Uncasville, CT — One of the most exciting bantamweights in the world is finally getting some much overdue recognition. While many thought the UFC made a huge mistake not taking Stots during his regional career, the 16-1 Raufeon Stots signed with Bellator and climbed the rankings, most recently securing a dominant win over fellow ranked opponent Josh Hill at Bellator 258 on Friday night.
Given Stots has his son’s birthday this weekend, and another child on the way, he feels this victory over Hill is the most rewarding win of his career.
“It’s super rewarding,” Stots began, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press backstage at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. “I’ll look back at the fight and be like ‘damn I dominated somebody who is 20-3.’ He’s a tough world class fighter. Just shows my self belief, my hard work is paying off. I’m a bad motherf*cker.”
Stots, a teammate of the new bantamweight champion Sergio Pettis, is fine playing a body guard role while his Roufusport Teammate holds the title in the coming months.
“I kind of want to play body guard,” Stots told the media when asked about a Pettis title win. “I want him to bask in the glory and knock of some people at the top. This is what we train for, to be the two best in the division in the world,” Stots continued. “He deserves this, and a lot of my success I attribute to him.”
Watch the full Bellator 258 post-fight press conference with Raufeon Stots above.