Bellator bantamweight contender, Danny Sabatello is confident that he would easily beat UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling if the two ever met in a potential matchup.
Sabatello recently spoke with journalist Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of his show The MMA Hour and explained why he believes he'd run through Sterling, as well as why Bellator's bantamweight division is overall better than the UFC's currently. Sabatello will take on Leandro Higo in the quarter-finals of the Bellator Bantamweight World Grand Prix in the co-main event of Bellator 282 this Friday.
“Dude, I would kill Aljamain [Sterling],” Sabatello said (h/t MMA Fighting). “That’s a fight that, obviously, I can’t call out these UFC guys because I’m just not going to fight them any time soon – I’m in Bellator, it would be silly to call them out. I would f*** Aljamain up. That’s an easy fight stylistically. Look at it stylistically, that’s a fight that I would f*** him up in. But obviously, I just want to stick to Bellator right now. Those guys are on my plate, but Aljamain that’s an easy fight. That’s an easier fight than Higo or Stots or any of these guys. But yeah, Bellator’s bantamweight division is the best. Look at our f****** top-8 with Magomed – Magomed beat Yan. Stots. Sergio [Pettis] sucks, I don’t want to put him in the conversation, but yeah, Stots, Magomed, me, Patchy Mix, if he gets your back, he’s very hard to get off. [Enrique] Barzola’s pretty good. Higo’s got some good wins. When you look at their wrestlers, like Merab [Dvalishvili], who can’t hold anybody down. All he does is mat return people. They count them for takedowns, but it’s just a mat return. He f****** can’t hold anybody down. It’s pathetic. I would dog-walk Merab also. I’m very serious in that I really do think Bellator's bantamweight division is the best in MMA, and again, it just makes it so much sweeter with this tournament. I love that it’s a tournament, because a lot of times when you don’t have a tournament, you can pick and choose who gets your title fight. No. I get to f****** go through a tournament, I get to go through the f****** ringer, where nobody can say s***. I had to go through everybody to get this championship.”