Raufeon Stots is one of Bellator’s premier prospects, if you can call him that anymore. At 15-1, Stots is incredibly experienced at a young fighter and one of the brightest under the promotion’s banner. Stots, who is also a two time NCAA DII National Champion wrestler, talks his experience wrestling and more on this video interview.
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Raufeon Stots took time to talk with Blaine Henry about his last fight with Keith Lee, brother of UFC contender Kevin Lee, at Bellator 253. In addition to that, Stots talks his heritage, training with Kamaru Usman and the mentorship that Usman has on him. Stots and Henry discuss the Nigerian invasion of MMA and all the great talent coming from the country and the internationalization of MMA as a whole.
Raufeon Stots joined Bellator in December 2019 and has won his first three fights, beating Cheyden Leialoha, Cass Bell, and Keith Lee. He has made appearances and had much success at LFC as well, going 3-0 with the regional promotion as well. Stots is on a seven fight winning streak, with his lone loss dating back to 2017 against the UFC’s Merab Dvalishvili.
Stots won the DII NCAA Championships in 2013 and 2014 then made his transition to mixed martial arts, making his professional debut in 2015. Stots has been on a tear and is not looking back, aiming for the Bellator belt. After his win at Bellator 253, it’s clear that Stots is, in fact, ready for the top of the division and ready to take on names like Patchy Mix and Sergio Pettis. In this interview, Stots calls for a bantamweight Grand Prix to figure out who really deserves to don the Bellator belt!
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