Ricky Bandejas Says Juan Archuleta Is A Tougher Opponent Than Darrion Caldwell • MMA News
Ricky Bandejas made an announcement in his Bellator debut final August when he knocked out James Gallagher in spotlight reel style. Now he seems to be to inch one step nearer to a bantamweight title shot when he faces Juan Archuleta at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26. It’s a matchup Bandejas believes is a more durable battle than the present champion Darrion Caldwell.
“[Caldwell] is tough, but I think he’s a one dimensional fighter.” Banejas defined “I think I have a tougher fight with Juan then I would with Caldwell. I definitely think I’d finish [Caldwell] he would definitely have to work on his cardio. [His loss to Kyoji Horiguchi] was crazy. He was winning the whole fight, he got caught in that choke. I don’t know if he was tired or what not. I don’t know if he was able to get out of it.”
Bandejas (11-1) seems to be to increase his profitable streak to seven-straight when he faces former KOTC champion Archuleta subsequent Saturday. His opponent is a fundamental coaching associate of present UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and hasn’t misplaced a battle since Might 2015. Coming off three straight wins in Bellator, Bandejas isn’t taking Archuleta flippantly.
“I think I match up well [against Archuleta]. I think a lot of his fights he wins because he breaks people. He has a great cardio and he’s a grinder, which is exactly what I am. It’s going to be a tough fight, but I definitely see myself coming out with the win. I didn’t hear it directly. I can’t imagine [the winner wouldn’t get a title shot] I mean 21-1 vs. 11-1. I can’t imagine [not getting it] the winner of this, I’d hate to see who would have to fight to get a title shot.”
With the probably rematch between Horicughi vs. Caldwell for the 135-pound title, Bandejas is also open to a different battle with Gallagher due to all of the buildup of their first battle. With that stated, Bandejas thinks Gallagher is taking a straightforward matchup in his subsequent battle towards Steven Graham at Bellator 217.
“I hear there is an automatic rematch which should be exciting to me. It doesn’t matter to me, the belt is awesome to add to the shelf. I love to stay active and get paid. If I fight Caldwell this year, next year, it doesn’t matter. [Gallagher] definitely seems bitter. Hey I’m up for any type of fight. I’m up for a rematch, if everything works out we can do a rematch too. Not discrediting [Graham] at all, but he’s 6-3. From a guy like Gallagher who talks so much, you can’t really talk that crap when you’re not fighting top competition.”