Professional Fighters League returns tonight on ESPN 2, Looking forward to the PFL return. Anthony Pettis PFL debut against former UFC fighter and Top Rank boxer Clay Collard. Talented card top to bottom with prospects making there Professional Fighters League.
Mikhail Odintsov Belarus Top Prospect, Talented Lightweight prospect at `18-2 record. Winning the PFL Russian International Series to fight in the Professional Fighters League.
Odintsov is a prospect I’ve had my eyes on in 2020, Finally fighting for one of the best MMA promotions. Making his name on ESPN 2.
Sung Bin Jo
Sung Bin Jo South Korea’s next superstar with a 9-1 record, 28 years old. Cut in his first fight with UFC which makes no sense but time for Sung Bin Jo to take advantage of the new opportunity with Professional Fighters League. Definitively a underrated prospect.
Sung Bin Jo Kickboxing background lead to wins in the Professional Fighters League. Facing Tyler Diamond former Ultimate Fighter Season 27 contestant and Team Alpha Male prospect.
“I’m not setting huge goals right now because I’m focusing solely on the steps in front of me at the PFL and my first match against Tyler Diamond, though I’m aware the biggest threat at featherweight is Lance Palmer — the two-time winner of this tournament.
Favorite to win Ultimate Fighter Season 27, Hype behind him since he trained at Team Alpha Male. Prime of his career at 30 years old, Looking to make Professional Fighters League his home.
“I’m expecting to go in there and just be me,” Diamond told Cageside Press ahead of the bout. “Be mean and violent, look for the finish. Find every opportunity to grind this win out, do whatever the hell I gotta do to win,” Diamond continued. “I got to go in there and freaking just be me.”
Alex Martinez Paraguay rising prospect, 7-0 record at 26 years old. Two wins under Brave Combat Federation. Martinez one of the best Lightweight prospects in North America, Wins at Brave CF, Hoosier FC and Ikon Fighting Federation.
“We were going to take a random fight anywhere just to stay active, but at the same time we knew it was time to jump up to a bigger promotion just because we were at a higher level,” Martinez said in an interview with MMA Empire.
“The opponents they were putting in front of us, we weren’t destroying, but we were doing our thing. It’s time to go for the big dogs.”
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.
Mateusz Gamrot former KSW Featherweight and KSW Lightweight champion got his first win against Scott Holtzman at UFC on ABC 2 prelims. Rewarded a 50k bonus in addition to his fighter pay.
Gamrot a lot of hype with him, UFC eyes him as a future star. Talented world class badass Polish Lightweight.
Showing his promise at 30 years old defeating a tough fighter in Scott Holtzman. Training very hard at American Top Team with Jorge Masvidal, Dustin Poirier, Edson Barboza. Learning from some of the best fighters in the world.
Gamrot defeated the likes of Norman Parke, Kleber Koike Erbst, Mansour Barnaoui Current Road FC Lightweight Champion and now Scott Holtzman. Time to fight some Lightweights in his upcoming fight in the summer hopefully.
Gamrot vs Bobby Green
Mateusz Gamrot vs Bobby Green Summer of 2021 sign me up!! Bobby Green UFC veteran, One of the fighters of the year for 2020. Taking advantage of Fight Island to make a sweet living. Bobby Green last fight was against Thiago Moises back in October but because of weight cut fight against Jim Miller was cancelled.
Hopefully everything is fine with Green because a fight against the rising Lightweight prospect Mateusz Gamrot would be one of those fights to stay tuned, Put your phone down and watch three rounds of technical offensive fighting.
Gamrot vs Alexander Hernandez
Alexander Hernandez once was a upcoming fighter, Now a win/loss fighter. Latest lost was against Thiao Moises in February 2021. Time to return to the Octagon soon and fighting Gamrot would be no easy task but be a fun fight to watch on the prelims.
Absolute Championship Akhmat leading MMA promotion having another event ACA 121, Stacking CARD with world class fighters that will sign with UFC, Bellator, PFL or One Championship in the next few years.
Nikola Dipchikov 20-7 record at 36 years old vs Magomedrasul Gasanov 15-2 record at 27 years old for the ACA Interim Middleweight Title.
Gasanov upcoming Russian Middleweight prospect defeated Respected Russian Middleweight Artem Frolov, Former M1-Challenge Middleweight Champion. Life changing moment for the 27 year old to win the ACA Middleweight Title.
Amirkhan Adaev one of my favorite Russian prospects for 2021, World CLASS fighter has the fight of his life at ACA 121 facing Hacran Dias. Hacran Dias former UFC fighter, Making his second appearance with ACA.
Adaev taekwondo fighting style, Not the biggest puncher more of a technical accurate striker with talented grappling that executes the wins. Six fight winning enter the fight with Hacran Dias. Defeating talented fighter from the 33-12 Vener Galiev, Former PFL fighter Brian Foster and Efrain Escuedero former UFC fighter.
Win against Dias will only boost Adaev’s name as UFC or Bellator will be calling his manager to sign him. Leading to ACA Lightweight Title Shot in 2021. Adaev will have a promising future I guarantee it!!
Alikhan Suleymanov vs Kurban Taygibov
Alikhan Suleymanov 12-3 Russian Featherweight trains out Russian Powerhouse Gym Berkut FC. Talented Featherweight prospect with nasty striking impressed by the way he carved up Ermek Tlauov with leg kicks and punches. Tough grappler as well but all Russians are basically. One of the best 100 Featherweights in the world.
Alikhan’s opponent is Eagles MMA prospect… YES where Khabib, Zabit and Islam, Nurmagomedov’s train for fun. Lost his last fight because of arm injury but this dude is a talented SAMBO fighter, Standout win against Former ACA Featherweight Champion Felipe Froes. Reminds me of Eddie Alvarez and Frankie Edgar he just has that DAWG in him that will see against Alkihan.
Definitely a Featherweight fight to watch.
Belarus Lightweight Prospect at 24 years old 6-0 record, Combat Sambo Belarus National Team fighter. Combat Sambo Champion is a underrated Eastern Europe prospect but fighting for ACA, Defeating tough Russian savages and climbing up the rankings will help him get there.
Watched his fight at Fight Nights Global, Solid All-Around fighter from the Muay Thai clinch game, Hitting knees well, Defending takedowns. Going in and out of sprawls that were fun to watch. Looks like a seasoned fighter just needs more experience. He’s a killer and one of the Belarus prospects to watch.
Handful prospects to watch at ACA 121, Watching Future Champions looking to prosper for Absolute Championship Akhmat.
Vicente Luque rising UFC Welterweight since the loss to Wonderboy Thompson on a three fight winning streak after defeating Tyron Woodley. Dealing with some adversity beginning of the first round with punches and pressure against the cage.
Luque kept composed leading to combinations and a submission win. STANDOUT for Vicente Luque against one of the best Welterweights of all time.
“It was a super exciting to fight a guy that was a champion I used to watch a lot and be a fan of.” Vicente Luque
Luque vs Chiesa
Vicente Luque replaces Woodley #7th Welterweight ranking. #6th Welterweight is Michael Chiesa, Dark horse of the Welterweight division. Riding high since his return to Welterweight and becoming an analyst.
“I really want a high level opponent right now.” Vicente Luque
Defeating Carlos Condit, Diego Sanchez, Neil Magny and Rafael Dos Anjos. All world class fighter, Recognizable names in the UFC.
Luque vs Chiesa would be a GREAT fight to watch on a UFC Fight Night, UFC Pay-Per View. Three rounds of non stop action between two high level killers. Fight of the Night bonus written all over it.
” I always like to have the most eyes on me on my fights and being the co main event.” Vicente Luque
Millions of eyes will be watching Luque vs Chiesa on a Pay-Per View. Fighting in front of a sold out arena in either Texas or Florida.
Both fighters need this fight desiring to become UFC Welterweight title contenders. Who wants it more DAWG fight.
Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard please set this fight up!! Imagine fighting in front of a crowd.
Muhammad Mokaev #1 Amateur Bantamweight Prospect 22-0 record signed with Brave Combat Federation. Looking to make a name for himself for the BEST Middle Eastern Promotion today.
Mokaev finally making his Brave CF debut against a formidable opponent with a 7-1 record. 3-1 record with Brave CF, Top Nordic Flyweight. Brave could’ve matched him up against a 1-0 opponent but they scheduled a bout against a talented flyweight prospect who can ruin Mokaev’s debut.
Everyone hardcore fan is WATCHING Mokaev’s debut as all of us are excited to watch his Brave CF debut. Longtime wait since we heard the signing announcement.
“At flyweight, I feel like so strong. I feel even faster. I sparred with Jose “Shorty” Torres, three times we sparred with him. You’ll have to speak to him about the last sparring. We had good rounds, I’m ready for the flyweight (division) I’m at that level now. I’m ready”
Mokaev trains at KHK MMA Team in Bahrain, Tiger Muay Thai for Strength & Conditioning and Went over to Coconut Creek Florida to train with American Top Team. All the hype in the world for the Russian Prodigy but immigrated over to Manchester, England at Twelve Years Old.
“Muhammad Mokaev for me is the new norm of MMA,” Shahid stated. “Having huge experience at the amateur level, we have to acknowledge that Mokaev is special.’ Brave CF President Mohammed Shahid
Coming from humble beginnings, Mokaev family making ends meat to survive but through the suffering is where you truly find yourself. Never forgetting those hard times will get Mokaev through the dance. Training Six hours a day, Staying disciplined through all the attention, Fame and fortune gradually.
“I came to UK as a refugee and I was getting like £5 a day. Me and my father on £5 a day, it’s like maybe $6-7, and it’s like you have to split this for food and clothes and Internet for your phone. It’s not enough. I was hungry.”
Mokaev is the real deal, Won’t be a bust as he’s a special talent to be the next Khabib Nurmagomedov in his own way. Only 20 years old but a seasoned UFC veteran. Future star for Brave CF, Future Bantamweight Champion.
“Me and Khabib are different people, I think. When I fought in amateurs, people knew me, like my charisma is different to Khabib’s. “My charisma is different [than] Khabib’s because people found out about Khabib maybe when he was on a like a 26-fight winning streak, maybe 27. People knew about me when I was [on] like my third amateur fight. The difference when I get to that level, you will see the difference.”
Koji Takeda #1 Lightweight Prospect from Japan 12-1 record is one of the faces of Rizin(Japan’s #1 Promotion). Former Deep Lightweight Champion before signing with Rizin. Takeda making a name for himself for Rizin, Fighting for them in the prime of his career at 27 years old.
Koji Takeda defeated Takasuke Kume at Rizin 27. Unanimous decision.
Koji is the next version of Takanori Gomi and future Rizin Lightweight Champion. Showing the world he’s the best Lightweight from Japan, Become one of the faces of the Rizin Promotion.
Defeated 10 fighters with winning records
Defeated Takasume Kume Former Pancrase Lightweight Champion
12-1 record, 25 years old
Trains at Brave GYM
After the impressive win against Takasuke Kume, Revenging his ONLY loss to Damien Brown at Rizin 29 or Rizin 30.
“I blame that loss on nobody but myself. I injured my back about ten days before the fight, and it was my decision to still fight with an injured back. I was devastated with the loss and it took me time to get over it, but I was able to bounce back with the support of the people around me which I am truly grateful for.”
Showing he’s the best Lightweight Rizin has, Argument between him and Tofiq Musaev for the #1 Rizin Lightweight.
Watch out for Koji Takeda the well rounded world class fighter high level wrestler from Japan to now prosper for the #1 Japanese MMA promotion Rizin…
Fights against Damien Brown, Daron Cruickshank, Luiz Gustavo in 2021. Leading to a title shot against Tofiq Musaev. Takeda wants to compete against the best of the best fighters, Well facing Tofiq Musaev definitely help.
Facing a Bellator Lightweight like… Brent Primus, Myles Jury, Alfie Davis to name a few. Bellator/Rizin Cross Promotion if Covid-19 slows down.
Having made the decision to put education on the backburner in order to pursue his MMA dreams the 25 year old is totally committed to the sport. He wants to earn a first Rizin win and ultimately follow in the footsteps of Jiri Prochazka and Manel Kape by signing for the UFC,
Paul Hughes Northern Ireland Featherweight prospect defeated James Hendin at Cage Warriors 120. Impressive performance first round to third round.
Hughes the faster, athletic fighter showed how talented he is. Deserving a title shot next after that win!! Waiting on line for the Morgan Charriere vs Jordan Vucenic Cage Warriors Featherweight Title(Cage Warriors 122)
Winner vs Paul Hughes sounds like a plan. Like Paul Hughes odds against Charriere the highly touted Featherweight prospect and STAR of Cage Warriors. Jordan Vucenic vs Paul Hughes be a sweet fight to watch, Hughes more quicker. Appreciate the striking ability from Hughes that can lead to a Featherweight title win.
“I’m not like I deserve that title shot let’s not beat around the bush like one more fight as a I say that’s this is a good guy against Hendin so I deserve that title shot and I will be getting it.”
Enjoy when fighters schedule there fights, Makes it so much easier for Graham Boylan(Cage Warriors Promoter) to schedule and matchmake.
After that pressure style winning performance they BETTER schedule Paul Hughes. I’m being honest I was genuinely impressed the way he fought. Skillful striker, Smart IQ. Continues to improve with each fight.
One of the next big THINGS to prosper from Ireland/Northern Ireland.
Makes sense for Paul Hughes to be #1 Contender, Marketing wise he’s a star with running his own YOUTUBE channel…. Paul Hughes MMA.
Watch out for Paul Hughes in 2021, Future UFC/Bellator signee and Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion.
Brave CF 48 Arabian Night is a stacked event top to bottom, Brave CF matchmakers really know how to matchmake. Signing world class prospects, Potential Brave CF champions. Brave CF has several prospects from Middle East leading first generation of Middle Eastern prospects to take charge.
Olli Santalahi touted Finnish Welterweight prospects, Fighting for the Cage Warriors version Cage(Nordic Promotion). 11-3 record at 26 years old. #1 Finland Welterweight Prospect. Olli making his Brave CF debut, Looking to become a Brave CF Welterweight Champion with his time with Brave CF.
Olli #1 Strength is wrestling, Dominating his opponents with grappling. Reminds me of Emil Weber Meek and Gunnar Nelson. Olli definitely talented prospect but needs to improve his striking. Hopefully doing that with Finnfighters Gym.
Continues to improve his striking that we see in his fight against Georges Eid “Lebanese Bulldozer” 30 years old. Trains at Tristar Lebanon.
Eid never faced a wrestler like Olli before, Olli definitely will dominate this fight. Controlling the fight for three rounds.
Maysara Mohamed newly signed #1 Middle Eastern Flyweight prospect, Winning Arabic Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight title against Mohamed Gamal 7-2 record. Two time Egyptian Kung Fu champion & four time Egyptian kickboxing champion. High level striker amongst the best strikers on the Brave CF roster.
“BRAVE CF is one of the best organizations in the world and the first in this Middle East region. It is the reason for the emergence of fighters in the East, especially the Arab world, and we are all proud to appear as BRAVE CF Fighters to the world.”
Maysara Mohamed about to become a STAR for Brave CF, Future Brave CF Flyweight Champion as he continues to improve grappling wise. Excited for this fight against Issa Salem.
Michael Aljarouj #1 French Flyweight prospect, Winning 100% Fight Flyweight title before signing with Brave CF. Only 23 years old 7-3 record.
Former PFL Fighter, XFN, Contenders Norwich Lightweight Champion signed with Brave CF. Taking advantage of free agency. Signing with #1 Middle East Promotion. Ylies Djiroun making his Brave CF debut, Exciting debut to watch. Very talented fighter now looking to pursue the Brave CF Lightweight Title, Making a name for himself.
Cage Fury Fighting Championship one of the best regional promotions, Gold Standard for running a regional promotion. Sean Brady, Jimmie Rivera, Aljamain Sterling to name a few former CFFC champions.
Watching a few UFC. Bellator fighters at CFFC 92. Pretty cool to watch them rise through the regional scene.
Alberto Trujillo underrated Flyweight prospect, Trains at Alliance MMA with Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Jeremy Stephens. Alberto Trujillo defeated Fan Favorite Santo Curatolo for the CFFC Flyweight title.
Trulijjo is flying under the radar, Defending his CFFC title against Phumi Nkuta(Serra/Longo Gym prospect) .
Saidyokub co main event slot fighting for the CFFC Bantamweight title, 7-2 25 year old prospect, Trains at Team Top Notch. Home of Ricardo Lamas. Coming off a huge knockout against Askar Askar, 10-0 record. One of the best Bantamweight prospects.
Fast rising Featherweight prospect 4-0 record. Roufusport MMA Academy prospect trains with killers from Anthony & Sergio Pettis, Emmanuel Sanchez, Ben Askren and many others. Two wins under the Legacy Fighting Alliance, Pro debut at Bellator 221.
Christian Rodriguez is ONLY 23 years old. Promising future ahead of him, Facing Charalampos Grigoriou 4-2 Bantamweight prospect.
Keep an eye on Christian Rodriguez, Future generation of Roufusport MMA Academy. Duke Roufus allowed him to train full time for a reason they believe in him and will see another tremendous performance out of him at CFFC 92.
Leading to regional title shots in 2021, Fighting LFA, Ring of Combat, CFFC, Titan FC.
Watch CFFC 92 on UFC Fight Pass! In for a treat top to bottom.
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.
Casey Kenney lost to Dominick Cruz on the UFC 259 Featuring prelims, Yes he lost in a close fight but showed improvements in a tough fight against one of the best Bantamweights of all time. Former UFC Bantamweight Champion, WEC Bantamweight Champion.
Boost up in competition, UFC believed in him. Now time to take a step back and face a top 15-top 20 Bantamweight…. Face Nathaniel Wood.
Nathaniel Wood vs Casey Kenney happened at UFC 254, Prelims bout. High paced, Constant action fight that went three rounds. My opinion Nathaniel Wood won that fight by split decision, Judges scored it wrong.
Time for a rematch, Two HIGH LEVEL Bantamweight rising stars facing each other in the summer of 2021. Pay-Per View Bout or UFC Fight Night. Rewarded a fight of the night bonus.
UFC definitely can tell a story about the controversial fight, Wood and Kenney trash talk on social media, MMA interviews. Building the fight MUCH AS POSSIBLE before the fight happens.
UFC commentators, UFC analyst definitely will be excited for this fight, FIGHT of the NIGHT potential.
Nathaniel Wood remains one of my favorite fighters. Yes he lost to John Dodson but was winning the rounds till he made a mistake in the third round, Dodson being a veteran took advantage of the opportunity and knocked out the “Prospect”.
Brad Pickett’s protégé Nathaniel Wood will show his advancements from the Kenney fight at UFC 259. Challenging the Nine time Judo Champion. High School wrestling champion in Indiana.
“Basic Well-Rounded” Casey Kenney
Casey Kenney calling Nathaniel Wood a basic well rounded fighter but I’m sure he was impressed with Nathaniel Wood. Wood showed his promise of being a UFC Bantamweight title contender in the next few years.
Nathaniel Wood revenging his loss to Casey Kenney, Not handing the fight to the judges. Winning by early submission or dominant performance.
On the other hand Casey Kenney, Rising star. Former LFA Bantamweight Champion can hand the “Prospect” a sixth loss.
Both fighters NEED this win, Moves them up the STACKED Bantamweight rankings. Shows whose the future champion one day!
Rematch Casey Kenney vs Nathaniel Wood, Schedule this bout for the summer of 2021.
Uros Medic WINS by first round KO, Continues to show his high level striking that earned a 50k performance of the night. Congratulations to the Serbian immigrant, Making his dreams a reality by fighting for the UFC.
Controversial late stoppage but Medic continued to put it on Aalon Cruz. UFC definitely has a STAR on there hands, Love his Kickboxing fighting style. Lovable funny personality that made Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier life on his post fight interview.
Continue to train by day because Medic is one extremely talented fighter, Next Dana White Contender Series alumnus to find success in the UFC.
Looking forward to Uros Medic next fight and 2021 season, He’s becoming one of my favorite UFC fighters ever since his Dana White Contender series fight.
“Immigration case that I have going on right now, It’s uh being worked on a national interest waiver and these guys in immigration they don’t think I’m special enough obviously they denied it so I have a right to appeal right so basically their answer to my national interest was where we are not you are as special as you are not a UFC fighter like you are today and like there’s a whole I can say but my Attorney is working on it.” Uros Medic
Medic asking to fight in Texas in front of a sold out ARENA, Hope Medic Alaskan attorney gets the job done and allows Medic to fight in Texas. Let the man earn his money, Extra cash from 50k bonuses.
Barely any damage in the fight, Quick turn around in Dallas, Houston if Uncle Bobby Dana… A.K.A Dana White persuades the Mayor to allow fans back in the arena. Maybe hand the Mayor a sweet envelope under the table, “Giving the Mayor an offer he can’t refuse. “
Medic will be the perfect fighter on the prelims because of his fighting style. Becomes a fan favorite I guarantee. Treat Medic the same way the UFC managed Khamzat Chimaev, Kevin Holland, Bobby Green in 2020. Dominant wins with barely damage than scheduling him to fight few weeks later.
Fights against Austin Lingo, Danny Chavez, Charles Rosa make perfect sense for a SECOND fight in Dallas or Houston. Tough dudes in the Featherweight division, Give Medic trouble but Medic comes out with the win.
Overall Uros Medic will have a BREAKOUT 2021, Rafael Cordeiro coached many champions from Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Rafael Das Anjos and future champion Uros Medic.
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.
Professional Fighters League 2021 season begins on April 23rd. PFL signed free agents Anthony Pettis, Bubba Jenkins, Fabricio Werdum. Underrated PFL signing Jordan Young!
Jordan Young Bellator
Jordan Young youngest fighter in the PFL Light Heavyweight division. Before signing with PFL was a hot prospect for Bellator. Defeating tough fighters with undefeated records. Six fight winning streak with Bellator.. Before losing to Julius Anglickas.
Submission specialist, Choking out his opponents to victory. Leading to a current record of 11-1.
Crazy that Bellator allowed Jordan Young to leave and test free agency. Good for Jordan Young to test the market and now can make a career with Professional Fighters League. Felt disrespected by Bellator after being a hot prospect for them, Finishing fights early. Not being a boring fighter. Unfair treatment from Jordan Young’s side.
“A lot of people don’t know who I am across the MMA community because they haven’t had the opportunity to see me,” Young said. “At 25 years of age and with an 11-1 record, I think that’s kind of absurd. If you take a couple steps back, I’ve only fought two or three times a year. A lot of those fights are first-round finishes. I’m fresh. I’m healthy. I make my check and then I sit for six months and you don’t hear a word about me. That’s like the worst treatment I think you can give an up-and-coming fighter who has star potential and is winning his fights in the fashion I’m winning them, which is without being touched.
American Top Team prospect, Jordan Young can prove his worth. Showing the world he’s a world class fighter defeating tough fighters. Former UFC Light Heavyweights.
Jordan Young on Pub Sports Radio asked for Chris Camozzi for his PFL debut. Definitely should be rewarded the opportunity to fight a UFC veteran. Seeing what he’s made of. Young believes himself and PFL confident in his skills as well. Signed Young for a reason, Young hungry lion looking to murder the Light Heavyweights.
“When I signed with the PFL, they put a belief in me and I put a belief in them. They’re saying the 2021 season is going to be a go, so I’m just looking at staying focused and being the best me that I can be physically and mentally so when 2021 hits and that new season hits, I’m going to be in a great position.
Winning by submission in the early rounds. Entering the PFL tournament and leading himself to the final against expected finalist Emiliano Sordi. Pulling up the upset by defeating the PFL 2019 Light Heavyweight Champion.
Discussed as one of the best Light Heavyweights in the world. Upcoming Light Heavyweights. Building his brand, Name value radically sky rockets because of one year!! Crazy but that can happen in this wild combat sport.
Khamzat Chimaev broke out in 2020. Fighter of the year nominee in 2020. Ending 2020 fighting Leon Edwards with a win can lead to a title shot. However because of this beautiful virus the fight got canceled because of Edwards testing positive than Chimaev having symptoms of Covid-19.
Leading Chimaev to be hospitalized in Las Vegas but looks to return in June. Hope everything goes as planned so we can see Chimaev fight because he seems to a special talent and Dana White knows it. Something different about the Chechen Wolf Khamzat Chimaev.
Return in June, Headlining a ESPN + Fight Night I’d love to see Khamzat Chimaev face Michael Chiesa. Chiesa since moving up to Welterweight was a life changing decision, Wins over Carlos Condit, Rafael Dos Anjos and Neil Magny. Welterweight dark horse. Facing Khamzat Chimaev as the UFC sees as the next superstar can radically help his career with a win on his third headliner.
“I enjoy fighting more than I enjoy anything else in the world,” Chiesa said. “I’m peaking at the right time,”
“These guys should be worried,” Chiesa said. “The next time you see me this year I’m going to be a completely different guy. I’m going to be a totally different fighter. I’m going my to prove I can be the best. I’m going to prove I can be in a number one contender fight by the end of the year.”
Opportunity to be a Welterweight title contender with a GREAT win against Chimaev
On the other hand Khamzat Chimaev with a win against the Dark Horse Michael Chiesa can lead to a title shot. Showing the fans, Fighters he can defeat top ten Welterweights rather than lower level fighters. according to his opponents.
Participant in the UFC Welterweight tournament, Facing the whose who of Welterweights from Covington, Edwards, Wonderboy, Masvidal.
“I want to take the belt in one year, two years … as soon as possible. I’m going to take this soon. “I’m going to finish everybody,” he said. “I always look for the finish. Smash somebody, knock somebody out. I’m born for this. My life is to be champion. I don’t think somebody is going to cause me any problems. I’ll beat everybody like I did today. I promise you guys.”
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.
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.
ACA Featherweight division is stacked with future ACA champions, UFC, Bellator fighters. Top 5 Featherweight division some of the ACA Featherweights can compete with UFC, Bellator, PFL and One Championship featherweights such as … Felipe Froes
Felipe Froes ACA Career
Felipe Froes Shooto Brasil Featherweight signed with WFCA than found a home in ACA. Now ACA Featherweight Champion and one of the best featherweights non UFC. Froes winning the ACA Featherweight title in his third ACA fight and defending it once against Marat Balaev.
Fight against Balaev was impressive as Froes was getting dominated with takedowns but because of his mental strength and pure will had a comeback victory. Ending the fight with beautiful combinations against Balaev that lead to a ref stoppage.
Felipe Froes found a home in ACA, One of the best promotions in the world. See how talented he is in cross promotions like Bellator, Rizin, KSW, PFL, Combate Americas.
Froes showing the Major Promotions he’s one of the best Featherweights in the world just fights ACA.
Froes title winning performance against Salman Zhamaldaev was impressive at it went the full five rounds. Exciting high pressure FIGHT it was. Salman the better grappler but Fores has a very good tank and solid takedown defense that lead to hitting Salman Zhamaldaev with accurate volume striking.
Definitely watch the fight on youtube because you’re in for a treat. Both fighters are dawgs, Fighter with more mental toughness won that fight. Leading to the comeback win in his first title defense against Balaev which really SHOWED how much of a savage Froes is!
Felipe Froes 2021
2021 is a new year ACA 117 and 118 events are scheduled in February, ACA 119 we can see Froes defend his ACA Featherweight title for a second time against Magomerasul Khasbulaev #1 contender or Apti Bimarzaev #5 Featherweight. Froes obvious favorite in both fights but a fight against Bimarzaev.
Cross promotions are new with Bellator vs Rizin. Man I’d love to see Felipe Froes fight KSW Featherweights like Daniel Torres(KSW Featherweight Champion) and former champion Salahdine Parnasse. Felipe Froes traveling to Warsaw, Poland for a GREAT Featherweight clash of champions.
Second cross promotion option is Felipe Froes moving up to 155 pounds and fighting Tofiq Musaev Rizin Lightweight Champion. One of the best Lightweight fighters in the world.
Froes vs Musaev would be a sick technical fight mostly stand up with some beautiful sprawls that MMA fans will appreciate.
Cross promotion Title fights less likely to happen but one man can dream right!!
Smart way for the underrated Major promotions to build there promotions brand globally amongst MMA fans with better ratings and the ACA promoter should really bring Felipe Froes around the world. Same way NWA wrestling built up Ric Flair.
2021 is a important year for Felipe Froes 29 years old, Peak years ahead of him. Genuinely curious to see what happens with Froes in 2021.
Professional Fighters League fast rising MMA promotion 2020 season was stalled because of Covid-19, 2021 is a new year and PFL returns. Peter Murray PFL Chief Executive Officer and Ray Sefo PFL Promoter. PFL signed new fighters to add to the 2021 roster such as Fabricio Werdum, Cezar Ferreira and Anthony Pettis.
Underrated PFL signing is South Korean MMA star Sung Bin Jo. 9-1 record at 28 years old, Released after one fight in the UFC. Confusing to me because he’s a world class Featherweight, Competing in a stacked PFL Featherweight division.
Sung Bin Jo is one of the best Asian prospects pound for pound and this a great signing for PFL to build long term. Picture seeing Sung Bin Jo build the brand of the Professional Fighters League in Asia.
“I understand that the PFL is broadcast not only in English, but also in Spanish in the United States, so I plan to show everyone that Asians can compete at this level as well,” Jo said. “I will try to make Asian-Americans interested in the PFL after they see my performance there.”
“I am the first Korean to sign a contract with the PFL. I will set a good precedent by succeeding in the PFL, so that other Korean fighters can also dream and aspire to be on this stage and say ‘I want to be on big events like Sung Bin Jo’,” he concluded.
South Korean successful fighters like Korean Zombie, Dong Hyun Kim, Doo Ho Choi and now Sung Bin Jo.
Sung Bin Jo definitely capable of having a successful 2021 PFL season with wins against Alex Gilpin, Sheymon Moraes but defeating the elite wrestlers like Lance Palmer and Bubba Jenkins. Reaching into the PFL Featherweight semi-finals.
Top striker out of the PFL Featherweights and the entire PFL roster.
Will see what happens possibly can challenge for the PFL Featherweight Title because of his athleticism, Powerful punching power. Overall PFL signed a star and in the next couple years can be argued as one of the best Featherweights non UFC.
Since I watched Arman Tsarukyan fight against Islam Makhachev I was extremely impressed with his UFC debut. Yes he lost but WOW I was blown away with his Arman’s grappling exchanges with Islam.
After watching his debut I knew right than and there that Arman will be a UFC Lightweight Champion.
Three fight winning streak since the loss to Islam. Improving every fight, Grappling dominant victories but little improvements in his striking. If Arman works on his striking, Boxing in training at Tiger Muay Thai. I really don’t see anyone beating him.
Yes there’s Islam Makhachev, Kevin Lee, Rafael Fiziev, Michael Chandler but Tsarukyan is the future. I GUARANTEE it.
2021 significant year for him, Hope he fights tougher opponents. Nasrat Haqparast pulled out of his fight because of illness but I hope that fight gets rescheduled because Nasrat is a UFC Lightweight prospect, Next generation of Tristar Gym fighters.
Edges the top 15 by the end of 2021, Continuing his three fight winning streak. Facing some UFC Lightweight veterans to build his profile.
“I want to fight with top 15, top 10. I want to let everybody know who I am.” Arman Tsarukyan
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.
MMA talent consistently improving on a yearly basis, Fighters showcasing there talents on the regional scene, Dana White Contender Series. Made a list of MMA prospects from North America that under the radar instead of the Matt Dixon’s, Andre Quintana’s of the world. Really is so many under the radar prospects from here that will sign with a Top 3 Promotion in 2021.
Evan Elder, Sanford MMA prospect. Elder 4-0 record at 23 years old. Three wins with Shamrock FC and latest win was at LFA 88. 2021 will be a significant year, Displaying impressive performances at whatever promotion he fights at. Coming from a wrestling and grappling background, Training his jiu jitsu at Nick Diaz Academy in Stockton. Evan Elder transition striking really improved in his LFA 88 fight.
2021 will be a breakout year for Evan Elder. Fights for Dana White Contender Series or signs with Bellator!!
Whether it be Shamrock or another organization, I’m going to conquer whoever they put in front of me until I get seen.”
Mo Miller Strong Style Fight Team(Stipe Miocic Gym) Bantamweight prospect with 5-0 record at 28 years old. Division 2 All American wrestler at Notre Dame College. Dominant wrestling performances that lead to a viral slam knockout at LFA 96. Picture seeing the Bantamweight prospect fighting in the Dana White Contender Series or awarded a UFC contract.
Roufusport MMA Academy one of the best MMA Gyms in the world. Christian Rodriguez only 23 years old, 4-0 record. Two back to back wins with Legacy Fighting Alliance. Early finishes. Watch Rodriguez latest LFA 93 fight on https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=343759470064817&ref=watch_permalink. Rodriguez in his fight against John Pham looks like a seasoned veteran in there as he displayed an impressive performance.
2021 will see Christian Rodriguez hopefully fight on the Legacy Fighting Alliance Main Cards or any top regional promotion. This kid is really talented and will only improve from here. Breakout year in 2021.
If you don’t know now you know Daniel Zellhuber is the next Mexican Superstar. Ryan Garcia of MMA. Everyone pays attention to top prospects from United States but pay attention to Mexico because of one name Daniel Zellhuber. Zellhuber 10-0 record at 21 years old built his recognition at Combate Americas. Muay Thai fighting style but incredibly raw just needs to train at a TOP MMA GYM like Sanford MMA, Kings MMA, Tristar Gym. Zellhuber is bound for greatness.
Zellhuber takes that next step in 2021 training at a top gym, Fighting for UFC/Bellator.
Kyran Cameron All-Around Welterweight Canada prospect at 27 years old. One of the upcoming Welterweight prospects in CANADA. Fighting for BTC Fight Promotion(Ontario Promotion). Trains at rising Canada gym, Parabellum MMA with Anthony Romero, Aaron Jeffery.
Troy Green 4-0 Welterweight Northeast prospect, All wins fighting for Ring of Combat promotion. Leading to Troy Green becoming the ROC Welterweight Champion at ROC 71 after defeating John Ramirez. Even though Troy Green is the ROC Welterweight champ, He’s not ranked highly on /https://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/64128-troy-green. However in 2021 with big ROC wins against Northeast Welterweight prospects we can see him get recognition, Opportunity to fight for Dana White Contender Series.
Andre Bargquero Morera
Andre Barquero Morera Bantamweight prospect from Costa Rica is under the radar but watch out for him in 2021. Became aware of him when he fought Sean Santella(21-7 flyweight) for the CFFC Flyweight Title. Morera got dominated but showed me how courageous he was to accept that fight against a veteran. Morera now fights for Combate Americas but moved up to the Bantamweight weight class.
Morera in 2021 hopefully fights couple times, Rising up the Combate Americas Bantamweight division and wins the Bantamweight gold. 25 year old Costa Rican Bantamweight prospect keeps getting better as time goes on, No doubt in my mind will see Morera sign with the UFC or Bellator in the next couple years.
Carlos Matos #1 Caribbean Welterweight Prospect 8-0 record at 24 years old. One of the most underrated Welterweight prospects in North America. Long lengthy welterweight similar to Randy Brown and Michael Chiesa. Matos manager should do his best to schedule him fights with Combate Americas or a regional promotion like CFFC, LFA, ROC, Titan Fights, XFN to build his reputation more.
Elijah Johns, Miles Johns little brother is slowly making a name for himself. 5 fight winning streak with Legacy Fighting Alliance. Elijah is a Featherweight PITBULL, Leading to finishes under the LFA promotion. Right now has a 7-1 record but record will improve in 2021. Maybe winning a LFA Featherweight title by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022.
Elijah Johns will be getting the call to the Dana White Contender Series for sure it’s just a matter of time but love to see him fight for LFA once or twice.
One of the most under the radar North America prospects is Jamie Siraj who fights out of Canada. Yes trains at Tristar Gym with the Phil Jackson of MMA coaching…. Firas Zahabi. Fights for Rise FC promotion, Last time Siraj fought was in 2019. Cancelled fight with Chad Anheliger, Top Canada Featherweight prospect. Hopefully at Rise FC 6 we can see Siraj return and fight Chad Anheliger.
Mexico always producing talented fighters and Genaro Valdez, 28 Year old Genaro Valdez is a rising Mexican Lightweight with a 6-0 record. Submission & grappling specialist that lead to rear naked choke wins. Valdez in his last two fights fought for Mexican promotion Lux Fight League. LFL you can watch on UFC Fight Pass. Valdez will be winning the Lux Fight League Lightweight Title in 2021.
Jiri Procházka former Rizin Light Heavyweight Champion looked like a UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in his UFC debut against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 251. Last time Jiri fought was at UFC 251.
Hungry to return to the Octagon, No better return than fighting Dominick Reyes in the Main Event. Easily one of the best fights of the year on paper. Whoever wins this fight in position challenging for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title.
Even though Dominick Reyes “Won” against Jon Jones I can see Jiri winning this fight in a early finish because of the first round KO power he has. Jiri has a lot more experience with 30 fights in total. Disappointed when he lost to Jan Blachowicz. Seems like he didn’t have the right mindset entering that fight.
“I’m looking forward to the fight,” Prochazka said. “He has a very special style. With my team we work on that, and I’m happy for that because it’s the change in my preparing, and I like these changes because it’s not the same like last time.
“I need to grow my style, it’s motivation for me and I like that. I’m happy to be challenged by this guy who is one of the best on the planet. I just wanna show I’m much better than him. It’s more than just some moving, punching. It’s about strategy, breathing, emotions you feel in a fight. It’s more than the physical game you play in the cage.”
Have a gut feeling Jiri will get the Win and become a rising star.
“I don’t ignore that [performance vs. Blachowicz]. Because it was a nice fight with Blachowicz. And I think it’s a big opportunity for me. I treat Reyes like a top fighter in the UFC and in the world. So it’s an opportunity for me to fight with him and win this fight.”
Big spot facing former Light Heavyweight title challenger, Taking advantage of the Main Event opportunity on February 27th.
Win against Reyes leads to a fight against Thiago Santos or Glover Teixeira. Jiri Prochazka vs Santos(If defeats Rakic) or Teixeira in a #1 contender fight. All great fights that Jiri has potential to win because of his world class striking. Top of the food chain Light Heavyweights are at the tail end of there career while Jiri is 27 years old.
Confident in his skills that he can beat all of the best Light Heavyweights. 100% he can. 2022 Winter Jiri can challenge the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Israel Adesanya or Jan Blachowicz if he pulls off the upset.
Jiri is looking forward to the challenge of facing against UFC Next Superstar and potential champ champ Israel Adesanya.
“Every time when there is some special guy, with some special style, and with special power, I’d like to compete [against] him,” Prochazka said. “I’d like to challenge this guy because I’m enjoying not just myself, I’m enjoying to connect [with] that guy and to think about how to put you sleep.
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.
Ludovit Klein Slovakia’s own can be the first UFC Champion from Slovakia. Ever since I watched Ludovit Klein’s UFC debut, I became a fan of his. Truly blown away by his performance against City Kickboxing Shane Young.
Took advantage of the short notice fight and had a stunning UFC debut at UFC 253.
“This is always my style – the high kick and demolish my opponent. I am very, very happy for everything. Maybe problem because yesterday I didn’t cut weight – I just had one week from the call from the UFC to come here. Short notice, (so) there was not so much time to cut the weight. Next time, (I will) 100 percent make weight and win the fight – everything.”
Stellar striking as Ludovit was a Slovakian Amateur Boxing Champion. Shows as he pieced apart Shane Young.
After UFC 253 highly positive he got more recognition globally as back home he’s Ireland version of Conor McGregor.
Both Ludovit and Conor have the A+ striking, Conor was the UFC Featherweight Champion and in the next five years will see Ludovit Klein become a UFC Featherweight Champion. Conor’s breakout year was in 2014 and Ludovit Klein’s year will be in 2021.
Hopefully Ludovit Klein returns to the Octagon in the next couple months, Fights guys like Billy Quarantillo, Charles Jourdain, Damon Jackson in his second UFC appearance.
Defeats, Dominates all three of those fighters. Ending the fight early with a first round knockout. Earning extra fifty thousand dollars from a performance of the night bonus.
Bump up in competition in his third fight with UFC, Potential opponents can be UFC Veterans Darren Elkins, Cub Swanson, Mawkan Amirkhani. Fighting the top 16-25 Featherweights. Elkins and Swanson fights I take with no hesitation. Featuring prelim on a UFC Pay Per View, UFC Main Card on ESPN +. Defeating Cub Swanson whose been fighting since the WEC days, Been in so many great fights. Recognizable name will only build up the name of Ludovit Klein.
MMA Media, Joe Rogan, Brendan Schaub, Ariel Helwani, Weighing In podcast, Luke Thomas, Sportscenter to start talking about him. “Mr. Highlight” Ludovit Klein.
End the year as a top 15 Featherweight with a win against Andre Fili (Team Alpha Male product), Hakeem Dawodu, Edson Barboza. All three fights are GREAT fights for fans and for Ludovit Klein. Win against any of the three will radically improve his name globally, Earning the respect of Dana White. If he was able to knock out Barboza for example, Sky rocket him to Pay Per View fights. Becoming a UFC rising STAR and fan favorite.
Awarded Breakout Fighter of the year in 2021. Remembered as the year for Ludovit Klein as 2022 challenges for the UFC Featherweight Title.
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.
Salahdine Parnasse arguably one of the best Featherweights in the world is the KSW Featherweight Champion. KSW is the European Version of the UFC. Selling out 40,000 seated arenas. Jan Blachowicz, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Mateusz Gamrot all fought for KSW in the past.
Parnasse is the next UFC fighter to sign with UFC and accomplish many things in the UFC. Parnasse was offered a UFC contract in the past but rejected the offer because of a low offer.
“We had longer negotiations. Of course, money was a full motivator, but we talked also about his further development.”
However in 2021 may be different with couple title defenses. Starting off the year fighting Daniel Torres 11-4 European Featherweight(KSW 4-1) at KSW 58 on 1-30-21. Looking forward to this Featherweight clash. Two of the best Featherweights facing each other in the KSW 58 Co- Main Event.
See if Daniel Torres is a challenge to the 23 year old French Prodigy Salahdine Parnasse or Parnasse dominates the fight. Impressive win will continue to build his worth.
Third title defense in the Spring of 2021 can be against KSW Fighter Max Coga. Former PFL Featherweight, GMC Featherweight Champion. 22-7 record. Fighter with lot experience. Second toughest fight in Parnasse’s career.
Another option is for KSW to sign a European Featherweight champion from Oktagon FC, GMC, Venator FC. Parnasse fighting a top ten European Featherweight prospect.
Last option is signing a former UFC fighters like Diego Brandao, Marcin Held, Steven Siler, Pat Healy. Ending 2021 fighting former UFC fighters, Winning in impressive fashion that leads to UFC having no choice to sign Parnasse to a life changing offer.
Salahdine Parnasse without a doubt will succeed in the UFC, Deserves to fight for the UFC. Fight for the UFC Featherweight Title one day, Become one of the pioneers of French MMA. Main Event in a UFC event in Paris.
Potential Parnasse has with the UFC to build his brand and be one of the best fighters in the world is endless. Many opportunities for Parnasse. I hope UFC does the right thing and offers Parnasse the right contract.
Arman Tsarukyan UFC Lightweight prospect, By far is one of my favorite MMA fighters in ANY promotion right now. One of the best UFC prospects with potential to become UFC Lightweight Champion in the next five years.
Before becoming UFC Lightweight Champion has to become a top ten Lightweight, New Years resolution for Arman Tsarukyan is being ranked in the top ten of the Lightweight division.
Starting 2021 facing off against another favorite prospect of mine Nasrat Haqparast at UFC 257, January 23 2021. Nasrat is part of the next generation of fighters from Tristar Gym. World class fighter. Haqparast vs Tsarukyan is gonna be an interesting fight to watch.
Win against the Tristar Gym prospect will start 2021 the right way. Showing off his skills at UFC 257 that blown me away in his fight with Khabib’s bestfriend Islam Makhachev. Even though he lost, Impressed me with his sprawls, grappling in his UFC debut.
Since Arman was successful against Islam fighting Nasrat Haqparast is going to be a cake walk maybe but will see at UFC 257.
Defeating Nasrat will lead to matchups against top 10- 15 matchups.
“I want to fight with [Al] Iaquinta,” was his initial reply. However, before explaining why, he switched up his answer, simply saying he wanted any ranked opponent. “I want to fight with top 15, top 10. I want to let everybody know who I am.”
Arman deserves a top 10-15 Lightweight, Helps with the recognition. Fighting “Raging” Al Iaquinta. Lasted five rounds with Khabib.
Arman Tsarukyan fight “Raging” Al Iaquinta is the perfect for Arman. Be interested to see if he has what it takes against a tough fighter with wins against Kevin Lee, Jorge Masvidal, Nassau Community College Wrestler. Main Card on a UFC Pay Per View, Showcasing Arman as a future UFC Lightweight Champion.
However because of how talented Arman he can defeat Al Iaquinta. Leading to more recognition and respect. Replacing Iaquinta as the #10 Lightweight.
End the year fighting the top 5-10 Lightweights, Hooker, Rafael Dos Anjos, Paul Felder. Depending how everything goes. All of those 5-10 matchups are all very exciting. Imagine fighting Rafael Dos Anjos, Sick that would be. Facing against “El Cucuy” Tony Ferguson, Old vs NEW.
Watch out for Arman Tsarukyan in 2021, Future UFC Lightweight Champion. 2021 is the breakout year for him. Finish the year as top eight Lightweight.