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Jose Augusto: My cut to light heavyweight for Bellator 255 was tough, but end result worth it

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Bellator 255 marked a number of firsts for Pitbull Brothers light heavyweight Jose Augusto.

After months of delay due to visa issues, Augusto (7-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) made his first walk to the Bellator cage Friday and beat former UFC fighter Jonathan Wilson by first-round submission.

“I am super happy and grateful for this opportunity, for my family, my friends and my fans for their support,” Augusto told MMA Junkie at a post-fight news conference. “I’m excited to see what’s next.”

The bout was Augusto’s debut at light heavyweight after he previously spent the entirety of his career fighting at heavyweight. Shedding the pounds was not easy, but he said the end result was worth it.

“The weight cut was tough,” Augusto said. “I really like to eat, just like every other athlete. So that was the toughest part. But other than that, I feel really good here, and this is my home now.”

With the victory, Augusto, 29, extended his winning streak to five. Bellator 255 was the first time Augusto fought outside of Brazil.

Bellator 255 took place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The main card aired on Showtime as the promotion’s debut on the network. The entire event also streamed on MMA Junkie.

Check out Jose Augusto’s full post-fight news conference in the video above.

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Three things to watch at Bellator 257

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The Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix has some of the most interesting storylines in MMA this month, and the tournament continues Friday at Bellator 257 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov will defend his title against the always tough Phil Davis in the main event. That bout will double as a first-round matchup in the Grand Prix. The co-main event will be another tournament first-round fight, pitting former UFC contender Corey Anderson against the debuting former ACA champion Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov.

Last week, the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicked off with former champion Ryan Bader beating legend Lyoto Machida in the first round. After Friday, the tournament semifinals will have taken shape and there might even be a new Bellator champion to boot.

Here’s what’s at stake in those tournament matchups, as well as other important bouts on the card:

Can Nemkov establish himself as one of the truly elite light heavyweights in the world?

The newly crowned Bellator light heavyweight champion has a historically difficult road ahead of him. Nemkov, a protégé of the great Fedor Emelianenko, knocked out Bader last August to win the title. Now, he must defend the belt in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix, beginning with Davis in the first round.

Davis gave Nemkov perhaps the toughest fight of his career in November 2018. Nemkov won a split decision, but many people thought Davis was the true victor. Nemkov is an excellent, versatile striker with stopping power, but anyone who has seen Davis — going back to his UFC days — knows he is an oppressive wrestler who will have a size advantage.

If Nemkov, 28, does get by Davis, it won’t get any easier. He’ll face the winner of a first-round matchup between former UFC title contenders Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Yoel Romero. That’s quite the challenge for any young champion. But if Nemkov does make it through to win this tournament, there will be no denying that he is among the best light heavyweight fighters in the world — in any organization.

What can we expect from Anderson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix first round?

In his Bellator debut in November, Anderson expectedly ran through veteran Melvin Manhoef via second-round TKO. It was a clear showcase fight, a way to get the Bellator audience familiar with Anderson and his ability. On top of that, Anderson was coming off a knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz (now the UFC champion), so it doubled as a tuneup to get his confidence back. The level of competition gets steeper now as Anderson will face the unknown member of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix in the first round: Yagshimuradov.

Anderson is an accomplished wrestler who also showed off some knockout power in the UFC. It’s easy to forget that Anderson had won four in a row and was on the cusp of a UFC light heavyweight title shot before the Blachowicz loss. Yagshimuradov, a Turkmenistan native, brings a wrestling pedigree of his own into his Bellator debut. He’s the former ACA light heavyweight champion, and the competition is far from easy in the Russia-based promotion.

This should be a legitimate test for Anderson, and the winner will get Bader in the semifinals.

Which surging veteran will creep closer to a title shot?

The always exciting British knockout artist Paul Daley will finally take on UFC veteran Sabah Homasi at Bellator 257 after the bout previously fell apart twice. Daley has won two straight, while Homasi has won four in a row. Homasi’s coaches at American Top Team are very high on his potential, and a win over Daley would be one of the biggest of his career. The winner would creep closer to a title shot against dominant champion Douglas Lima.

In addition to that matchup, former Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd will try to win her second in a row after dropping the belt in January 2020 to Cris Cyborg. Budd will face Dayana Silva, who boasts a 9-5 record and will be making her Bellator debut. Budd, still one of the best women’s 145-pound fighters in the world, would be very much in the title mix with a victory.

Bellator 257 also features the promotional debut of Swedish submission specialist Mads Burnell, who has won five in a row after being released by the UFC in 2018. It’ll be a difficult first Bellator fight for Burnell, against The Ultimate Fighter veteran Saul Rogers.

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Bellator 257 — Vadim Nemkov, Paul Daley and Corey Anderson have something to prove – ESPN India

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The Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix has some of the most interesting storylines in MMA this month, and the tournament continues Friday at Bellator 257 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov will defend his title against the always tough Phil Davis in the main event. That bout will double as a first-round matchup in the Grand Prix. The co-main event will be another tournament first-round fight, pitting former UFC contender Corey Anderson against the debuting former ACA champion Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov.

Last week, the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicked off with former champion Ryan Bader beating legend Lyoto Machida in the first round. After Friday, the tournament semifinals will have taken shape and there might even be a new Bellator champion to boot.

Here’s what’s at stake in those tournament matchups, as well as other important bouts on the card:

Can Nemkov establish himself as one of the truly elite light heavyweights in the world?

The newly crowned Bellator light heavyweight champion has a historically difficult road ahead of him. Nemkov, a protégé of the great Fedor Emelianenko, knocked out Bader last August to win the title. Now, he must defend the belt in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix, beginning with Davis in the first round.

Davis gave Nemkov perhaps the toughest fight of his career in November 2018. Nemkov won a split decision, but many people thought Davis was the true victor. Nemkov is an excellent, versatile striker with stopping power, but anyone who has seen Davis — going back to his UFC days — knows he is an oppressive wrestler who will have a size advantage.

If Nemkov, 28, does get by Davis, it won’t get any easier. He’ll face the winner of a first-round matchup between former UFC title contenders Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Yoel Romero. That’s quite the challenge for any young champion. But if Nemkov does make it through to win this tournament, there will be no denying that he is among the best light heavyweight fighters in the world — in any organization.

What can we expect from Anderson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix first round?

In his Bellator debut in November, Anderson expectedly ran through veteran Melvin Manhoef via second-round TKO. It was a clear showcase fight, a way to get the Bellator audience familiar with Anderson and his ability. On top of that, Anderson was coming off a knockout loss to Jan Blachowicz (now the UFC champion), so it doubled as a tuneup to get his confidence back. The level of competition gets steeper now as Anderson will face the unknown member of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix in the first round: Yagshimuradov.

Anderson is an accomplished wrestler who also showed off some knockout power in the UFC. It’s easy to forget that Anderson had won four in a row and was on the cusp of a UFC light heavyweight title shot before the Blachowicz loss. Yagshimuradov, a Turkmenistan native, brings a wrestling pedigree of his own into his Bellator debut. He’s the former ACA light heavyweight champion, and the competition is far from easy in the Russia-based promotion.

This should be a legitimate test for Anderson, and the winner will get Bader in the semifinals.

Which surging veteran will creep closer to a title shot?

The always exciting British knockout artist Paul Daley will finally take on UFC veteran Sabah Homasi at Bellator 257 after the bout previously fell apart twice. Daley has won two straight, while Homasi has won four in a row. Homasi’s coaches at American Top Team are very high on his potential, and a win over Daley would be one of the biggest of his career. The winner would creep closer to a title shot against dominant champion Douglas Lima.

In addition to that matchup, former Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd will try to win her second in a row after dropping the belt in January 2020 to Cris Cyborg. Budd will face Dayana Silva, who boasts a 9-5 record and will be making her Bellator debut. Budd, still one of the best women’s 145-pound fighters in the world, would be very much in the title mix with a victory.

Bellator 257 also features the promotional debut of Swedish submission specialist Mads Burnell, who has won five in a row after being released by the UFC in 2018. It’ll be a difficult first Bellator fight for Burnell, against The Ultimate Fighter veteran Saul Rogers.

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Bellator Performance Based Fighter Rankings: Featherweights: Apr 14/21

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Apr 28, 2018; Rosemont, IL, USA; Emmanuel Sanchez (red gloves) beats Sam Sicilia (blue gloves) during Bellator 198 at Allstate Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports

There is constant debate about fighter rankings, which are normally based on voting from a panel of journalists.  Such is the case with something as subjective as voting – it’s totally based on a voter’s opinion, and biases are bound to seep through, whether intentional or no.  So to try to put a fresh, objective, data-driven spin on rankings, The MMA Manifesto has come up with a performance based ranking system, solely based on how a fighter has performed in the cage, this time for Bellator.  We’ll roll out a new weight class every Wednesday.  Next up: The Bantamweights.

*stipulations: 1) any fighter currently suspended or 2) inactive for at least 12 months (without an upcoming fight scheduled) are excluded from the rankings

  • Scoring based on a fighter’s past 10 Bellator performances (we use a five-year time limit, so if they have fought less than 10 times in the past five years, only the fights within that time frame are counted. For fighters who have also fought in the UFC during this time, those performances were counted also)
  • Points based on a fighter’s opponent’s Bellator & UFC win/loss record (ie strength of schedule – the more successful a vanquished opponent is, the more points awarded), extra points given for finishes, extra points given for title fight wins.  
  • Points are weighed so most recent fights are worth more (ie most recent fight counts the most, 10th most recent fight the least)
  • No points awarded for a loss
Stats Last Bell Total
Rank Rank Rank
1 1 1 Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire 1005
2 3 2 A.J. McKee 344.5
3 2 Darrion Caldwell 305.5
4 4 3 Emmanuel Sanchez 260.5
5 5 8 Jay-Jay Wilson 190.5
6 5 7 Aaron Pico 189.5
7 7 4 Adam Borics 173.5
8 8 Aiden Lee 145
9 10 Weber Almeida 125
10 9 Henry Corrales 96
11 16 Cody Law 95
11 13 5 Pedro Carvalho 95
13 17 Lucas Brennan 86
14 11 10 Tywan Claxton 80.5
15 15 Brian Moore 71.5
16 12 6 Daniel Weichel 70.5
17 19 Brandon Girtz 68
18 20 Ciaran Clarke 67
19 20 Richie Smullen 65
20 NR 11 Mads Burnell 58
20 22 Saul Rogers 58
22 25 Chris Hatley 54
23 18 9 Jeremy Kennedy 52
24 26 Asael Adjoudj 50
25 28 Dominique Wooding 40
26 29 Matt Bessette 25
27 30 Jeremy Petley 22
28 31 Kevin Croom 20
29 32 Andrew Fisher 10
30 33 Andrew Salas 9
30 33 Harry Hardwick 9
30 33 John de Jesus 9
33 36 Arbi Mezhidov 0
33 36 Ashleigh Grimshaw 0
33 36 Erick Sanchez 0
33 36 Simone D’Anna 0
33 36 Vladyslav Parubchenko 0

Check back next Wednesday for our Women’s Featherweight rankings 

Bellator Performance Based Rankings

Heavyweights
Light Heavyweights
Middleweights
Welterweights
Lightweights
Bantamweights
Women’s Featherweights
Women’s Flyweights
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