Richard Felicetti

  • Analyzing Bellator’s Prospect Building Efforts

    Although the UFC has recently placed an emphasis on their “developmental deals” with prospects like Chase Hooper and Greg Hardy, the company still primarily signs fighters with well-established records. Contrarily, Bellator MMA is very much in the business of signing highly-touted debutants and cultivating their careers. For example, if...
  • Analyzing Petr Yan’s Competitive Ceiling

    At UFC 245, Petr Yan showcased just how elite of a bantamweight he is, dispatching hall-of-famer Urijah Faber via third round headkick. Although the finish came in the final round, Faber was beaten and battered for a majority of the fight, suffering gruesome cuts on his face as a...
  • UFC Sao Paulo: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua — Light Heavyweight’s Last Samurai

    When reminiscing about Pride Fighting Championship, the popular Japanese MMA organization that dominated the market in the early-to-mid 2000s before it was purchased by the UFC, fans tend to think of its greatest participants. Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Coleman, Mirko Cro Cop — the list...
  • The Rebuilding of Kevin Lee

    In late 2017, Kevin Lee seemed poised to become an unstoppable force in the UFC’s lightweight division. A five-fight winning streak saw Lee earn an interim title shot against Tony Ferguson. The stage was set for Lee to capture the belt and challenge superstar Conor McGregor in a title...