Saturday’s thrilling card additionally options former featherweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked Emmanuel Sanchez versus Denmark’s No. 8 ranked Mads Burnell and light-weight bouts between Usman Nurmagomedov and Manny Muro and Brent Primus and Islam Mamedov. The SHOWTIME telecast opens with a light-weight bout between No. 5 ranked Goiti Yamauchi and Chris Gonzalez.
Patricio Pitbull, BELLATOR Featherweight World Champion & BELLATOR Light-weight World Champion
“This is among the greatest fights of my profession. I’ve fought a number of guys that had been very robust too. I beat Michael Chandler which was revenge for me. Now’s a brand new alternative to indicate my expertise.”
“He’s very nervous, he doesn’t need to be there within the cage. When your enemy is making a mistake, don’t interrupt him.”
I fought 4 occasions in opposition to somebody like McKee, it was Daniel Straus. I really feel comfy, I’ve a number of coaching companions in my health club like him.”
AJ McKee, No. 1 Ranked BELLATOR Featherweight & Featherweight World Grand Prix Finalist
“I plan on preventing good, retaining my vary, and making him carry the battle. Everybody goes on the market and rushes him, so let’s see what he does.”
“All my coaching in my complete life has been constructed up for this second. I’ve been on huge levels since I used to be a child. He thinks I’m nervous however I believe that’s him making an attempt to self-reflect and push his little self on me.
“There may be undoubtedly quite a bit on the road. Being undefeated, there may be an additional 0, it’s not simply the six in that examine I’m preventing for. I’m preventing to reside up my legacy, proceed my father’s legacy, and be a champ. It’s now time for me to go get my belt.”
“At 18-0 within the group there’s nothing left for me within the division. What extra can I do? I need to go conquer the 155-pound title as properly. I’ve been calling for it, earlier than anybody did it I mentioned I used to be going to be champ-champ. It’s time for me to go get my objectives.”
“For 22 years I’ve been dreaming for this second. It’s now right here so that you embrace it and revel in each second of it, and also you proceed to construct off of it.”
“It’s not going to the championship rounds. He doesn’t need to go championship rounds, I do know that. If it comes right down to it I can battle 5 fives. The Pat Curran battle was an ideal instance, it was three 5 minute rounds of straightforward work. To do one other two rounds like that’s bread and butter.”
“Exhausting work and dedication is the important thing. My three yr outdated brother is a health club rat already. I would like him to battle for the love of the artwork of preventing and for the love of the game.”
“You need to know what disrespect was? I requested Pitbull to signal a newspaper for my legacy and to hold up on my wall in the future. Disrespect was crossing my image out.”
“Bear in mind once you mentioned you had been going to beat my ass in entrance of my father? I’m going to beat your ass in entrance of your spouse and children. Now the disrespect is out. The cat is out of the bag now.”
Scott Coker, BELLATOR President
“This can be a relaunch of Bellator. Now we have had about 16 months of doing fights in a closed atmosphere the place we’ve needed to do fights with out an viewers. It’s been difficult for the fighters and the employees, and it’s been a grind, however we’re lastly right here.”
“Now we have introduced some nice fights developing not simply domestically however worldwide. The battle this Saturday is an unbelievable important occasion. Once I was watching the pairings I used to be truthfully sitting there hoping that A.J. and Pitbull could be the ultimate battle. Right here we’re 15 months later with $1 million on the road, the belt, and the event belt. I want each fighter’s good luck.”
“Pitbull has been the champ since this A.J. got here right here, that’s how lengthy he’s been caring for enterprise. That’s why this battle will likely be so fascinating.”
“Sports activities want followers, and followers want sports activities. The followers are the oxygen of the folks competing. When there’s no viewers it doesn’t imply folks can’t compete and do their greatest, however on the finish of the day I do consider the followers could make a distinction within the consequence of a battle.”
“This battle made a number of sense for Los Angeles, and I’m glad we did it right here. It’s the appropriate place to have this battle.”
Antonio McKee, Crew Bodyshop Head Coach
“We’re both psychic or we’ve some sort of prophecy factor happening right here. This has all been written since he was three, it has occurred step-by-step. He wrote one million greenback examine when he was ten years outdated and he couldn’t even spell a million.
We’d like to ensure we stock ourselves with respect and satisfaction. We need to be revered and we need to be a trendsetter for individuals who need to do that sport. We need to be the instance.
It’s as much as him. He has the IQ when he’s on the market. He is aware of what he’s doing, I’ve a number of confidence in what he’s doing, and I consider in him.
We don’t speak smack about Pitbull, we simply state details. My son is youthful, he’s longer, he’s stronger, he quicker, and he doesn’t have the identical mouth on him.”
BELLATOR 263: Pitbull vs. McKee
Predominant Card: Saturday, July 31 – Reside on SHOWTIME 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Featherweight World Title Predominant Occasion: C-Patricio Pitbull (32-4) vs. #1-AJ McKee (17-0)
Featherweight Bout: #2-Emmanuel Sanchez (20-5) vs. #8-Mads Burnell (15-3)
Light-weight Bout: Usman Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Manny Muro (12-6)
Light-weight Bout: Brent Primus (10-1) vs. Islam Mamedov (19-1-1)
Light-weight Bout: #5-Goiti Yamauchi (25-5) vs. Chris Gonzalez (6-0)
Preliminary Card: FightBook MMA 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Girls’s Flyweight Bout: #10-Vanessa Porto (22-9) vs. Ilara Joanne (9-5)
150 lb. Contract Weight Bout: Gadzhi Rabadanov (15-4-2) vs. Daniel Carey (7-4)
Featherweight Bout: Khasan Magomedsharipov (5-0) vs. Jonathan Quiroz (3-4)
180 lb. Contract Weight Bout: Joshua Jones (10-5) vs. Johnny Cisneros (13-7)
Light-weight Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (30-11-1) vs. Kiefer Crosbie (8-2)
Bantamweight Bout: Brian Moore (13-7) vs. Jordan Winski (11-2)
190 lb. Contract Weight Bout: Justin Barry (professional debut) vs. Daniel Compton (4-3)
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and likewise a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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