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.
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 ChampionPhilipe 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.”
Daivs 36 years old, Making one more run for the Bellator Light Heavyweight title.
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 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.”
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.”
Jay Jay gets passed Pedro Carvalho would be a great start to 2021. Gradual hype for the future Bellator star.
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.
Apti Bimarzaev Belarus Top Featherweight 16-3 record at 28 years old, 2016 Combat Sambo World Champion at 28 years old. One of my favorite Eastern Europe MMA prospects to date because of his high level fighting ability, World Class fighter who fights for ACA.
Apti Bimarzaev 3-0 looking to make it 4-0 facing Tural Ragimov 20-5 record at ACA 120. ACA 120 headliner is Felipe Froes vs Magomedrasul Khasbulaev but please pay attention to Bimarzaev he’s a really talented fighter who can beat Top UFC or Bellator Featherweights.
Apti Bimarzaev Career
Standout win on his win record was against former Bellator, WSOF and now current Bareknuckle boxer Luis Palomino. It was a amazing technical performance that lead to a unanimous decision. Defeating Ramazan Kishev at ACA 97. Kishev talented fighter who defeated ACA prospect Askhab Zulaev which is a stand out win for Kishev.
Defeating a Brazilian undefeated fighter Rodrigo Magalhaes 10-0 at WFCA 53 before WFCA was acquired from ACB/ACA.
Proof’s in the pudding as Apti is one of the Featherweight prospects to keep an eye on for 2021 before he signs with a stellar Major Promotion from UFC, Bellator, One Championship or PFL. He’s ready for the big show!!
Apti Bimarzaev vs Tural Ragimov
Apti Bimarzaev vs Tural Ragimov will be an exciting fight to watch point blank. Tural Ragimov stand out wins against Antun Racic at M1-Challenge. Racic former KSW Bantamweight Champion. Akhmed Shervaniev 14-1 record, Current Brave CF fighter.
Ragimov will knockdown Apti few times but Apti has one of the craziest chins of all time as he got knocked down by Alexey Polpudnikov at ACA 104 but Apti is a resilient pressure, Willing to die out there type of fighter who will fight to the last second.
Go through some adversity with fights but he’s just mentally tough to never give up. Trait you can’t train only a skill you can master and Apti mastering the skill!
Apti #5th ranked ACA Featherweight #1 contender fight vs Salman Zhamaldaev next for Apti Bimarzaev.
UFC is the Premier Global MMA promotion. The Gold Standard on running a promotion. Besides there’s ten plus MMA promotions to watch or fight for. Earning solid money, Entertained by watching world class fighters. Created a list of MMA promotions to watch!
Ultimate Fighting Championship
No way UFC is #1 MMA promotion. Of course and it will always will be until Dana White decides to retire. UFC not only the #1 MMA promotions but #4th Sports Business beating NHL. UFC is a worldwide company, TV contracts in Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia. UFC has some of the biggest athletes from Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya, Jon Jones. Formerly Khabib Nurmagomedov, Biggest Muslim athlete.
UFC signing a deal with ESPN, Skyrocketed there brand value. UFC will only grow from here. Future PPV buys up to 3 million-4 million.
UFC talent better than ever, Stacked divisions from Lightweight, Featherweight and Bantamweight. Bright future ahead of them, Congratulations to Dana White and the UFC.
Bellator since Scott Coker (Former Strike Force promoter) took over in 2014. Bellator gradually improved. Bellator moving from Paramount- CBS Sports and now Showtime. Congratulations to Bellator for the broadcast deal move, Definitely will help Bellator move in the right direction.
Great second option to watch, The days of Chael Sonnen vs Tito Ortiz, Kimbo Slice are long gone. New Era of Bellator. Bellator will continue to grow with brand value, Millions of viewers worldwide. Rising MMA stars who can defeat UFC Top Fighters.
Patricio Pitbull, Vadim Nemkov, Douglas Lima, AJ McKee, Yaroslav Amosov, Juan Archuleta, Aaron Pico leading the charge for Bellator. World Class fighters, Some of the best fighters in the world… They just fight for Bellator.
Coker and Rich Chau(Bellator Matchmaker) continues to sign top prospects from Magomed Magomedov, Usman Nurmagomedov, Alexandr Shabily, Justin Gonzales, Jaylon Bates, Many Bohm and plenty of other prospects. Future stars and champions for Bellator.
Watch out for Bellator in these next five years.
Lead by Chatri Sityodtong, #1 MMA promotion in Asia. Running since 2011. Broadcast deal with TNT and Bleacher Report. Events in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, China, Japan, Philippines. Now looking to expand in North America.
100’s millions of dollars invested from Investment firms, Backing One Championship to make it grow into a multi-billion dollar business.
Lost millions of dollars in 2020 but 2021 will be a great year for One Championship. Selling out arenas.
One Championship since the start signed world class fighters from Bibiano Fernandes(Dream Bantamweight Champion) Shinya Aoki, Ben Askren, Brandon Vera, Aung La Nsang. Signed Eddie Alvarez, Traded for Demetrious Johnson, Signed Sage Northcutt, Vitor Belfort, John Lineker
Faces of One Championship currently are Christian Lee, Aung La Nsang, Angela Lee, Giorgio Petrosyan( Kickboxer), Bibiano Fernandes, Adriano Moraes, Thanh Le and Kiamrian Abbasov.
Talented divisions from Lightweight, Bantamweight. Bright future ahead of One Championship.
Professional Fighters League
Formerly known as World Series of Fighting, Professional Fighters League promoted by Ray Sefo, CEO Peter Murray and Chairman Don Davis. PFL has a broadcast deal with ESPN.
PFL started in 2018, PFL success won’t happen overnight. Take some time to becoming a Global promotion but love what PFL is doing. Mass potential for Professional Fighters League.
Current stars Lance Palmer, Natan Schulte, Kayla Harrison, Ray Cooper. Lance Palmer one of the best Featherweights in the world.
PFL in 2020 signed Rory MacDonald, Biggest free agent signing for them. Claressa Shields #1 Boxer in the world. 2021 signed Anthony Pettis, Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Carlos Junior, Gleison Tibau. Adding depth to the 2021 roster, Mixing with upcoming prospects.
Exciting year in 2021, Looking forward to the 2021 season. Building PFL brand for the next five years.
#1 European MMA promotion KSW is a European sensation. Selling out arenas in Poland. Martin Lewandowski KSW promoter is a doing a great JOB running KSW.
Broadcast deal with DAZN, Talented roster from Roberto Soldic, Salahdine Parnasse, Daniel Torres, Mamed Khalidov, Phil De Fries, Tomasz Narkun, Norman Parke.
Polish version of Pride, Mixed with world class fighters who one day will be future UFC fighters. Roberto Soldic is one of the best Welterweights in the world.
If your a European fighter and want to make a name for yourself signing a fight deal with KSW will be the best option.
Fighting in front a MMA hardcore audience, Building your brand in front of millions viewers. Winning a KSW title is a well accomplished title.
By far the most underrated MMA promotion right now but will continue to grow with TV Deals, Signing UFC/ Bellator free agents.
Rizin Fight Federation
Rizin formally was Pride, Nobuyuki Sakakibara former Pride president started Rizin in 2015. Never looked back as Rizin continues to grow. Be a while till it becomes what Pride was but there’s gradual growth.
Several events a year from 2015-2020. Scott Coker because of his love for MMA helped out Rizin doing them a favor, Cross Promotion with Rizin.
“He had the love of the sport, he wanted to take the sport to the next level and build his brand,” Sakakibara said through translator and Rizin executive Shingo Kashiwagi. “The UFC was already a big player in the U.S., and any business needs a healthy competition, so … it was necessary to help [Coker]. It was possible because of the mutual trust and respect that we had between us.” https://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/26951089/bellator-rizin-proving-cross-promotion-healthy-mma
Rizin sending over Kyoji Horiguchi to Bellator, Defeating Former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell twice! Jiří Procházka defeated Muhammad Lawal. Tofiq Musaev masterfully defeating Patricky Pitbull.
Showing the world Rizin has a talented roster defeating world class Bellator fighters. Rizin needs to continue signing prospects to compete with top promotions on a yearly basis.
Brave Combat Federation
Brave Combat Federation #1 Middle Eastern MMA promotion Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa(Sheikh of Bahrain). Rapidly growing since 2016. Events in Bahrain, India, UAE, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Russia. Taking advantage of the financial backing signing world class fighters and prospects from Ottman Azaitar, Stephen Loman, Jose “Shorty” Torres, Muhammad Mokaev, Bubba Jenkins, Ali Bagautinov and many more fighters.
Brave CF becoming a feeder league for UFC with Khamzat Chimaev, Ottman Azaitar, Amir Albazi signing with UFC. Stephen Loman Brave CF Bantamweight Champion signing with One Championship. Bubba Jenkins signing with PFL.
Brave CF matches up great bouts, Signing world class prospects from all over them world. Bahrain Royal Family loves MMA and will offer you a fair contract.
Expand there brand globally with events in new countries from Africa, Latin America, Italy, United States.
#1 Latin America MMA promotion, Attracting the Latin American audience. Trying to be the second popular sport behind soccer. TV/Broadcast deals with Univision, DAZN, ESPN(Latin America)
Combate Americas promoting events in Latin America, Mexico, Peru, Texas, Arizona. Focused on building the sport and brand in Latin America. Attracting millions of viewers.
Copa Combate 8 man tournament events with Andres Quintana winning the Featherweight tournament. Levy Saúl Marroquín winning the Bantamweight tournament.
Combate Americas stars are Andres Quintana, Rafa Garcia, Melissa Martinez, Alejandro Flores, Andre Barquero Morera.
Signing Tito Ortiz in a fight deal, Tito Ortiz vs Alberto Del Rio. Never thought that would happen.
Combate Americas will continue to grow in Latin America signing high level prospects who go on to become champions.
Absolute Championship Akhmat
M1 Global used to be the #1 Russian MMA promotion but now it’s Absolute Championship Akhmat!
ACB was founded by Mairbek Khasiev, he is one of the most respected citizens of Chechen Republic. Khasiev a sport activist and a decorated doctor with a lot of notable awards. Thanks to his efforts in 2009 the Berkut Fight Club was founded in Grozny help a lot young fighters get the opportunity to compete in the very highest level.
Mairbek Khasiev bought out promotions Tech-Krep FC, Merged with WFCA. Now ACA is one of the best promotions in the world.
ACA former fighters found success from Petr Yan, Zabit Magomedsharpiov, Askar Askarov, Anatoly Tokov, Yusup Saadulaev.
Many more talented fighters to sign with UFC, Bellator, One Championship and PFL.
Faces of ACA right now are Felipe Froes(ACA Featherweight Champion), Yusuf Raisov(Lightweight contender), Azamat Kerefov( ACA Flyweight Champion) Deivi Daniel Oliveira de Almeida (ACA Bantamweight Champion).
Former ACA Bantamweight Champion, Rustam Kerimov testing free agency. Next version of Petr Yan. Impressed by his talents. UFC or Bellator Bantamweight division is in for a rude awakening.
ACA will continue to grow in Europe, Signing savage Russians who go on to become UFC champions and title contenders.
ACA is one of my favorite MMA promotions to watch.
Overall there’s many MMA promotions besides the UFC where you can watch World Class fighters, Intense entertaining fights. Find a MMA promotion to build a career and earn a lot of money.
Next up is “Under the radar MMA promotions” from all over the world!!
MMA fans disrespect Non UFC Fighters because they don’t fight for UFC, Not beating world class fighters every time they fight. I understand why but there’s fighters in Major promotions from Bellator, One Championship, PFL, Rizin, KSW, Combate Americas, ACA, Brave CF who can defeat top ten UFC fighters right now!! Who are they? I made a wish list of fighters UFC needs to sign in 2021.
Patricio “Pitbull” Friere
Arguably the BEST Featherweight in the world, Bellator Featherweight Champion. Six Successful title defenses overall, Most wins in Bellator history with 19. Six Fight winning streak defeating world class fighters from current UFC Fighter and rival Michael Chandler, former Bellator champion Daniel Straus, KOTC former champion Juan Archuleta.
Patricio Pitbull is a world class fighter, Semi-Finalist right now against Emmanuel Sanchez in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix. Defeats Sanchez than faces a future STAR in AJ McKee. Pitbull if he defeats AJ McKee, Grand Prix champion.
Pitbull needs to sign with UFC and show the world he’s the best Featherweight in the world. Patricio Pitbull vs Max Holloway, Pitbull vs Ortega, Pitbull vs Zabit. Dream come true for Pitbull to sign with UFC.
Douglas Lima easily one of the BEST Welterweights in the world, Since his loss to Rory MacDonald radically improved and had a dominant performance against Rory MacDonald in the second match. Knocking out Michael “Venom” Page. Winning the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix and the million dollar prize.
Lima started with Bellator in 2011, Successful career with Bellator but NOW it’s time to sign with UFC, Winning the Bellator Welterweight title, Following same route as Michael Chandler.
33 years old in the prime of his career few more years of world class fighting left. No better place than the UFC.
Vadim Nemkov arguable as the #1 Light Heavyweight in the world. Winning and dominating his fight against Ryan Bader. Showing how talented Nemkov is by defeating Ryan Bader. Masterclass performance. Impressive winning streak of Phil Davis, Liam McGeary, Rafael Carvalho and Phillipe Lins. Defeating former world champions.
UFC Light Heavyweight Division is desperate for stars and without a doubt Vadim Nemkov would be the Light Heavyweight star. Protégé for Fedor Emelianenko. Nemkov vs Reyes, Nemkov vs Blachowicz, Nemkov vs Glover.
Bellator rising star. Since Khabib retired… Most impressive record, 25-0. One of my favorite fighters in the world. Appreciate Yarsolav Amosov fighting style, Combat Sambo mixed with volume striking. Caught my eye when he OUT-Grappled Ed Ruth. Figured Ed Ruth wins but NOPE I’m wrong!
Yaroslav Amosov right now is one of the best Welterweights in the world. 2021 Amosov vs Lima, Summer of 2021. Challenging for the Bellator Welterweight title.
Only 27 years old, Match him up against top ten Welterweights from Michael Chiesa, Geoff Neal, Belal Muhammad, Sean Brady.
Winning the Bellator Welterweight title puts Amosov on notice, Signing a long term fight deal with UFC.
Timofey Nastyukhin knocked out Eddie Alvarez, In Eddie Alvarez’s One Championship debut put him on notice world wide but hardcore MMA fans was well aware of Timofey. Upcoming Tiger Muay Thai prospect, Future One Championship Lightweight Champion. Toughest future opponent for Christian Lee(One Championship Lightweight Champion) at One TNT 2 on April 14.
Former four time Pankration world champion, Tough test for Christian Lee. Lead to a victory and winning the One Championship Lightweight title. Becoming one of the best Lightweights in the world.
Earning his way to signing with UFC and fighting in the UFC Lightweight Division, Toughest division in the MMA world.
Kiamrian Abbasov One Championship Welterweight Champion, Underrated Welterweight. Extremely talented fighter, Only 27 years old. 2021 will see Abbasov dominant the division. No match for his opponents. All-Around talent. Complete savage.
I’d love to see Kiamrian Abbasov fight for UFC in 2021. Top 15-20 matchups and becoming a rising star. Pressure fighting style.
Adding some depth to the Women’s Strawweight division. Angela Lee Atomweight Champion, Wins against Mei Yamaguchi. Lee family is a bunch of killers from her mother and father being Mix Martial Artist, Christian Lee being a One Championship Lightweight Champion.
Angela Lee signing with UFC, Becomes a future STAR. UFC promotes her like crazy, Future UFC Strawweight champion. Win/Win situation. Only 24 years old.
Face of Professional Fighters League, Lance Palmer PFL two-time Featherweight Champion. 11 fight winning streak. Time to prove the world he’s one of the best Featherweights in the world. One of the most underrated Featherweights on the planet.
Ohio State All-American Wrestler, Four-Times in a row All-American. Dominating his opponents with his wrestling and ground & pound. Stand no match.
Toughest fight of his life against Arizona State All-American wrestler, Former Brave CF Featherweight & Lightweight Champion… Bubba Jenkins.
Palmer defeats Jenkins no one else is defeating Palmer. Palmer wins the PFL Featherweight title and later on signs with UFC. Testing himself against the best of the best.
PFL Women’s Lightweight Champion, One of the best Women’s fighters on the planet. Ronda Rousey training partner. Amanda Nunes Destroying her opponents, One after one. Time for a challenge and Kayla Harrison gives that challenge. Harrison wins the PFL Women’s Lightweight title than before 2021 ends, Breaking NEWS Kayla Harrison signs with UFC.
Test fight against Megan Anderson or Felicia Spencer than face Amanda Nunes.
ACA Bantamweight Champion, Combat Sambo world champion. 14-0 record, Defeating world class ACA fighters and making them look like they were nothing. Defeating former UFC fighter Takeya Mizugaki, Defeating Abdul Rakhman Dudaev for the ACB Bantamweight title. In a masterful performance.
Rustam Kerimov relinquished his ACB Bantamweight title because he wants to test free agency. UFC please sign this dude. He’s a WORLD CLASS fighter, All-Around pressure style. Kerimov definitely can face the top 25 Bantamweights right now!!
Yusuf Raisov mentioned on the Weighing In Podcast, John McCarthy called Yusuf Raisov the MOST UNDERRATED fighter. 17-2 record, 25 years old. Future ACA Lightweight Champion. Technical, High level boxer mixed with grappling. WORLD CLASS Lightweight fighting for the best Russian Promotion.
Relentless pressure, Boxing style. UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard 100% know who Yusuf Raisov is. Sign before Bellator or One Championship does. Star written all over him. Born and raised in Grozny, Russia.
Next generation of Russian World Champions.
Igeu Kabesa #1 African prospect, EFC Worldwide Featherweight Champion. 13x South Africa Wrestling Champion. Win against SBG Ireland fighter Peter Queally, Danny Henry current UFC fighter.
There been rumors of Kabesa signing with UFC. NOW 2021 Igeu Kabesa signs with UFC. Future UFC Featherweight Champion because of his athleticism, Wrestling pedigree.
Roberto Soldic KSW Welterweight Champion, Next version of Mirko Cro Cop. Born and raised in Croatia. Easily one of the best European Welterweight prospects. Accomplished Welterweight fighter, Final Fight Championship Welterweight Champion, Superior FC Welterweight Champion. 4-0 Boxing Record.
“I said Cro Cop right away because it was that kick. It was just that, a patient fighter who gets his opponents to that point. Right after the match he jumped on the cage, he looked at me and started yelling that he will be the champ and I believe him. I can’t wait to see his progress, he’s incredibly exciting” said Hardy.
Trains at UFD Dussledorf with Hector Lombard. Antun Racic KSW Bantamweight Champion, David Zawada, Gleison Tibau and many European high level prospects.
Soldic future UFC Champion if he signs with UFC. No doubt about it. Winning a KSW title is high prestige. KSW is the best European MMA promotion. Now he can fight for the premier MMA organization.
Brazil always WILL be a hot bed for MMA talent since the beginning. Next wave of Brazilian prospects coming to UFC, Bellator and One Championship. Gian Siqueira is next wave of Brazilian prospects to take over.
Most MMA fans never heard of Gian Siqueira but good for you. Siqueira Serbian Battle Championship Welterweight Champion at 26 years old. Winning the SBC Welterweight title big deal as SBC is one of the best European Promotions. Fighting heading to major promotions because of it.
“I see this fight as my passport to the UFC. The belt is vacant because the former champion of the category signed with the UFC. It is certainly the most important fight of my career and I know the chances of closing with an event like Ultimate if I win the title. So I will not let anyone end this dream. The expectation is very high, I am very well prepared and I have no doubts about the victory ”, said Gian.
#7th ranked Welterweight in Brazil. High level All-Around fighter. Enjoy watching his Clinch game in the center of ring and pressing forward against the cage. 26 years old but fights like a veteran. Composed inside the ring.
One of his best attributes is Gian’s quickness and cardio. Going the distance few times in his career. Split decision loss to a Russian savage Alexander Butenko 47-14-3 record.
Last fight for Gian was in 2019, Cancelled fights in M1-Challenge and Serbian Battle Championship. Hope and pray that Gian Siqueria fights for a European Promotion, Getting a few wins under his belt.
Getting comfortable fighting inside the ring against some European Welterweights. Regional Promotions are starting up now, Someone can give Gian an opportunity to fight. Winning another European Welterweight title somewhere or defending his SBC Welterweight title.
Standout win back in 2015 defeating Wellington Turman by decision at XFC International 12.
Love to see Gian Siqueira fight for Bellator. Fighting in the stacked Welterweight Division Next version of Douglas Lima. Bellator would be the perfect fight for him, Signs with UFC will just be another fighter.
Bellator would market and promote Gian Siqueira right way, Matching right fights. Mauro Ranallo commentating, Describing him as a former SBC Welterweight Champion and a top Brazilian prospect.
So many exciting fights for him with Bellator from Jason Jackson, Shamil Nikaev, Neiman Gracie, Lorenz Larkin, Yaroslav Amosov.
If I was Gian Siqueria manager I’d sign with Bellator in 2021 and have a long term successful career there.
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.”
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.”
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.
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 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 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 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.
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
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Bellator”s old ways of signing old fighters like Tito Ortiz, Shamrock. The dumb fights are over. Now signing world class fighters, Prospects from all over especially the Caucasus. Newly signed Bellator fighter is from Takijistan, Khurshed Kakhorov.
Khurshed trains out of SBG Ireland, Next generation of fighters to come out of SBG Ireland.
Tajikistan assassin personified, Skillful striker. More of a stand up style compared to Khabib’s pressure grappling style.
Four of his wins were fighting for the top German promotion, GMC. Won the European Fight Masters Bantamweight title.
Raw talent who only get better as time goes on, Test his abilities against Bellator prospects or Bantamweights with the exact experience as Khurshed.
Watching his GMC fights you can see with more time in the GYM he can be one of the best Bellator Bantamweight strikers.
GMC 18 win against Stipe Brcic was his best performance. Solid takedown performance as he’s good with sprawls. Solid-All Around performance.
Looking forward to watching Khurshed Kakhorov in Bellator. Once everything gets going for him, Prime of his career he’ll be one of the best Bellator Bantamweights. Proof is in the pudding just a matter of time.
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.
Soren Bak, Former Cage Warriors Featherweight and Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion decided to sign with Bellator instead of UFC.
“Yeah, there is some truth to that,” Bak told MMA Junkie. “But the real truth is we were looking for the best deal we could find anywhere. Not just financially or looking at long at the term, but all the way around. Bellator had the best deal on the table – the best opportunity.”
Good for him to sign with Bellator as Bellator will do a better job with one of the best European prospects. Winning a Cage Warriors title is the greatest accomplishment for a MMA prospect.
Former Cage Warriors champion is 1-0 with Bellator. Defeating Terry Brazier in his Bellator debut in 2019. No fights since 2020 because of Covid-19 but hopefully with 2021 we see Soren Bak pursuing the Bellator Lightweight Title in 2021.
“As of right now, I’m aiming to climb the ladder and rankings as quickly as possible,” explained Bak. “I work with long-term goals and that’s fitting since my contract is for multiple fights. When I’ve solidified my place in the Bellator division, I see no reason not to go for yet another belt!”
Fighting opponents like Peter Queally, Adam Piccolotti, Kane Mousah, Charlie Leary. Basically Bellator veterans in his second fight, First fight in 2021.
Showcasing his all around skills with an impressive finish or a dominant three round win.
Second fight in 2021 can be former Ultimate Fighter contestant, UFC Fighter Myles Jury, Nate Andrews, Sidney Outlaw in the Bellator Main Cards. Bellator really focusing on making the prelims, Main Card fights interesting & high level as possible. Soren Bak former Cage Warriors Double Champ fights… Sidney Outlaw former Ring of Combat Welterweight and Lightweight Champion.
Bak vs Outlaw be a high level prospect fight that hardcore MMA addicts will love to watch. Basically watching two potential Bellator Lightweight Champions fighting each other. Bak wins this fight that would earn the respect from Scott Coker and Rich Chau(Bellator matchmaker).
End the year fighting former Bellator Lightweight Champion Brent Primus in a #1 Contender Fight. Bak vs Primus Co-Main Event Fight.
Fans back home in Denmark will be all staying tuned to watch Bak face the former Bellator Lightweight Champion. Defeating Primus can have Bak face Patricio “Pitbull” Friere in 2022.
One year Bak can rise to the top of the Bellator Lightweight Division.
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?”
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!”
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.
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.
“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.
Jason Jackson STANDOUT performance fighting former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson defeating him at Bellator 253 in all together dominant performance. Benson had his moments but Jason Jackson looked a lot better.
Great spot for Jason Jackson to keep building his brand, Gaining more fans as they look forward to his next fight.
Jackson deserves top Bellator Welterweight fighters like Lorenz Larkin, Andrey Koreskov, Derek Anderson and Yaroslav Amosov. No reason to fight rising Weltereights anymore with a win against Benson Henderson.
“So taking out legend like Benson Henderson it just shows me that I can takeout the Bellator champ anyone either 155.” Jason Jackson
Not the biggest fan of calling out fighters, Prefers waiting for the next opponent.
“It doesn’t matter to me I just want to go out there and just put on a good show it doesn’t matter who when I just want to put on a good show you know I’m not out here picking and choosing because you have a lot of guys that’s ahead in the division that putting in work as well. ” Jason Jackson
Jason Jackson can fight the best of the best Bellator Welterweights since he trains with Gilbert Burns and used to train with Kamaru Usman, Vicente Luque on a daily basis.
Jason Jackson vs Andrey Koreshkov, Jackson vs Amosov, Jackson vs Larkin are all interesting fights for him.
Jackson vs Yaroslav Amosov especially. Two high high level Bellator Welterweights, I’ll be looking forward to seeing if Jackson is the toughest fight up to that point for Yaroslav Amosov.
Overall the “Ass Kicking Machine” Jason Jackson DESERVES a top Bellator Welterweight that leads to a title shot!!
Jaleel Willis Top Ten United States Welterweight prospect that signed with Bellator is finally making his Bellator debut against 11-2 Mark Lemminger.
Jaleel Willis is entering Bellator 253 with a 4 fight winning streak. High with confidence, Seeking a big finish in his Bellator debut as one of the Bellator welterweight prospects to watch in the future.
Waiting for a second Bellator offer after the fight with Patricky Pitbull was cancelled. However Bellator came calling again, Now fighting FFC Welterweight Champion Mark Lemminger.
“Standing here Bellator with a multi-fight deal in a co-main event is kind of crazy. ” Jaleel Willis
“Fighting tough competition like you know that’s what I’m here for it’s like one of my goals is to be one of the best in the world like I’m not going to get there by you know so I’m trying to pick and choose my fights and stuff like that it’s like this 2020 being the toughest year for me. ”
2020 been a tough year facing talented fighters like Vinicus De Jesus who just fought Aaron Pico. Fighting Mark Lemminger will be nothing different. End 2020 on a high note defeating a former Welterweight Champion in a stand out way. Be only the beginning for Jaleel Willis.
WILL continue to rise through the Bellator Welterweight rankings, Providing for his family with his well deserved Bellator contract.
“PFL is allowing its fighters to seek fights outside the promotion since they are on hiatus until next year, sources say. UFC and Bellator aren’t options, though,” stated the report. “Manager Malki Kawa, for example, tells me he is seeking fights for clients Brendan Loughnane and Justin Willis.”
Since PFL isn’t allowing there fighters to fight for the UFC or Bellator, KSW is one of the next best promotion options.
Malki Kawa definitely should negotiate with Martin Lewandowski(KSW Promoter) to set up a fight between Brendan Loughane vs Salahdine Parnasse (KSW Featherweight Champion) one of the best Featherweights not in the UFC or Bellator.
Loughane 2-0 with PFL after two impressive performances. Winner on the Dana White Contender Series, 19-3 record with a pressure style fighting KSW Featherweight Champion Salahdine Parnasse. 14-0 record at 22 years old who dominated European MMA Champion Ivan Buchinger.
Loughane vs Parnasse KSW 58 Headliner for the KSW Featherweight Title would be a FUN dream fight to watch for hardcore MMA fans.
Jornel Lugo if he signs with Bellator will have a long promising career. First fight I watched of him and I was impressed how he mixed up his wrestling and striking.
“I hope that after this fight I’ll be getting a contract,” Lugo said. “I defiantly want to win this fight and get back in. I think February would be a good time for me. In five years I defiantly want to be fighting for a world championship. I’m not sure where I want to go but I just know I do want to prosper in my sport. Wherever that takes me I’m going to keep winning.”
Jornel Lugo signs a fight deal with Bellator looking forward to him fighting Bellator Bantamweights such as Keith Lee, Eduardo Dantas, James Gallagher. Fighters he talked about going against in the future but only has 5 Professional Fights
3-5 fights to go before facing Eduardo Dantas but a fight against Keith Lee actually makes sense.
“I definitely want to keep growing I’m only 5-0 I have a lot I still have to work on but I definitely have my eyes on all of these guys. ” Jornel Lugo
Keith Lee vs Jornel Lugo definitely a fun Bellator Bantamweight Prospect to watch in the winter of 2021. See if Lugo has what it takes facing a talented prospect like Keith Lee whose Kevin Lee’s brother but making a name for himself in Bellator. Keith Lee currently has a record of 7-3.
However if Lugo doesn’t get a chance to fight Keith Lee, I’d be interested to see who Lugo faces next and in 2021. Only will improve in every fight, We can see Jornel Lugo fighting a title or being a title contender in the next 3-5 years!!
Aaron Pico MMA prodigy who trained with TJ Dillashaw, Juan Archuleta, Cub Swanson, Boxing advice from Freddie Roach. Talked about being a bust but decided to make a gym change.
Switching camps to Jackson Wink and now were seeing success for Aaron Pico. Back to back wins for Aaron Pico and now looking to end 2020 with a BANG against John De Jesus.
“One thing’s for sure, he’s very confident. Very good striker. I’ve seen him around here in the hotel lobby, he’s not lacking confidence. I know he’s going to come with everything he’s got, and it’s going to be a good test for me. But I feel I’m well-prepared.”
“It’s a good feeling every time you win and you get your whole paycheck – it’s a good night. I just have to be consistent, and for me, I know what it feels like to lose in the game. I don’t take winning for granted and my team and I work our ass off so we’re prepared for Thursday.”
John De Jesus 13-8 record impressive win against Vladyslav Parubchenko in his Bellator debut looking to steal the show and shock the world. However Aaron Pico has all the talent in the world to become a future Bellator Featherweight Champion, That’s why we were all disappointed to him lose.
“That self-belief, that work ethic, that drive, that hunger. And that’s what’s gonna really continue to carry Aaron,” Gibson said.
The drive to be the best will help Pico take him to the top of the MMA world, Being a Bellator Featherweight Champion and a superstar. Will see it tonight as he fights John De Jesus. Showing his all around skills.
“John De Jesus Won’t Be able to breathe after the first round.” Aaron Pico
Looking forward to seeing a finish, One sided butt wooping for Aaron Pico, Ends 2020 with a bang. Starting 2021 with confidence riding high on a three fight winning streak.
Dana White Contender Series Week 9 had some talented fighters such as Nikolas Motta CFFC Lightweight Champion who had a slug fest win against former CFFC Lightweight Champion Joseph Lowry.
Motta looked impressive in the short notice fight but still needs work, Gotta be more defensive because against high level strikers he’ll get knocked out. Leaving himself a little open for the easy shots.
On the other hand Nikolas Motta is a KILLER from Brazil. He’s a potential title contender and since Dana White didn’t offer the UFC contract, Scott Coker can offer the Bellator contract.
Be a big mistake if Bellator doesn’t sign Motta. Motta is only going to progress from here as he’s entering the prime of his career at 27 years old. No better than to sign Motta as he can face the world class Bellator Featherweights. Showing what he’s truly made of.
Imagine what Nikolas Motta can do to Bellator Lightweights with a full training camp, Being that killer that he says he is.
Motta has wins over Lowry, Juan Gonzalez, Cesar Balmaceda, Joe Solecki. I’d love to see him fight Brent Primus, Adam Piccolotti, Jaleel Willis in his beginning Bellator fights if he signs with Bellator.
Mads Burnell former UFC fighter released signed with Cage Warriors, Eventually becoming Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion after three wins with Cage Warriors.
Since he became Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion was one of the hottest Featherweight prospects in the world. Think UFC would give Burnell another chance but Bellator would sign Mads Burnell instead.
“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.”
Talent has never been better in MMA. High caliber athletes transferring into MMA. MMA has come a long way in a short amount of time. All over the world there’s future UFC & Bellator Champions such as…
Andres Quintana #1 Featherweight prospect in the United States was the former Combate Americas Featherweight Champion. Currently 29 years old, In the prime of his career with a 18-3 record. Accomplished everything on the regional scene. Time to get signed by the UFC or Bellator!!
Anthony Romero Lightweight Prospect fought on the Dana White Contender Series but didn’t get the contract. Even though he didn’t get the offer, Romero is one of the best Lightweight prospects in the world. Since UFC isn’t signing him time to sign with Bellator.
Romero is only 23 years old as well. He’ll have a long promising UFC or Bellator career!!
Requested his release from his former promotion Combate Americas as he accomplished everything for them and wants to challenge himself with the best of the best!! 12-0 record at 25 years old . #1 Lightweight prospect in Latin America!! Hope he signs with the UFC!!
Melissa Martínez Combate Americas Flyweight Strawweight Champion. One of the best strawweight prospects in the world. No doubt doesn’t she get signed by the UFC. Her time is coming as she’s highly ranked on tapology. Com!!
A fighter I wrote about several times because of his success in one of the best MMA promotions, KSW. Soldic is 25 years old with a 17-3 record. Easily one of the best Welterweights not in the UFC. I hope the UFC, Bellator or One Championship signs him. Fighting the best of the best fighters!!
French MMA prodigy, Salahdine Parnasse is one of my favorite prospects to watch. The kid is only 22 years old and masterfully defeated one of the most successful European fighters in Ivan Buchinger. KSW Featherweight Champion has a 14-0 record. Looking forward to his next couple fights with KSW against tough fighters from Europe or MMA veterans!!
Khusein Askhabov impressive record of 20-0 as one of the best Bantamweights in the world. Fights for #1 MMA promotion WFFC in Ukraine. Wins over successful Brazilian fighters, European fighters. Basically dominating them as he’s an all around fighter. Trains at Tiger Muay Thai and American Top Team. Why Askhabov isn’t fighting for the UFC or Bellator is beyond me.
Joanderson Brito #1 Brazilian MMA prospect in the Lightweight division is one of the best Lightweight prospects in the world. Traveled to Val, Colorado to fight José Mariscal at LFA 65 with a high reel knock out. Will see Brito the 25 year old sign with the UFC. Next generation of Brazilians.
Mochamed Machaev is a very underrated MMA prospect who fights for Brave CF which is now becoming a MMA hotbed of talent. Machaev is only 20 years old with a winover Shoaib Yousaf.
Igeu Kabesa #1 Africa Prospect is the Extreme Fighting Championship Featherweight Champion. Multiple time wrestling champion. Successful wins over Karlo Caput, Peter Queally, Danny Henry. One day will see him have successful wins over UFC or Bellator fighters as well. 26 years old, Time is now to fight against the best Featherweights in the world!!
These fighters I listed aren’t ranked in no specific order there just my favorite mma prospects all over the world. Hope they fight for UFC, Bellator or even One Championship!!
Bellator stole Alex Polizzi out of the UFC’s hands and looked impressive over former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael Carvalho in his Bellator debut.
Rare for a newly signed Bellator prospect to get matched up against a top Bellator fighter. However the former LFA Light Heavyweight Champion took advantage of the opportunity and defeated Rafael Carvalho.
“Excellent opponent, and I know we’re getting to higher elite levels,” Polizzi later added. While he said he wasn’t exactly disappointed, he knows he can do even better. “Come Monday, we’re back at it in the gym, we’re looking back at this Carvalho fight saying ‘hey, we goofed up here, hey, we should have done better here,’ and we’re just looking at building on where we’re already at.”
“I’m happy that Bellator gave me a shot to be in a match like this,” Polizzi said. “Not everybody gets the chance to use the skills they’ve developed. My skills just happen to be hurting people, and I’m glad to be able to use them.”
Younger brother of Kevin Lee, Keith Lee is making a name for himself in his own right with Bellator. Impressive back to back wins with Bellator by defeating American Kickboxing Academy veteran Shawn Bunch, Vinicius Zahi on the prelims of Bellator 245.
Keith Lee is a rising Bellator Bantamweight prospect in the stacked Bellator Bantamweight division, Looking forward to his future in 2020 and beyond with Bellator.
“I want a game opponent,” Lee told MMA Junkie at a post-fight news conference. “I want somebody that’s going to come in here and let me put on a show. I want somebody that other people think is a killer so I can come in here and do my thing.”
Yaroslav Amosov Bellator Welterweight contender with a overall record of 23-0( 5 wins with Bellator). The fighters he defeated in Bellator are Gerald Harris, Erick Silva, David Rickels and most impressively Ed Ruth.
Amosov is now looking to defeat Mark Lemminger in a catchweight fight at 175 pounds. Lemminger is 1-0 with Bellator, Top Ten United States Welterweight prospect and was former Final Fight Welterweight Champion.
“I looked at some of his fights. He’s a worthy opponent. I looked into his style and his background,” said Amosov. “I believe that he’s an opponent that I will have success with but at the same time, I’m taking him very seriously. Just like every other opponent I’ve had, I’m making sure that I’m ready.”
Valentin Moldavsky 9-1 Bellator Heavyweight, 4 wins with Bellator is fighting “Big Country” Roy Nelson the man with one of the craziest chins of all time at Bellator 244. Looking forward to watching Moldavsky face a former UFC Heavyweight.
Test fight for Moldavsky as the 28 year old is one of the Bellator Heavyweight prospects who can become Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
“I don’t know if this win will get me closer to a title, or get me to a title,” Moldavsky said at the Bellator 244 media day this week. “For now, I’m just focusing on winning this fight.”
Jason Jackson coming off a significant dominant 30-27 win against Jordan Mein. Best win of his Bellator career, Riding high on a two fight winning streak. Back to back wins against tough veteran fighters. Looking forward to the next fight for the Bellator Welterweight prospect.
“I learned so much from the Ed Ruth fight,” said Jackson, who lost a decision to the Bellator standout in his promotional debut in October 2019. “Even though I felt like I won the fight, that’s a lesson that came to me.”
Jason Jackson since he’s becoming the veteran killer lately can fight another UFC veteran Erick Silva. Silva fought the whose who of fighters and Jason Jackson defeating another veteran will help his Bellator career moving forward.
Larkin one of the best Welterweights in the world leaving the UFC to sign with Bellator is on a 4 fight winning streak. Interesting fight between two all around welterweights. Fight that can build Jason Jackson’s name see where he’s at against the best of the best.
Ed Ruth Rematch
Jason Jackson vs Ed Ruth happened already at Bellator 231. Jason Jackson lost by split decision but some believe including Jason himself thinks he won that close three round fight. Since the win was controversial. Schedule this fight again at the fightsphere between Bellator welterweight prospects.
Ty-Wan Claxton Bellator 242 Fighter to Watch, Division 2 All- American wrestler and Division One wrestler at the University of Ohio is fighting Bellator Featherweight prospect Jay Jay Wilson.
Jay Jay Wilson 5-0 record as Ty-Wan has 6-1 record. Prospect fight I’m looking forward to but Claxton will win this fight, Impress Scott Coker and the Bellator matchmakers to match him against top Bellator featherweights.
“I’m going to stop him,” he stated. “If he makes it to the second round, he’ll be done in the second. I’ll finish him in the second, maybe ground and pound most likely because I have a feeling he’s going to be trying to pull guard a lot. He says he wants to stand and bang, but I don’t think he wants to stand and bang, but I do.”
Claxton confident in skills as he trains at some of the best fighters in the world at Elevation Fight Team. Training at Elevation Fight Team and his athletic talents even complimented by Kenny Florian.
“I spent the time throughout COVID seeing where I was going to lay my roots and I decided to do that Denver,” Claxton said during the Bellator 242 media day on Wednesday. After being stuck with fellow fighter A.J. Matthews in lockdown, “I grew a lot during the quarantine,” he added. “I think that it was kind of a blessing in disguise for me to be able to slow down, not be fighting as much, and grow as a fighter. It was all positive things.”
Watch a new improved Ty-Wan Claxton Friday night, Show the new tools in the tool shed that he’s worked on since Covid-19. Show the Bellator viewes that he isn’t just a wrestler but a all around Featherweight.
Ricky Bandejas Bellator Bantamweight has the biggest fight of his life against Sergio Pettis. Headlining Bellator 242 tonight. Sergio Pettis is a world class fighter went to a decision against Henry Cejudo, Defeated Joseph Benavidez.
Pettis favorite against Ricky Bandejas but I believe Bandejas surprises the odd makers with a knockout against Sergio Pettis. Bandejas is confident in himself as well.
“I’m excited,” Bandejas said. “He’s been in there with the best and mixed up with the best guys at bantamweight and at 125, so I get to test myself against him. It’s going to be exciting.”
Looking to continue to his two fight winning streak as he transferred gyms over to American Top Team. Finally seeing the success come along, The hard work training at powerhouse gym American Top Team.
“The biggest misconception is I don’t want people thinking I left because I lost twice in a row. This is something I was always thinking about and I think this is going to help. I just needed some change, you know, I was stuck in a rut and that’s it. I’ve come here (to ATT) and I can start fresh. Let’s hope I can rattle off a kill streak.”
Since there’s so many talented MMA Fighters all over the world from different MMA Promotions!! More matchups to look at.
Ray Cooper vs Albert Tumenov
Ray Cooper the Third is the PFL Welterweight Champion. Wins over Jake Shields twice, Charles “Crazy” Bennett. Three Time State Wrestler in Hawaii. 20-7 record is a solid fighter.
Albert Tumenov former UFC Welterweight signed with ACB. Becoming the ACB Welterweight Champion. Tumenov has wins over Lorenz Larkin and Alan Jouban.
Emiliano Sordi vs Vadim Nemkov
Emiliano Sordi PFL Light Heavyweight Champion is making a career for himself at Professional Fighters league.
Vadim Nemkov Future Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion is a training partner for Fedor Emelianenko. Impressive winning streak over Phil Davis, Liam McGeary. Nemkov is 27 years old.
Phil De Fries vs Brandon Vera
Phil De Fries KSW Heavyweight Champion. UFC veteran. 18-6 record. I highly doubt he will ever sign with the UFC but it’s cool he built a career with KSW.
Brandon Vera former UFC Light Heavyweight moves to One Championship. Since signing with One Championship became the Heavyweight Champion. Defeated Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion Mauro Cerilli.
KiamrianAbbasov vs Jarrah Al-Selawe
Kiamrian Abbasov is the One Championship Welterweight Champion. Defeated Yushin Okami, Zebaztian Kadestam former One Championship Welterweight Champion. He’s one of the best Welterweights in the world.
Jarrah Al- Selawe is the Brave CF Welterweight Champion. Successful career in Brave CF. Love to see him build his profile.
Stephen Loman vs Kai Asakura
Stephen Loman Brave CF Bantamweight Champion. Main attraction for Brave CF. Loman has wins over Gary Mangat, Frans Mlambo. UFC should definitely sign him.
Kai Asakura the Rizin Bantamweight Champion. One of the best Bantamweights not fighting for the UFC. Wins over Ulka Susaki, Kyoji Horiguchi, Manel Kape.
Tofiq Musaev vs Mansour Barnaoui
Tofiq Musaev Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix Champion by defeating Patricio Pitbull. UFC has there eyes on him. Incredible 2019/2020 run with Rizin.
Mansour Barnaoui 19-4 record Road FC Lightweight Champion. Successful career for Road FC. Losses to Ivan Buchinger, Mateusz Gamrot.
Hardcore fans like myself have these dream fights with champions from UFC, Bellator, One Championship, PFL, KSW, Brave CF, Combate Americas, ACB, EFC, M1- Global.
Time to create these dream fights in 2020!!
Kamaru Usman vs Douglas Lima
Douglas Lima arguably the #1 Welterweight in the world. Lima defeated Rory MacDonald for the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix and the Bellator Welterweight Title.
Douglas Lima has wins over Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin(Former UFC Welterweight, Paul Daley(Former Kickboxing Champion, Strikeforce, UFC Fighter)and Andrey Koreshkov.(Top Bellator Welterweight)
Usman vs Lima would be one of the best Welterweight Fights.
Gegard Mousasi vs Israel Adesanya
Gegard Mousasi Bellator Middleweight Champion is one of the best Middleweights in the world, Mousasi is a pioneer from Dream, Strikeforce, Pride.
Mousasi without a doubt in my mind will be a tough test for the next star in the UFC Israel Adesanya.
Michael Chandler vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
Michael Chandler former Bellator Lightweight Champion has wins over Eddie Alvarez in a memorable fight, Rivalry with Patricio Pitbull, Benson Henderson.
Michael Chandler is one of the best Lightweights in the world and he’s been desiring that fight with Khabib. Believes he can defeat him.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Petr Yan or Jose Aldo
Kyoji Horiguchi since signing with Rizin radically changed his career from winning the Rizin Bantamweight Title, Defeating Darrion Caldwell for the Bellator Bantamweight Title.
Horiguchi is one of the best Bantamweights in the world!!
Kyoji Horiguchi vs BibianoFernandes
Bibiano Fernandes is one of the greatest Bantamweights of All Time. 40 years old. Fights for One Championship and is their Bantamweight Champion. Seven title defenses in a row.
Bibiano Fernandes was the former Dream Featherweight and Bantamweight Champion. He trains with one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time in Demetrious Johnson.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs Bibiano Fernandes would be a great fight. Debate whose the best Bantamweight Champion in the best Asia Promotions.
Tofiq Musaev vs Nathan Schulte
Tofiq Musaev won the Rizin Lightweight Grand Prix. Defeated Patricio Pitbull in the final. Shocked the world with that win. During his win streak defeated Johnny Case, Daron Cruikshank. He has vicious leg kicks.
Nathan Schulte is the 2 time PFL Lightweight Champion. Wins over Rashid Magomedov, Chris Wade. Schulte easily one of the best Lightweights not in the UFC but one day will see him fight for the UFC.
Schulte vs Musaev would be one interesting fight for the hardcore fans.
Lance Palmer vs AlexanderVolkanovski
Lance Palmer two time PFL Featherweight Champion, WSOF Featherweight Champion. Former Ohio State 4 time All-American. Palmer dominates his opponents and it would be interesting to see him fight Alexander Volkanovski.
Alexander Volkanovski building his legacy facing Lance Palmer one of the best featherweights on the planet.
AJ McKee vs SalahdineParnasse
AJ McKee is the favorite to win the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix because he’s a world class fighter. AJ McKee 16-0 record with wins over Bellator Vets Derek Campos, Pat Curran.
AJ McKee is the future for Bellator.
Salahdine Parnasse is the future for France MMA. Parnasse is the KSW Interim Featherweight Champion at 22 years old, Impressively defeating former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Ivan Buchinger. The win over Buchinger was a masterful performance!!
Aj McKee vs Salahdine Parnasse would be a fight I’d be watching for sure. Bellator vs KSW on DAZN.
Roberto Soldic vs Andres Koreshkov
Roberto Soldic easily one of the BEST Welterweights not fighting for the UFC. I hope on everything he gets signed by the UFC. Soldic is the KSW Welterweight Champion.
Andrey Koreshkov is a top Bellator Welterweight.
Soldic vs Koreshkov is a hardcore fan Welterweight fight. Place Soldic on the global map with a win over Andrey Koreshkov!!
Rory MacDonald vs Roberto Soldic
Rory MacDonald sign a long term fight deal with the Professional Fighters League, Remains one of the best welterweights in the world.
Roberto Soldic is one of the best Welterweights in the world, Needs opponents that will place Soldic on the map.
Tomasz Narkun vs Simon Biyong
Tomasz Narkun is the KSW Light Heavyweight Champion. Definitely will get signed by the UFC one day. Narkun has two significant wins over European legend Mamed Khalidov and former UFC fighter Rameau Sokoudjou.
Simon Biyong was the former EFC Light Heavyweight Champion, 1-0 with Rizin after defeating Vitaly Shemetov. Biyong is one of the best Light Heavyweight Prospects in the world. Future Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion and future UFC fighter from Africa.
Narkun vs Biyong is a sick fight for two Light Heavyweight prospects.
Igeu Kabesa vs Andres Quintana
Igeu Kabesa is the EFC Featherweight Champion, EFC is the #1 MMA Promotion in Africa. Kabesa is 26 years old, 12-1 has wins over Karlo Caput and SBG Ireland Prospect Peter Queally. Decorated wrestler from Africa.
Andres Quintana is the #1 Featherweight Prospect from the United States. Quintana was the former Combate Americas Featherweight Champion. He’s 28 years old, All-Around fighter whose bound to sign with the UFC one day.
Rafa Garcia vs Mateusz Gamrot
Rafa Garcia is 12-0 at 25 years old. Reminds me of Eddie Alvarez. Rafa Garcia is the Combate Americas Lightweight Champion, One of the best Lightweights not fighting for the UFC.
Mateusz Gamrot is 15-0 at 29 years old. Literally in the prime of his career. Gamrot is the KSW Featherweight Champion. #1 European Featherweight to not fight for the UFC. Gamrot has wins over former UFC fighter Norman Parke, Road FC Lightweight Champion Mansour Barnaoui and Marif Piraev.
What a fight this would be Rafa Garcia vs Mateusz Gamrot.