PHOENIX – Bantamweight prospect Jaylon Bates remained undefeated Saturday at Bellator 268 after a first-round submission win over Raphael Montini at Footprint Center.
Bates (4-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) stated after that he needed a “quick, easy night” within the cage, and that’s just about what he obtained.
“The only moment that caught me off guard was when I got punched, because I didn’t expect him to close the distance that quick,” Bates instructed reporters. “Other than that, it was pretty smooth and pretty easy sailing.”
Bates, 24, defined how he pulled off the slick armbar to finish the struggle on the 3:49 mark of the primary spherical.
“Saw it in the moment, capitalized on it,” Bates stated He was like this (places arms up) and making an attempt to punch at me. I knew as quickly as he did that, simple armbar. Go for it, get the job achieved. I heard there was like 30 seconds left or one thing like that, so I actually needed to get him out of there. Because who is aware of how the second spherical would’ve went, proper?”
For this struggle, Bates skilled at Team Body Shop in Southern California with coach Antonio McKee and Bellator featherweight champion A.J. McKee after the promotion advised they hook up. Bates has been grateful for the expertise and appears ahead to spending extra time there.
“Learned a lot, picked up a lot, and I’m still growing,” Bates stated. “We’re not even close to being done yet, so I’m excited.”