Bellator MMA kicks off it’s 2022 year with Bellator 273 this Saturday in Phoenix, AZ. The main event sees Ryan Bader put his heavyweight title on the line in a unification bout with Valentin Moldavsky. Also in action, former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson faces Islam Mamedov.
As far as depth goes, Bellator has a stacked bantamweight, featherweight, and light heavyweight division. Other areas could use some reinforcements: let’s take a look at who could make an impact.
Paul Capaldo (6-0)
Weighing in at 145lbs (featherweight)
Fighting at the age of 25
Standing at five-foot-seven
Fighting out of Middleton, New Jersey, US
Capaldo is a solid prospect out of Nick Catone MMA and Fitness. Capaldo has been a staple for UFC Fight Pass promotion CFFC fighting there for his entire pro career. His highlight-reel wheel kick knockout is what put him on the map. He does have other good performances however. Capaldo was supposed to fight last season on Dana White’s Contender Series but he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out. Capaldo is someone Bellator can fly in and scoop up before the UFC takes another look.