Prior to each occasion, Beneath the Radar will solid the highlight on an up-and-coming expertise who reveals the potential for progress of their division and is not getting sufficient consideration as they head into battle.
Title: Gaston Bolanos
File: 4-1 general; 4-1 Bellator MMA
Staff: Fight Sports activities Academy (CSA)
Rather a lot is being manufactured from this weekend’s head-to-head matchup between Bellator 220 and the UFC Battle Evening occasion in Florida, with all of the screen-grabs and “Which card is best?” shows pitting the ultimate 4 bouts from every occasion off.
In doing so, nonetheless, persons are leaving out one of many many compelling causes to tune into Bellator’s return to San Jose – attending to see Gaston Bolanos compete once more.
Whereas Bellator’s featherweight division is flush with expertise and Bolanos continues to be in his infancy as a blended martial artist, there is no such thing as a denying that the 26-year-old “Dreamkiller” has been enjoyable to observe up to now and carries an abundance of potential into the cage for his matchup with Nathan Stolen (8-Four general; 0-1 Bellator MMA) this weekend.
Bolanos adopted up the above end of Rick Gutierrez with one other first-round stoppage win over Malcolm Hill earlier than venturing into the second spherical towards Ysidro Gutierrez final trip earlier than securing his third straight end.
As Mauro Ranallo and Joe McCarthy state within the above spotlight package deal, Bolanos is displaying progress by way of his improvement as an all-around blended martial artist, however his skills on the toes already make him harmful. Whereas the shot that dropped Gutierrez regarded prefer it landed behind the ear and nearer to the again of the pinnacle, fully unintentionally, the “coffin nails” that adopted have been exact and highly effective.
Saturday’s pairing towards Stolen is scheduled to kick off the primary card and looks like an ideal showcase alternative for the rising prospect.
That is really one of many issues Bellator MMA does greatest: they take younger, thrilling, up-and-comers and provides them each alternative to construct momentum, develop a little bit following and begin producing some buzz for themselves earlier than placing them within the cage with extra seasoned, extra savvy competitors.
Whereas these bouts typically happen on customary Friday evening playing cards, the truth that Bolanos is getting a kind of fights as the primary card opening act on a giant occasion that has garnered a ton of consideration is even higher, as way more persons are prone to tune in and see him in motion.
Along with his work from home with the CSA crew, Bolanos has additionally logged some reps getting ready alongside Bellator MMA light-weight kingpin Michael Chandler, who raved about his new coaching accomplice on Twitter:
There is a tendency with posts like this to assume, ‘After all he mentioned one thing good about it; what’s he going to do – rip him?’ However the actuality is that Chandler did not must say or put up something.
And as a lot because the light-weight champ is an effective dude who’s giving a little bit additional shine to a colleague who’s on the come-up, nobody actually desires to be on the market singing the praises of a scrub on social media as a result of everyone knows how that will prove if Chandler known as Bolanos “top-of-the-line strikers he is ever labored with” after which he received waxed this weekend.
Plus, Chandler has labored with plenty of actually good strikers and whereas the “considered one of” qualifier opens up some room for interpretation, he may have simply as simply have mentioned one thing mundane like, ‘Nice day of coaching with Gaston Bolanos.’ The truth that he particularly identified his expertise on the toes let you know there may be extra to this than simply Chandler placing the man over.
Bolanos has regarded actually good since getting stopped in his sophomore look within the Bellator MMA cage and may shine once more this weekend.
He is considered one of quite a few younger skills beginning to attract nearer to competition and undoubtedly somebody followers must be paying nearer consideration to from right here on out.