Jornel Lugo picked up another victory at Bellator 265 which now brings him to 7-0. He did so at the very end of the first round when he submitted Keith Lee. The bantamweight who will likely move up in the Bellator MMA rankings after the event seconded Raufeon Stots request for a bantamweight Grand Prix in Bellator when he was handed the microphone after his win.
The 25-year-old fighter has his sights set on greatness and he has for a long time. During the Bellator 265 media day, he brought up how he had snuck into the media day for Bellator 232 when he was only 2-0 to let the world know he was not just going to be a fighter filling the undercard of some random event. That was almost three years ago, and since he has been racking up victories and moving up in not only the rankings but in card placement for Bellator events.
On Thursday, after weigh-ins, the card had been shuffled around a bit when the co-main event between Adam Borics versus Jay-Jay Wilson had been removed due to Wilson missing weight. After his win in his post-fight media scrum, Lugo was asked if he would have liked his fight moved to that spot, of course, he would have but he understands the business.
“That would have been cool if I got that spot, Lugo said. He added, “But I mean you know you know how it goes. You become a pro, you start off in the prelims then you go to the main card, then you go to the big show and start off with the prelims again. Then, you go to the main card and you start from the bottom and you work your way up to the top. I’m not somebody who cares to skip my way all the way to the top, I just like to take my time. I’ll get to the main event and when that tournament starts I’ll be main event every time, and co-main event every time.”
Given his focus in and out of the cage, Lugo seems to be manifesting his own destiny and with Bellator MMA President, Scott Coker interested in a bantamweight Grand Prix as well, fans should not be surprised if Lugo’s name is in that mix.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel