Top-rated prospect Jaylon Bates, based out of Las Vegas, has signed with Bellator to make his pro debut.
Jaylon Bates, who is 9-0 as an amateur, has dominated throughout his amateur career. A highly touted bantamweight, Cageside Press’ Joe McDonagh has confirmed with sources that Bates has signed a multi-fight deal to make his professional debut with Bellator MMA.
Bates has finished seven of his nine amateur bouts. The 23-year-old has four submission victories and three via knockout in his young career. He’s also won amateur belts in multiple promotions such as Tuff N Uff and Full Contact Fighting Federation.
Bates has also shown he has the cardio and willpower to stay dominant late into fights, winning his FCFF title via fifth-round rear-naked choke. He also holds two unanimous decision victories.
Bellator is arguably the deepest of any promotion when it comes to their young prospect pool. A bantamweight division stocked with young, highly-anticipated prospects such as Raufeon Stots, Cass Bell, and plenty more. Bates joins the ranks of one of Bellator’s top divisions as newly-crowned champion Juan Archuleta takes his throne.
The @tapology algorithm likes new @BellatorMMA signee Jaylon Bates quite a bit …https://t.co/jmWblJl1lX pic.twitter.com/HC37lJAueq
— Steven Kelliher (@Steven_Kelliher) September 29, 2020
Bates has been competing since 2017, his amateur debut, and now signing with Bellator it seems his professional debut is right around the corner. The debut will be highly-anticipated as Bates has been talked about as one of the top prospects of the Vegas region for quite some time now. This is a big pick up for Bellator as they continue to dominate the prospect signing pool.