Usman’s debut and 2021 campaign.

Opposite fighting style of Khabib as he’s a Muay Thai fighter.

Usman, who I started training, has got so much talent. He’s so young, so strong – I believe he is going to be the biggest superstar out of all them.” Javier Mendez

https://www.rt.com/sport/509399-javier-mendez-khabib-nurmagomedov-career-reflection/

Soren Bak

Former Cage Warriors Champ Champ, Featherweight and Lightweight Champion signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator. World class Lightweight who could’ve signed with UFC but decided to take better all-around offer. Wins over Paddy Pimblett, Morgan Charriere, Talented grappler. Future Bellator Lightweight Champion or Lightweight contender. Fights against Sidney Outlaw, Brent Primus, Myles Jury in 2021.

Logan Storley

Logan Storley 4 time All-American Wrestler out of Minnesota transferred over to MMA. Trains out Sanford MMA, Sparring partners with Michael Chandler and Robbie Lawler. Stories of giving his teammates like Gilbert Burns, Jason Jackson, Vicente Luque trouble. Explains why he went to a split decision with Yaroslav Amosov. Massive potential for Logan Storley he just needs to fight more consistently. Hopefully Storley and his team can schedule couple fights for him in 2021 because it will be a breakout year for Storley. Impressed me a lot in his fight against Amosov.

Joey Davis

Joey Davis Division Two All-American wrestler from Notre Dame College. 8-0 record at 27 years old. Successful wrestler transferred over to Bellator. Trains out of Team Bodyshop MMA with AJ McKee. Dominant performance against CFFC fighter Bobby Lee impressed me a lot. Looking forward to his 2021 campaign. Watch the advancements in his striking as he’ll have the world class grappling forever. Hope he fights tougher opponents in 2021.

Dalton Rosta

Dalton Rosta blown me away in his last fight against Ty Gwerder. Yes even though he’s built like Hercules, Remained energized till the last second of the third round. Rosta moved camps to American Top Team, Competing with the best fighters in the world on a daily basis. Rosta boxing since he was a teenager. Only 25 years old will continue to get better. Can’t wait for the 2021 season for Rosta he’s an all-around talent. Fights against Will Fleury, Charlie Ward.

Julius Anglickas

Julius Anglickas Light Heavyweight prospect, Former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion. Won his fight on the Dana White Contender Series. Impressive Bellator win on his record against former LFA Light Heavyweght Champion Alex Polizzi. 2021 significant year for Anglickas. Possible spot on the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. Prime of his career at 29 years old.

Johnny Eblen

Korean Canelo because of his heavy right hand, Johnny Eblen trains out of American Top Team. 7-0 record 29 years old. 2021 will be a big year for the former Missouri wrestler. Eblen next generation of fighters to come out of American Top Team. Earned the respect from coach Muhammad Lawal as he’s one of the coaches for American Top Team. Helps out Johnny Eblen during his training camps.

“King Mo is a legend. One of the best to ever do it. I enjoyed training and learning from him during his career. Excited for his future as a coach. He has so much knowledge. It’s a great addition to ATT’s coaching staff.” https://mmasucka.com/2019/06/15/career-muhammed-king-mo-lawal/

Bellator Most Underrated Featherweight…

Saul Rogers former Ultimate Fighter Season 22 contestant who could’ve fought in the Lightweight final if the UFC didn’t fight out he falsified his Visa documents but oh well you’ll do anything to accomplish your dream.

Since Ultimate Fighter fought for ACB(#1 Russia Promotion) and now with Bellator. 1-1 with Bellator, The loss was to Daniel Weichel(2x Bellator Featherweight Title challenger). Understand that loss to Weichel he’s a German assassin.

However at Bellator 248 rear naked choked, Arbi Mezhidov. Arbi 13-4 Austrian Featherweight prospect who trains with Aleksandr Rakic. Arbi’s manager called him the next Bellator star but Saul Rogers ended the hype real fast.

“This is where I needed to be and I can showcase to all of my UK fans what I’m capable of and I feel like this is going to be give me that boost I need to become a world champion which I have no doubt in my mind I will be world champion.”

Couple more wins under his belt he can fight for the Bellator Featherweight title but wants to be alternate in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix.

Saul Rogers vs Robert Whiteford “Battle of Britain” was scheduled to happen three times. Whiteford pulling out of the fight. Rogers had enough with waiting, Wants tougher challenges that can help rise through the Bellator Featherweight division.

“I want the guys in the tournament or the guys who are getting knocked out in the tournament because I consider them the best guys in the division and I feel like they’re going to be the closest to the belt.”

Rogers definitely has the skills to defeat Henry Corrales which would be a great fight, Adam Borics. Two Grand Prix qualifiers or fight Jeremy Kennedy newly signed Bellator fighter, Mads Burnell (former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion).

Many upcoming fight options for Rogers as he’s in full form with a way better healthy mindset. Envisions becoming Bellator Featherweight Champion and 2021 will be the Featherweight contender.

“If your mind’s not there you’re not going to perform so that was my biggest thing from that I kind of looked myself in the mirror and thought what do you really want to do, You want to do this you want to be world champion enough, I sat there and I thought you know what I really do want to be world champion I believe my skill set and that’s what I’m carrying forth now, That’s why I’m screaming for these titles.”

Wasn’t for the false visa, Saul Rogers could’ve been a UFC Featherweight title challenger. One of the stars for England MMA but he can be a star for Bellator. Building his brand to the maximum value.

Following the ways of SBG teammate Conor McGregor of taking advantage the spotlight humanly as possible, Calling his shots. Interested in headlining an event in Manchester in 2021 against a Featherweight contender that can lead to challenging for the Featherweight title.

Breakout year for Saul Rogers I guarantee it, End of the year will be a top 5 Bellator featherweight at least!! Easily one of the most underrated featherweights in the world, He’s just been under the radar but won’t be for long.

Archuleta vs Horiguchi Bellator/Rizin 2021

Bellator and Rizin(Japanese Promotion) cross promoting since 2018. Kyoji Horiguchi defending his Rizin Bantamweight Title against Darrion Caldwell twice(former Bellator Bantamweight Champion. Horiguchi can now fight the NEW Bellator Bantamweight Champion Juan Archuleta.

Horiguchi vs Archuleta better happen in 2021. Bantamweight Title Fight, Champion vs Champion. Dream matchup for HARDCORE MMA fans. Besides fighting Demetrious Johnson, My opinion is the toughest opponent for Horiguchi.

Archuleta is one talented fighter, When Bellator signed him I was more than excited. Archuleta was the King of the Cage Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight Champion. Easily one of the best Bantamweights in the world with a 25-2 record, All-Around savage who trains with TJ Dillashaw.

Archuleta intrigued by the matchup against Horiguchi, Legacy fight for him.

“Who else is [Horiguchi] going to fight in Japan? You tell me,” Archuleta demanded. “Who else comes to mind with an 18 fight win-streak now. [I’ve] been dominating in and out of every fight I’ve been in. I’ve only lost one round in my whole career. I’ve only been taken down once in my whole career. Who else is he going to fight that will bring some excitement to the table?”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/06/juan-archuleta-determined-fight-kyoji-horiguchi-next-even-if-in-japan

Juan Archuleta calling out Horiguchi since his rise with Bellator. Building up the fight best as possible, Millions of viewers will be watching this fight.

When it comes to Bellator’s former bantamweight champ, Horiguchi, Archuleta was especially enthused. “HORIGUCHI!!” he bellowed during Saturday’s post-fight press conference. “I’m still coming for you baby, where you at? I’m hope you’re ready, Horiguchi. I want that fight, baby! I want that RIZIN belt! Let’s go!”

http://Bellator 246: Juan Archuleta Ready for Responsibility of Being Champion

Horiguchi on the other hand defeats Juan Archuleta, Keep adding to his legacy. Mike Brown( American Top Team) says “Horiguchi is the most underrated fighter in the world.” Definitely support Mike Brown’s opinion. Ever since Kyoji Horiguchi signed with Rizin, He radically improved but hat’s off to him. King of Japanese MMA and the face of RIZIN.

“I think he’s grossly underrated, but that happens a lot when you’re fighting outside the UFC,” Brown told MMA Junkie in a phone interview. “But if you look at his record, his pedigree – I mean, it’s incredible. He’s got a great record, and now he’s fighting at 135 where he’s much smaller than guys – I think he can fight at both weight classes (flyweight) fairly easy – but with a few extra pounds, I think him fighting at 135, it’s given him more power.

“My priority is to go get back the Bellator belt I returned. I got my Rizin belt back, and now it’s time to go after the other one,” Horiguchi said.

https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3116089/rizin-26-kyoji-horiguchi-reigns-supreme-and

Horiguchi displayed a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece against Kai Asakura at Rizin 26. First round knock out against Asakura, Earns back his Rizin Bantamweight Title.

Scott Coker(Bellator Promoter) and Nobuyuki Sakikibara (Rizin Promoter) better happen in 2021. Dream matchup between two of the BEST Bantamweights in the WORLD.

Juan Archuleta VS Sergio Pettis Bellator 2021

Juan Archuleta new Bellator Bantamweight Champion after outpointing Patrick Mix at Bellator 246 looking to defend his Bellator Bantamweight title for the first time.

No better defending against Sergio Pettis. Pettis 2-0 with Bellator so far. Juan Archuleta vs Sergio Pettis would be one of the most anticipating Bantamweight fights in the MMA world of 2021. Archuleta showing he’s one of the best Bantamweights in the world with a win against Sergio Pettis.

Our next fight, we’re shooting for the first of the year. The the first card back (after the new year) against Sergio Pettis. That’s the fight I originally wanted for the belt,” Archuleta said.

https://www.yardbarker.com/general_sports/articles/juan_archuleta_will_defend_bellator_title_against_sergio_pettis_in_2021/s1_15032_33150635

“He’s a gamer,” Archuleta said. “He’s been in there with the best – the best 125ers in the world. That’s what he’s going to bring. He’s going to bring experience, he’s going to bring talent, and I see me beating him. Don’t get me wrong – I think it’s a great matchup for myself. But it’s going to be a hell of a fight. It’s one of the fights that I wanted to have for the vacant title, anyway, but Bellator and myself thought Patchy had a little better momentum in the organization, and so that was the contender. And so now I’m going to be able to prove to myself and to Bellator that I’m the best.”

Sergio Pettis on Juan Archuleta

Sergio Pettis 2-0 with Bellator facing Juan Archuleta would be one of his toughest opponents UFC and Bellator. Defeating Archuleta shows Pettis all along was better fighting in the Bantamweight division. Found a new home in Bellator.

“This is a big opportunity for me against a tough opponent in Juan Archuleta,” Pettis told MMA Junkie Radio. “I think he’s only been defeated like two times or three times, so big name for me to go out there and add to my resume. Being 27 years old now, I think this is the perfect time for me to go out there and showcase my skills and show the world what I’ve been working on these past, I guess, almost 10 years now.”

Sergio Pettis in 2021 can make a name for himself instead of being Anthony Pettis little brother. Scott Coker wrapping the Bellator Bantamweight title around Pettis waist.

Pettis vs Archuleta

Sergio Pettis vs Juan Archuleta would be one very fascinating fight to watch. Both fighters are talented, Coached well as well. Pettis coached by Duke Roufus, Archuleta coached by Duane Ludwig.

The areas of weakness between them is very small. Pettis is more of a volume striker, Technically sound while Juan Archuleta is more powerful, Basically a Pitbull. All American Junior College Wrestler and wrestled at Purdue.

I have no clue whose gonna win this fight because of the high levelness. One error, Wrong move can lead to a knock out.

Both fighters MUST bring there A game or it will be a one sided dominant performance.

Hope Bellator markets this Bantamweight title fight like crazy because it will be a special fight to watch, Mark on your calendar for 2021.

Mandy Bohm Bellator Flyweight Champion in 2021

Mandy Bohm German Assassin, former TKO Flyweight Champion is 1-0 with Bellator. Showing a masterful performance in her Bellator debut at Bellator 247 defeating Griet Eeeckhout.

Smooth striking displayed in the three rounds, Added with her grappling ability.

Bohm only fought once in 2020 but potentially can fight three times in 2021. Fighting and winning the Bellator Flyweight Title. Mandy Bohm is one talented fighter and I don’t see no one defeating her.

Mandy Bohm is the next version of Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Bohm will reign over the Bellator Flyweight Division but 2021 is the beginning for something special.

Liz Carmouche vs Mandy Bohm can be booked for 2021 as this fight was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus. Perfect opportunity to fight former two time UFC Women’s title challenger. Build her name off a former UFC fighter. Discussed as a future Bellator Flyweight Champion.

” I step into the Bellator cage when I say I’m ready I mean I’m ready I’m focused I’m count and I’m professional enough to um to everyone in the division it’s a game I’m not here to swim around or something like this I’m here to compete I’m here to fight the best girls in the division. That’s what I need to do I’m not just here.” Mandy Bohm

“It’s my journey, My wish to go to the top that is what I want go to the top, I know I have a lot of work, I have a lot to do but I do it everyday I never stop working and I’m sure I can I’m good but every day I’m getting better.” Mandy Bohm

Defeating Carmouche will lead to fighting Kate Jackson, Kana Watanabe or Vanessa Porto (Former Invicta FC Flyweight Champion). Fighting Vanessa Porto would be the best option for Bohm.

Carmouche vs Porto would be fun flyweight fight to watch, Porto 22-8 veteran and Amateur Boxing Champion in Brazil. Main Card Bellator fight or Co-Main Event fight. Defeating another former Flyweight Champion will help out a lot moving forward.

Mandy Bohm ends the year fighting the Bellator Flyweight Champion if it remains Juliana Velasquez or llima Lei Macfarlane wins the Bellator Flyweight title back.

Either way Bohm will make her dream a reality, Becoming a Flyweight World Champion. Will defeat Velasquez or Macfarlane. Coach John Kavanagh will have the PERFECT game plan for Bohm’s opponents. Leading to winning her title fight, Becoming the 2nd SBG Ireland Champion.

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 yesContinue reading “KSW 62 Fight to Watch”

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 ofContinue reading “Bellator 262 Prospects to Watch: Law & Eblen”

Austin Vanderford Challenges for the Bellator Middleweight Title in 2021

Austin Vanderford building his own reputation, Instead of being Mr. Vanzant. Vanderford fought on the Contender Series but didn’t get the UFC contract. Second best option was signing with Bellator.

Since signing with Bellator in 2019 currently has a 4-0 record, Fought Vinicius De Jesus former CES Welterweight Champion on November 5th 2020. Best win of Austin Vanderford’s career so far as CES is one of the best regional promotions in the world.

Right way to end 2020 and end 2021 as the Bellator Middleweight Title challenger.

“I want people to know that I deserve it and I’m ready to fight for the title. I’m ready whenever. But we’re just going to keep on the pace and do what Bellator wants me to do. They’ve done such a great job so far. I’ve had opponents fall out and they were quick in getting me someone.”

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2020/11/bellator-251-austin-vanderford-american-top-team-move-pays-off

2021 with the right fights such as …. John Salter(8-1 Bellator record) NAIA Wrestling Champion at 147 pounds would be the perfect matchup for Vandferford. Challenging himself against a high level grappler, Second degree black belt. Gold medalist at the ADCC North American Championship in 2017.

Vanderford defeating a quality opponent like John Salter in the middle of 2021 will earn himself a contender fight against Anatoly Tokov or Costello Van Steenis. Both fights would be very interesting to watch.

Tokov currently has 29-2 record(5-0) record, #1 Bellator Middleweight. Waiting for the opportunity to fight Gegard Mousasi but Mousasi might be a participant in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Tokov vs Vanderford is the Bellator Middleweight contender fight for the winter of 2021. Anatoly Tokov the heavy handed first round knock out power vs Vanderford stellar grappler. Hopefully this fight happens because MMA fans will be excited to see Tokov vs Vanderford. High level Middleweight fight.

Win against Tokov will change his life forever, Defeating one of the best Middleweights non UFC. #1 Contender for the Bellator Middleweight Title. Anticipating the fight of his life against Gegard Mousasi in 2022.

Special Year For Aaron Pico in 2021

Aaron Pico Finished 2020 on a three fight winning streak defeating Daniel Carey, Solo Hatley Jr and John De Jesus. Win against John De Jesus by far the BEST PERFORMANCE of his career.

Ended 2020 strong and NOW 2021 will be a SPECIAL year for Aaron Pico. Facing tougher competition, Top ten Bellator Featherweights and impressively defeating them. Earning a spot as a top ten Bellator Featherweight.

Mindset Aaron Pico has now ever since the gym move to JacksonWink changed everything for him. Greg Jackson #1 or #2 Best MMA Coach in the world says “Coaching Aaron Pico during fights is like playing a video game.”

Coaching the next George St Pierre as GSP was a former fighter at JacksonWink before moving to Tristar.

“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.

https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/2019/10/bellator-aaron-pico-benefits-jackson-wink-mma-training

100 % FUTURE Bellator Featherweight Champion, Talent Pico has and coached by Greg Jackson only a matter of time before the Bellator Featherweight title is wrapped around his waist.

“My favorite fighter right now is Kamaru Usman, and I really, really watch a lot of stripes on him,” Pico said. “Yeah, he doesn’t get a lot of knockouts, but he wins. He’s winning, he’s coming out of the fight and he’s healthy, and that’s something I put in my head. Of course, I want to be exciting, but I want to win. This is the most important thing. I want to get the W and whatever it takes to do it, I will. I want to be smart. I don’t want to be touched and I want to go home, have no marks on me and be healthy.

https://www.fr24news.com/a/2020/07/bellators-aaron-pico-inspired-by-ufc-champion-kamaru-usman-just-won.html

Pico can be the Kamaru Usman of the Bellator Featherweight Division for years to come. All- Around skills but by far his BEST is the world class wrestling.

Rematch year in 2021 calling out Adam Borics & Henry Corrales in his interview with MMAJunkie Journalist, John Morgan.

Both exciting matchups for him, Both he can defeat with ease as Aaron Pico is a changed man. Wants to fight in February, Hopefully Henry Corrales or Adam Porics accepts the offer and fights Aaron Pico. Many of us want to see those two matches.

Defeating either of them in a successful one sided butt whooping can lead to even better matchups like Daniel Weichel, Daniel Straus, Darrion Caldwell in the Spring of 2021. Displaying his best skills even his striking that KO’d John De Jesus. Respected boxing even from the likes of Freddie Roach.

 “Aaron Pico is a good enough boxer to be Miguel Cotto’s sparring partner for two of his title fights. I’m not saying just his sparring partner, his number one sparring partner. That’s how good he is in boxing.”

https://cagesidepress.com/2019/01/12/freddie-roach-talks-training-georges-st-pierre-aaron-pico-says-gsp-might-have-one-more-fight/

Possibly joining the 2021 Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix if Scott Coker decides to create one again, This time Pico better accept a slot in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix.

Either way fighting 2-3 times in 2021 against top of the food chain Bellator Featherweights will LEAD to fighting for a title in 2022.

Impressing all the MMA fans, Earning his respect back as the Lebron James of MMA, Gaining up to a million followers because of Aaron Pico name being discussed across sports media. Mentioned on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Ariel Helwani show, CBS Sports. Showcasing his highlight reel knockouts.

Aaron Pico is part of the next generation of Bellator fighters, One day becoming one of the best fighters in the world… But all of this can go away if he doesn’t continue winning in 2021.