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Danny Sabatello “Jornel Lugo is not at my level”

Danny Sabatello is set to make a statement in the biggest opportunity of his MMA career as Sabatello takes on Jörnel Lugo in a Wild Card bout with the winner qualifying for the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix this Friday at Bellator 278.

Sabatello slams Lugo and bantamweight division ahead of Bellator 278 match

Former Titan FC bantamweight champion Danny Sabatello made a statement on his Bellator debut last May when he demolished the former UFC bantamweight. Brett Johns with five days notice. Sabatello returns after longest layoff of pro career as ‘The Italian Gangster’ was supposed to fight Johnny Campbell last August before an episode of COVID derailed the contest. Now Sabatello has the opportunity of a lifetime as he competes in the highly anticipated Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix against an opponent he has been watching since regional days in Jornel Lugo.

“If you just look at Bellator’s depth in the bantamweight division, it’s so stacked. There’s still a bunch of good guys who are shut out of this tournament, including Brett Johns, who I’ve already torn down,” Sabatello said of the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix.

The US Top Team submission specialist would go on to discuss the changes to the Bellator Bantamweight GP: “I originally thought someone would pull out of this tournament. At the end of the day, a lot of MMA fighters are pu**ies, so I know when it’s an 8-a-side tournament one or two guys are going to be female dogs and get down – it just happened Sergio Pettis and James Gallagher. I thought James Gallagher would do it just because he’s sweet, and second, I think he’s smart enough to realize he can’t hang around with the big dogs. He just knows we’re going to kick his ass. I see everyone in the tournament beating him. He is bad. I stayed ready for this opportunity, I thought my phone was going to be called. It sucked when I didn’t get in (into the Grand Prix) at the start, so I had to gamble on one of those guys being bitches, but you know they are bitches.

Asked about his opponent, Sabatello said: “Yeah, I’m absolutely pumped for this. When I first got the call from my manager I didn’t know I was in the tournament, all I knew was I was going to fight Jornel Lugo. So I was already pumped. I was swearing left and right at my manager how excited I was, it was hilarious. Then a few days later he says it’s in the Grand Prix tournament in Hawaii. Life is just a dream come true, it doesn’t get any better than this. Fighting this Jornel Lugo guy is just awesome because he’s 8-0 and undefeated somehow and I think he sucks and when I say suck I mean compared to me. In MMA he is obviously above average and a great fighter because not everyone can be undefeated… He has good wins against Brian Moore in Ireland, but when you compare him to me, I think he sucks and I love my skills. You know you always hear the old saying “styles make matches”, and I think that’s a good stylistic match because if you look at it, he really sucks and I’m really good at it. It’s just the bottom line, I’m going to go for it and I’m going to dominate it. I love how this is going. I think on the feet I can knock him out. I can replenish it, I can knock it out and on the ground, I can massage it and pound it, or I can submit it. I’m not too worried about where the fights are going, all I worry about is kicking his ass.

Sabatello to seize the biggest opportunity of his career?

Sabatello may be brash and for some cocky, but he has the skills to back it up and make a serious run in the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix.

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