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Exclusive – Raufeon Stots ‘Definitely’ Open To Title Clash With Teammate Sergio Pettis: I Can’t Pass That Up

#2 ranked Bellator bantamweight contender, Raufeon Stots has claimed that he is definitely open to the possibility of challenging Roufusport teammate, Sergio Pettis for the promotion’s undisputed championship next — detailing how the opportunity would simply be too good for him to pass up.

In the midst of a stunning nine-fight undefeated run, Stots, who has managed to secure five consecutive victories since his Bellator bow back in December 2019 — shot through the rankings, most recently handing former ACB bantamweight champion, Magomed Magomedov a unanimous decision defeat back at Bellator 264 in August.

The 32-year-old stretched his professional record to 17-1 with the victory over Magomedov, with his sole professional blemish coming opposite surging UFC bantamweight contender, Merab Davlishvili back at ROC 59 in 2017 in a stunning 15-second spinning back-fist knockout.

Tipped to challenge for bantamweight gold in his next outing off the back of his victory over Magomedov earlier this summer, Stots has been linked to a championship showdown with recently minted bantamweight best, Pettis in a title tilt, despite the fact the duo ply their trade at Roufusport in Appleton, Milwaukee.

Speaking with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall recently, Stots touched on the topic of potentially sharing the cage with training partner, Pettis, and admitted whilst he would rather face another contender for the promotion’s championship, he would “definitely” be open to meeting with his teammate, almost reluctantly, however.

Yeah I’m definitely open to it,” Stots said. “Me and Sergio (Pettis) are open to it. Yeah, we’re open to it. I don’t want to make it seem like I won’t fight him. If they (Bellator) give me the opportunity — if they ask me, ‘Hey, would you fight Sergio next?’ I’m going to say, ‘Yes’, because I can’t pass up that opportunity. I’m not like, eager, you know what I mean? To fight Serg’ that’s just a weird thing. Whereas a lot of these other guys, I’m like, ‘Please, get me in there with him’. You know what I mean? Because I feel like I owe him a lot, he’s helped me a lot.

So yeah, I’m not like, eager to try to take anything from him, but if they offer me something I’m not going to say no,” Stots explained. “And if we get there, I’m pretty sure we’re going to try to knock each other’s heads off. We do it in practice all the time to make each other better, you know what I mean? So, it’s just a little different. But yeah, I’m definitely open to fighting Sergio.

Prior to his August success against Magomedov, Stots scored a quartet of dominant unanimous decision victories against Josh Hill, Keith Lee, Cass Bell, and Caleb Lelaloha.

For Pettis, the former UFC flyweight contender landed under the Scott Coker-led banner back in January of last year, returning to the bantamweight limit with a first round guillotine win over Alfred Khashakyan, as well as a unanimous decision win over Ricky Bandejas, before a unanimous judging win over defending champion, Juan Archuleta to clinch the crown.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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