"He's Getting F***ed Up!"

Bellator Champ Raufeon Stots Promises Epic Beatdown of Danny Sabatello

Bellator’s Interim bantamweight champion Raufeon Stots says he’s going to make quick work of Danny Sabatello at Bellator 289 next week.

By Timothy James | December 2, 2022

Raufeon Stots thinks Danny Sabatello talks a big game - but won’t be able to back it up when they fight at Bellator 289 on December 9th. Inside Fighting’s Andrew Capucetti got a chance to sit down with Stots, who says Sabatello tries to hype up what he’s going to do in the cage, only to try to hang on to his opponent’s back to win rounds.

“It’s just a facade,” Stots told Capucetti. “He [doesn’t] even want to wrestle, really. He wants to get to your back and hang on and win a round.” Stots - who is a two-time NCAA wrestling champion - is confident Sabatello isn’t going to implement his lay-and-pray gameplan.

“He either wants to chill in the guard or chill on your back,” Stots replied. “But you’ve got another wrestler who knows how to sprawl, how to … stuff multiple takedowns, how to keep somebody off his back … how to get back to his feet. So, you’re not going to be able to do that.”

Stots is confident he’s better everywhere - promising that Sabatello is going to be easy work en route to the Bellator Grand Prix prize of $1 million.

“Even if he’s good enough to stop my wrestling, if we end up on our feet, [Sabatello is] getting f***ed up, bro,” Stots continued. “And there’s nothing you can do about it!”

Raufeon even offered his ideal scenario - a second round knockout. “What I want to do is like, be ‘TKO’ing’ him … I’m going to help him up or whatever and say ‘he’s alright,’ because I want to beat the sh*t out of him a little more,” Stots explained. “Then I’m going to get a clean KO from there.”

Bellator 289: Stos vs. Sabaetllo goes down next Friday, December 9th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The winner of the main event moves on to the Bellator bantamweight Grand Prix finals against the winner of Patchy Mix vs. Magomed Magomedov - which goes down on the same card.

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