Killys Mota, brimming with confidence, is gearing up for his 160-pound catchweight confrontation against Islam Mamedov at Bellator 301 in Chicago this Friday. Mota, convinced of his elite status in the lightweight division, is eager to demonstrate his exceptional skills.
In his journey with Bellator, Mota has notched three successive victories within 10 months, including triumphs over UFC alum Dan Moret and a submission win against Dana White’s Contender Series alumnus Kenneth Cross. Despite these achievements, he perceives a lack of recognition from the MMA world, attributing this to his low-profile demeanor away from the ring.
Mota expressed his views on MMA Hook’s Trocação Franca podcast, emphasizing the importance of personality in the fight business. He remarked, “This industry is about more than just fighting; it’s about making a statement, creating an aura like you’re a superhero. That’s not my approach. I focus on training, feeling good, and contributing positively. I’m authentic, and maybe that’s why people don’t give me the credit I deserve. These other fighters are all about creating a buzz on social media, trying to look invincible. But that’s not reality. We are all human.”
Securing a spot in what might be Bellator’s last event is a crucial step for Mota. “This is my chance to show where I truly belong,” he stated. “We aim to make a statement to many, including the organization itself.”
After Friday’s fight, Mota will have one more bout remaining on his contract with Bellator.
Mota declared, “We’re often overlooked, and we have to prove ourselves through victories. I’ve consistently shown that I’m among the world’s best, not only in Bellator but throughout my career. I’ve faced renowned fighters like Akihiro Gono and Dan Moret and emerged superior. Some might doubt me, but their opinions don’t matter to me. I know my worth, and I’m confident I surpass this Islam guy and many in the top-10. I’ll validate that once more. I’m set to affirm my status as a champion.”
At 33, Mota has trained with renowned fighters like Yaroslav Amosov and PFL veterans Nathan Schulte and Raush Manfio. He’s convinced that Mamedov won’t present any new challenges at Bellator 301.
Mota confidently stated, “I’m definitely superior in striking, more aggressive, with harder punches. Grappling might be evenly matched. He’s a wrestler, but I’ve proven my wrestling abilities too. Training with top fighters here at ATT, including those who’ve worked with Khabib [Nurmagomedov] at AKA, I’ve seen it all. It’s about who takes the initiative in grappling. It’s a control game, involving strength and conditioning. That’s his forte, but I’m equally skilled there. Plus, I bring additional skills to the table.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bellator 301 Killys Mota
Who is Killys Mota and what is his upcoming fight?
Killys Mota is a professional MMA fighter set to compete in a 160-pound catchweight bout against Islam Mamedov at Bellator 301 in Chicago. He’s recognized for his string of victories in Bellator and is known for his quiet demeanor outside the cage.
What are Killys Mota’s recent achievements in Bellator?
Mota has secured three consecutive wins within a span of 10 months in Bellator, notable victories include a decision over UFC veteran Dan Moret and a submission win against Dana White’s Contender Series winner Kenneth Cross.
Why does Killys Mota feel underestimated in the MMA community?
Mota believes he is underestimated because of his non-flashy, authentic persona outside the ring, contrasting with many fighters who use social media to create a superhero-like image.
What is Mota’s view on the fight industry?
Mota views fighting as a business that involves not just skill but also creating a public image. However, he prefers to stay true to himself, focusing on training and helping others, rather than selling an image that isn’t authentic.
How does Killys Mota view his matchup with Islam Mamedov?
Mota is confident about his fight with Islam Mamedov. He believes he is superior in striking and considers the grappling aspect evenly matched. Mota is certain that his training and skills will lead him to victory.
What is Mota’s training background for the Bellator 301 fight?
Mota has trained with notable fighters like Yaroslav Amosov, and PFL veterans Nathan Schulte and Raush Manfio. He feels prepared, having trained with athletes who have experience with various fighting styles, including those taught at AKA by Khabib Nurmagomedov.