LOS ANGELES – If all goes in accordance with opinion, Emmanuel Sanchez desires the grand prix runner-up subsequent.
Sanchez (20-5 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) meets Mads Burnell (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 263 co-important occasion. On the same night, one of the greatest fights within the promotion’s historical previous will serve because the headliner.
Despite the fact that he became as soon as eliminated from the featherweight grand prix by champion Patricio Freire within the semifinals, the previous two-time title challenger is calling to get accurate wait on within the combination of issues by dealing with whoever doesn’t prevail within the first occasion between Freire and A.J. McKee.
“I’m in search of to win the winner of that, or whoever doesn’t arrive out victorious on Saturday night,” Sanchez told MMA Junkie at the pre-combat press convention. “Right here is what I want: Neat out this division and relate that I’m the most efficient. I maintain (Freire) to thank, that he simplest made a device more dreadful fighter.
“I want whoever doesn’t arrive out victorious out of this one. That’s who I’d catch to face after I am going out and defeat Mads Burnell.”
However Sanchez will maintain to get thru one of Europe’s freshest prospects in Burnell, who’s been on a sail ever since departing from the UFC. The Danish fighter is a foul finisher who has stopped five of his previous six opponents, and Sanchez says that’s exactly what he’ll maintain to develop if he desires to get his hand raised.
“That’s how it is – you’re going to maintain to waste me,” Sanchez acknowledged. “What passed off in my final time round passed off. However if I would maintain gotten wait on up and acknowledged, ‘All accurate, let’s trail all over again – let’s trail all over again’ … however that’s now not the strategy it works. However that’s the form of fighter I’m. As ‘Substantial’ John McCarthy acknowledged, I’m the Terminator, I’m Rambo, Liu Kang, Ryu – and I is now not going to cease until they’re carried out and they don’t get wait on up.
“He brings a dinky bit bit of the entirety. I appreciate this combat plenty, and I glimpse at the landscape of the division and the entire various opponents that are in there. It’s a pool of killers, and that’s true. That’s what excites me. Inaugurate air of the champion and the challenger that we now maintain got on Saturday night, we now maintain got various great opponents appreciate Mads Burnell, because the aforementioned Adam Borics and Jay Jay Wilson, Aaron Pico, and the list goes on. However I would like to originate a statement. If this combat doesn’t trail as thrilling as each person planned, then I’m going to take the existing and leave it all within the road.”