Exclusive | Raufeon Stots rips into Danny Sabatello ahead of Bellator 289 clash: “I can’t respect this guy as a man. And that’s why I call him a b*tch.”

raufeon stotsTensions are running high ahead of the upcoming Bellator 289 grudge match between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello. Stots and Sabatello are set to face off in the semi-finals of Bellator’s bantamweight tournament, in the main event of this weekend’s card. The rivalry between the two men has been well publicized in the build-up to […]

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Tensions are running high ahead of the upcoming Bellator 289 grudge match between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello.

Stots and Sabatello are set to face off in the semi-finals of Bellator’s bantamweight tournament, in the main event of this weekend’s card. The rivalry between the two men has been well publicized in the build-up to this fight, with multiple near-physical altercations being captured on camera.

Raufeon Stots recently took the time to speak with LowKickMMA’s Joe Reynolds about the fight and rivalry, stating:

“I cannot wait, just because I know it’s gonna feel really good to see the look on his face… I think he’s had enough. I think he’s had enough of being around me, which tells me that he’s annoyed and I’m in his head. I don’t think he likes me – I enjoy the talking s**t because I know what’s gonna come. Like okay, your gonna talk s**t, but at the end of the day, I’m (going to) beat the s**t out of you. I enjoy it. Keep it coming, more fuel for my fire. Him, I don’t feel that he’s enjoying this, because I think he knows that at the end, there’s going to be a lot of pain involved.”

Raufeon Stots further ripped into Sabatello by stating that he finds it impossible to respect him as a man.

“It’s not personal, but it’s probably as close as you can get to personal for me,” said Raufeon Stots. “Outside me being in a tournament and fighting him, I have no reason to hate him. But I don’t like the way he carries himself. I don’t like the way he talks to other people. I don’t like the was he portrays himself – I don’t like those things. Like Josh Hill, Kieth Lee, a lot of these other guys, I can respect them as men. I can’t respect this guy as a man. And that’s why I call him a b***h a lot. I think he hides from adversity – not only in the fight but how he carries himself in day-to-day life. I think he also – Everything he says is kind of a facade to what he’s actually trying to accomplish. Just things I can’t align with.”

Check out the full interview right here:

Stots and Sabatello will settle the feud this weekend, in the main event of Bellator 289. Also featured on this card is the other semi-final bout of Bellator’s 135lb tournament, as Patchy Mix takes on Magomed Magomedov. Juliana Velasquez also features, as she faces off against Liz Carmouche for the Bellator MMA Flyweight Championship.

Who are you backing in this bantamweight barn burner? Raufeon Stots or Danny Sabatello?

Exclusive | Raufeon Stots rips into Danny Sabatello ahead of Bellator 289 clash: “I can’t respect this guy as a man. And that’s why I call him a b*tch.”

raufeon stotsTensions are running high ahead of the upcoming Bellator 289 grudge match between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello. Stots and Sabatello are set to face off in the semi-finals of Bellator’s bantamweight tournament, in the main event of this weekend’s card. The rivalry between the two men has been well publicized in the build-up to […]

raufeon stots

Tensions are running high ahead of the upcoming Bellator 289 grudge match between Raufeon Stots and Danny Sabatello.

Stots and Sabatello are set to face off in the semi-finals of Bellator’s bantamweight tournament, in the main event of this weekend’s card. The rivalry between the two men has been well publicized in the build-up to this fight, with multiple near-physical altercations being captured on camera.

Raufeon Stots recently took the time to speak with LowKickMMA’s Joe Reynolds about the fight and rivalry, stating:

“I cannot wait, just because I know it’s gonna feel really good to see the look on his face… I think he’s had enough. I think he’s had enough of being around me, which tells me that he’s annoyed and I’m in his head. I don’t think he likes me – I enjoy the talking s**t because I know what’s gonna come. Like okay, your gonna talk s**t, but at the end of the day, I’m (going to) beat the s**t out of you. I enjoy it. Keep it coming, more fuel for my fire. Him, I don’t feel that he’s enjoying this, because I think he knows that at the end, there’s going to be a lot of pain involved.”

Raufeon Stots further ripped into Sabatello by stating that he finds it impossible to respect him as a man.

“It’s not personal, but it’s probably as close as you can get to personal for me,” said Raufeon Stots. “Outside me being in a tournament and fighting him, I have no reason to hate him. But I don’t like the way he carries himself. I don’t like the way he talks to other people. I don’t like the was he portrays himself – I don’t like those things. Like Josh Hill, Kieth Lee, a lot of these other guys, I can respect them as men. I can’t respect this guy as a man. And that’s why I call him a b***h a lot. I think he hides from adversity – not only in the fight but how he carries himself in day-to-day life. I think he also – Everything he says is kind of a facade to what he’s actually trying to accomplish. Just things I can’t align with.”

Check out the full interview right here:

Stots and Sabatello will settle the feud this weekend, in the main event of Bellator 289. Also featured on this card is the other semi-final bout of Bellator’s 135lb tournament, as Patchy Mix takes on Magomed Magomedov. Juliana Velasquez also features, as she faces off against Liz Carmouche for the Bellator MMA Flyweight Championship.

Who are you backing in this bantamweight barn burner? Raufeon Stots or Danny Sabatello?

Exclusive – Patchy Mix plans submission win over Magomedov Magomedov: ‘I’m ready to tame the tiger’

Patchy MixStreaking Bellator MMA bantamweight contender, Patchy Mix has plans to “hunt” and then “tame” opponent, Magomed Magomedov ahead of their long-awaited bantamweight Grand Prix semi final bracket at Bellator 289 this weekend. Mix, who progressed from the quarter final bracket with an impressive, dominant unanimous decision win over former Bellator bantamweight best and UFC alum, […]

Patchy Mix

Streaking Bellator MMA bantamweight contender, Patchy Mix has plans to “hunt” and then “tame” opponent, Magomed Magomedov ahead of their long-awaited bantamweight Grand Prix semi final bracket at Bellator 289 this weekend.

Mix, who progressed from the quarter final bracket with an impressive, dominant unanimous decision win over former Bellator bantamweight best and UFC alum, Kyoji Horiguchi back in April – will look to book his second title fight under the Scott Coker-led banner with a win over Magomedov.

Once challenging for vacant bantamweight spoils back in September 2020, Mix suffered a unanimous decision loss to former champion, Juan Archuleta.

Patchy Mix hunts for submission victory against Magomed Magomedov

In the time since, Mix has embarked on an impressive three-fight undefeated run, submitting both Albert Morales, and then James Gallagher – the latter in the co-main event of Bellator 270 in Dublin last year.

Preparing for his clash with the highly-touted, Magomedov this weekend on the main card of Bellator 279, Mix laid out plans to “tame” the former – who goes by the moniker of ‘Tiger’.

“I’m ready to go, me versus the ‘Tiger’, man,” Patchy Mix said of his fight with Magomed Magomedov during an interview with LowKick MMA reporter, Joseph Reynolds. “Magomed Magomedov; the feared Dagestani wrestler, hybrid striker, 19-2 – I’m ready to go tame the tiger, man.”

“I’m ready to go hunt this guy down, man,” Patchy Mix said. “Much respect to him, but I’m coming out there to go win – I’m coming out there to go finish this guy.”

For Magomedov, the 30-year-old contender’s sole professional losses have come against former undisputed UFC bantamweight best, Petr Yan – and under the Bellator banner, against current interim titleholder, Raufeon Stots. 

Competing back in June most recently, Magomedov stopped Enrique Barloza with a fourth round guillotine choke win.

Bellator 289 will feature another semi-final bracket atop the Mohegan Sun Arena card, with the above-mentioned interim titleholder, Stots headlining against challenger, Danny Sabatello. The victor of that bout is slated to fight the victor of Mix’s clash with Magomedov – with champion, Sergio Pettis then expected to fight the overall tournament winner next year. 

As far as his matchup with Magomedov is concerned, however, Mix believes a potential submission offering for him could be presented in Uncasville this Friday night.

“I think the submission threats gonna be good, ‘cause he (Magomed Magomedov) gives up his back a lot,” Patchy Mix said. “And I’m good at submissions, so. I feel like that’s gonna be a big advantage for me.”

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Kayla Harrison Reacts To Cris Cyborg’s Post-PFL Championships Message

Kayla Harrison appreciated Cris Cyborg’s kind words following her stunning loss to Larissa Pacheco at the 2022 PFL Championships. Harrison suffered the first loss of her professional MMA career to Pacheco via a unanimous decision. It is one of th…

Kayla Harrison appreciated Cris Cyborg’s kind words following her stunning loss to Larissa Pacheco at the 2022 PFL Championships. Harrison suffered the first loss of her professional MMA career to Pacheco via a unanimous decision. It is one of the biggest upsets in MMA history after she won her first 15 fights with little opposition….

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PFL proposes Rolls Royce prize and $3 million payout for potential Kayla Harrison-Cris Cyborg fight

Cris Cyborg, Kayla HarrisonThe PFL wants to make the dream fight between Kayla Harrison and Cris “Cyborg” Justino a reality. PFL founder and chairman Donn Davis has offered both athletes a Rolls Royce of their choosing on top of a $3 million payout for the winner.  “PFL has offered that fight and Kayla has offered that fight,” Davis […]

Cris Cyborg, Kayla Harrison

The PFL wants to make the dream fight between Kayla Harrison and Cris “Cyborg” Justino a reality. PFL founder and chairman Donn Davis has offered both athletes a Rolls Royce of their choosing on top of a $3 million payout for the winner. 

PFL has offered that fight and Kayla has offered that fight,” Davis said. “We’ve offered the highest-guaranteed purse in female MMA history for that fight, and Cris Cyborg has refused. There is nothing standing in the way of that fight happening other than Cris Cyborg. If she wants to cement her legacy, make money and prove she’s better than Kayla Harrison in the cage instead of Twitter, she’d take the fight — because she’s the only reason it hasn’t happened.” (h/t ESPN)

Harrison recently lost to Larrisa Pacheco in the 2022 PFL Women’s Lightweight Tournament Final. It was the first defeat in her MMA career. Before the fight, the 32-year-old was clear that she would forgo PFL’s regular season and only take super-fights in 2023. 

With a loss by Harrison, it seems the super-fight will be even more difficult to put together. Justina did provide words of support for Harrison after her loss. 

Tonight will only make Judo Kayla a better fighter. One thing I learned after going 14 years undefeated is that sometimes you need to lose to become your best,” Justin said on Twitter. “Kayla will be back and she will grow from this experience.”

Will the PFL and Bellator Work Together To Put The Fight Together?

In late 2019, Justino signed an exclusive contract with Bellator MMA. According to Bellator CEO Scott Coker, it was the biggest contract ever signed by a women’s MMA fighter. Justino captured the women’s featherweight world title in her debut fight against Julia Budd. She has gone unbeaten in the promotion with all of her five wins coming by finish.  

In March, Davis challenged Coker to a co-promotional event to make the dream fight happen. He also said that the losing promotion would have to pay for production costs. Coker has been open to the idea of making the fight happen but has been critical of PFL’s social media approach. 

Davis has claimed that Justino has refused to fight Harrison despite the offers. Justino has said that no official offer has been made to her past social media. 

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