Bellator: Birmingham – Seven Fighters to Watch


Yannick Bahati

After pondering on the inclusion of Bahati in this, back-and-forth, I’ve come to the conclusion that the inclusion is fully justifiable and this is why Bahati is a man you should watch this Saturday.

To begin, merely looking at the man would likely startle you and frighten you into watching him. Again, training at Renegade, being one of the local fighters, Bahati makes his long-anticipated light heavyweight debut after numerous prior pullouts.

A former BAMMA middleweight champion in his own right, Bahati is a BJJ black-belt, living up to the Renegade name and style. However, with dynamite in both fists with an explosive style, Bahati is not one to be underestimated.

Most intriguingly, Bahati was ripped at 185. He’s now at 205 and yes, you guessed it – he is absolutely shredded. If cardio is Bahati’s friend we could be in for a thriller of a fight when he faces Adis Dadovic.

Dominique Wooding

No better example of a deceiving record. Wooding, ability wise, could comfortably be a Bellator champion within the next three years. A wild claim for someone with a record of 5-2, but a true one.

Wooding is one of the most enigmatic, unpredictable and exciting fighters the UK has to offer. His plethora of attacks on the feet leaves his opponents dazzled. But Wooding is no can-crusher. As you may have figured, Wooding has faced serious opponents so early on in his career.

A loss to veteran Andy Young four fights in and a loss to ACB ranked contender Dean Trueman is nothing to be ashamed of or look back on. Especially given many people had Wooding beating Trueman in what was a very close fight between the pair. Wooding is a fighter beyond his years and a measured, calm fight against Trueman showed the world that “Black Panther” can compete at any level.

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