Bellator 301’s Undefeated Yaroslav Amosov Reacts to #6 Ranking From ESPN: “I’m #1”

Yaroslav Amosov, Bellator 301
Yaroslav Amosov, Bellator 301 weigh-in Credit: Bellator MMA

There’s little argument that among active fighters, Bellator MMA welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov holds the best record in the sport.

27-0, in a leading mixed martial arts promotion, with wins over names like Logan Storley, Roberto Soldic, Douglas Lima, and Erick Silva, among others. But that perfect record doesn’t add any pressure — after all, as Amosov explained during the Bellator 301 press conference on Wednesday, he always wants to win.

“For me, it doesn’t matter. I have to fight, I want to win every fight, so [being] 27-0, for me, of course it’s good but I want to win every fight,” Amosov noted. “Because if you are a fighter, it’s not just ‘okay, this fight, maybe I lose, next fight, maybe I win.’ If you’re a fighter, you must win every fight. When I go to the cage, of course I want to win.”

While Yaroslav Amosov is the top dog in Bellator, globally, he’s ranked #6 on ESPN’s welterweight rankings. Sandwiched between Gilbert Burns (5) and Shavkat Rakhmonov (7). “I’m number one,” Amosov replied. Though he admits most fighters would no doubt feel the same.

“I think if you’re a fighter — I know Jason Jackson thinks he’s number one. I think I’m number one.” Jackson actually disagreed, saying he wouldn’t be number one until he beats Amosov. Still, Yaroslav added that “I think if you’re a fighter, you think ‘yeah I’m number one, I must win every fight [against] every fighter.'”

Bellator 301 takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL this Friday, November 17, 2023 with Yaroslav Amosov vs. Jason Jackson headlining.