Ricky Bandejas is set to maintain shifting ahead regardless of some latest adjustments in his preventing profession.
The bantamweight is constant his MMA profession below the Combate Global banner following what some considered a shock launch from Bellator.
Bandejas (14-5) was launched by Bellator in late 2020. He competed within the promotion for 2 years with a 3-4 file, but in addition three highlight-reel knockouts – together with a viral stoppage of James Gallagher. His 4 defeats got here to present champion Sergio Pettis, former champion Juan Archuleta and former title challengers Leandro Higo and Patchy Mix.
Some noticed the discharge as a shock, together with Bandejas himself.
“Those were literally the top four guys in the division,” Bandejas advised MMA Junkie. “I actually misplaced to 1 by means of 4 within the rankings.
“The three wins had been all enormous knockouts – all three of them had been viral knockouts. So it was a bit of bizarre. I had one struggle left (on my contract), however issues didn’t work out for no matter purpose. So it’s sort of loopy to see that. I do know it doesn’t matter, however there’s a whole lot of guys on the roster with worse information and setups, and so they’re nonetheless going robust. I suppose it’s (Bellator’s) private desire.
“It’s business. I didn’t perform to the best of my abilities and I lost fights. In my eyes, I understand it. But in many eyes, it didn’t make sense on paper. It is what it is. I bet if I would’ve won those two (final) fights, it might’ve been different. Who knows. That’s the nature of the game.”
The American Top Team product clocks his second struggle with Combate Global on Friday in Miami towards Kevin Cordero in the primary occasion.
Bandejas, who was profitable in his Combate Global debut, is completely happy to be headlining an occasion and out to show he’s among the many finest in his weight class.
“I would love to go out there and prove that I’m one of the best bantamweights in the world,” Bandejas stated. “Other than that, (I’m going to go) step-by-step and enhancing my sport, good it, and get extra confidence each time I struggle and hopefully get to the highest of the meals chain.
“(Headlining) looks good and it helps me grow, and that’s what’s big in this sport: growing and having a following to get you where you have to go faster. Yeah, absolutely I’m excited about that.”