It’s not often in the world of MMA we get to see a fighter hold championship belts in several of the world’s top promotions, but this Friday, at Bellator 153, we get to see an attempt at history. One of the biggest news stories from earlier this year was when former WEC and UFC champion and top-ranked UFC lightweight, Benson Henderson, decided not to re-sign with the UFC and instead take his talents to Bellator MMA, the UFC’s biggest competition. Many wondered as to which weight class Henderson would be fighting, seeing as he did visit the welterweight division a couple of times before his UFC contract was up. It didn’t take long for that to be decided, though, when Bellator quickly announced Henderson would be fighting for the Welterweight title in his very first bout with them.
Thus, a timeline of potential history in the making was born as Henderson is now the only man to have the opportunity to win 3 different championships in 3 of the biggest MMA promotions in the world; the now-defunct WEC, the UFC, and come Friday night, Bellator MMA. There are only 4 fighters still fighting who could even attempt to match this accolade.
Even though Bellator MMA is considered the younger brother of the UFC, the cream always rises to the top and the champions of Bellator are legitimate and skilled fighters who could find success in any promotion, including the UFC. Andrey Koreshkov, the man Henderson will be challenging for the title is a particularly impressive fighter who has 13 finishes in his 18 wins, with some them against current and former UFC fighters. Koreshkov is a finisher and hasn’t seen a loss in almost 3 years. He’s a stiff test for any fighter in any promotion and those writing him off might be surprised at what they see come fight night. He’s in it to play the spoiler role and prove that he is one of the best in the world, regardless of which organization he is fighting for. A win for Koreshkov would also be a win for Bellator as Koreshkov is a Bellator homegrown talent and beating Henderson would help legitimize the promotion in many ways.
It might not be brought up frequently but there is no doubt that Bellator has a bit of a chip on its shoulder when it comes to being compared to the UFC. There have been several examples of UFC fighters moving to Bellator and vice versa, and the results are mixed. Cheick Congo, once a top UFC heavyweight has shown mediocre results competing in Bellator, while Eddie Alvarez, former Bellator lightweight champ was just given a title shot in the UFC. Both of these bode well for Bellator, however, the most recent former-UFC fighter to compete in Bellator, Phil Davis, buzz-sawed his competition en route to winning the light heavyweight tournament; and in doing so helping push the UFC’s seemingly elite status. Koreshkov vs. Henderson is yet another entry in the saga of Bellator MMA vs. the UFC. This fight will, quite literally, be one for the record books, and it’s the fight to watch at Bellator 153.
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Exclusive: Jalin Turner vs Noah Tillis set for Bellator LA in January
Bellator LA: Douglas Lima vs Rory MacDonald, has just had another entertaining fight added as two talented prospects Jalin Turner and Noah Tillis are set to meet in a lightweight bout. Sources close to the fight confirmed the news to MMA Latest earlier this morning.
Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner makes his return to the Bellator cage for the first time since January 2017, where he defeated Gabriel Green by knockout, in an exciting fight that only lasted 36 seconds. Since the fight, Turner has gone 2-1 where he defeated Paradise Vaovasa by KO, at Tachi PF 31, before dropping his next fight to Richard LeRoy by TKO, at CFX 8. Turner bounced back from the loss by beating Vytautas Sadauskas by submission, at KOTC: Never Quit, back in September.
Noah Tillis is currently coming off of a 9-second submission victory against Jeff Carson, at Gladiator Challenge: American Pride, back in July. The “Submission Magician” has amassed a professional record of 3-2 with three victories coming by submission, DQ, and a TKO due to injury. His two losses coming by way of TKO and decision.
It is unclear where the fight will be featured, but it is assumed it will take place on the undercard. The potential brawl represents a stiff challenge for either man, as well as an opportunity to make some noise in an always deep lightweight division.
The only other fight currently announced on the card is the main event between current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima and former UFC title challenger, Rory MacDonald. Bellator LA: Lima vs MacDonald is set to take place on Saturday, January 20th, in Los Angeles, Calfornia, at the Forum.
Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor wants to knockout Trey Branch then fight Brian Moore in Bellator on St. Patricks Day
Going from postlim fights in Bellator to a co-main event and then a main card fight after with such little professional experience isn’t something you’d hear of very often in the slightest. In this case Anthony “PrettyBoy” Taylor is the exception, who in only his third professional fight went to Ireland as part of the co-main event for a fight with James Gallagher. Taylor became well known to many in the build-up to that fight for being so outspoken and quite an entertainer, something he carries with him to the cage.
Anthony Taylor now has himself a fight lined up in a regional show near his home in California at California Fighting Championships. This will be his first time fighting back in America since May 2016. His last two bouts were in Europe as part of Bellator’s expansion into Europe. Following two losses he now hopes to get back in the win column in front of a home crowd. Taking this fight as a tune off fight Anthony is confident he won’t be touched by his opponent Trey Branch.
“Well, I’m taking this fight because Bellator said I’ll be fighting next year for overseas and it will be a good tune off fight for me. I think of trey like any other fighter. Just a guy who’s not going to touch me nor beat me.”
His opponent Trey Branch is jumping up from flyweight for this fight, Anthony believes he’s going to dominate his opponent and knock him out with ease. Now having 3 career losses coming via submission, he is not worried about his ground game, guaranteeing it was improved from training with some of the top fighters in Bellator.
“I believe I’m going to overpower him and KO him. He’s coming up from 125lb to fight me which I stated to the world on Bellator that I’m the strongest 45er in the world!! And as far as my ground game, it’d be covered and it’s great. Thanks to AJ McKee, Baby Slice, Joey Davis and Aaron Pico. My ground game is great and up there to the level, as there’s”
Looking ahead to next year when he competes in Bellator again, Taylor has his eyes set on a big fight in a return to Irish soil.
“Well Bellator loves me and I proved them that I belong there. I haven’t been told when I was fighting but I hope it’s back in Ireland, and maybe on St. Patricks day and hopefully I’ll fight Brian Moore because me and him been wanting to fight the longest.”
As a training partner for AJ McKee, Taylor was very pleased with how the fight went down, claiming it was a simple enough fight for his teammate that apparently didn’t train much for the fight. Suffering a loss on the initial trip to the emerald isle, “PrettyBoy” wants to come back and take home a win next time around.
“Oh man it was an easy fight for AJ, he only trained 2 weeks for that Brian Moore fight” he laughs “but absolutely it would be a great show if I was also on the show me and James alone still holds the record of views internationally and I’m looking to come back and taking what’s mines which is that W”
The win against Brian Moore could now potentially line up a fight between McKee and James Gallagher, fight fans have long sought after. Having fought against James and training with McKee on the regular Taylor isn’t convinced that Gallagher is ready for the AJ just yet. He also had some words about SBG fighters who were calling out Baby Slice.
“James is not ready for AJ. And people calling out slice since he’s new in the game. Why are sbg guys not calling out Joey Davis?? They are all talk and think that they’re better than everyone.”
With a win on Saturday, Anthony Taylor thinks it will kick him off to a series of consecutive wins that could ultimately land him in a fight with Emmanuel Sanchez.
“Yes it will start off (Saturday) and I believe it will set me up tremendously. I’m only getting better and I plan on winning fights in Bellator and then taking out Emanuel Sanchez. I do not like him, I hate him”
“I don’t like his style and he’s always hating on my teammates so I want his head” he added
Away from the fight scene, Anthony is pleased with the life that he’s got set up for himself with his newfound love since joining Bellator as he now aims to break into the movie industry too.
“Man it’s been great I now have a wonderful woman in my life so I’m happy. I’m acting too, trying to get into the movies industry and God has blessed me which so much love”
You can follow Anthony Taylor on all his social media accounts to keep an eye out for all his upcoming fight information and results.
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