Ready 4 The Call: Fighters who impressed in February

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February was a solid month for Regional MMA. There were various promotions putting on quality cards with several prospects in the spotlight. Miss Katie Vega and I decided to scout the world, watch all the top prospects that competed last month, and came up with four fighters who are “Ready 4 The Call”.

We will name two prospects each who we think are ready to make it to the big show; we are only considering the UFC and Bellator for them to go to.

Shawn Bitter’s Choices

Daniel Argueta

Daniel Argueta fought last season on The Ultimate Fighter season 29. He would end up losing in his first fight in the house. To his credit that was to the eventual winner Ricky Turcios in an exciting fight. He took a few months off and then came back and won from a first-round stoppage. In his latest fight he main evented LFA 123 and took out undefeated Brazilian Mairon Santos.

After wrestling in high school, Argueta went on to wrestle Division II for Wisconsin-Parkside. Argueta’s constant forward pressure, his wrestling, and jiu-jitsu is just suffocating. As seen in that fight with Santos he never gave the man an inch to breathe. I’ve had concerns about his cardio but off his last performance, he could possibly fight for five rounds.

Considering the UFC already thought highly enough of Argueta to cast him on TUF, he should still be on their radar. It’s hard to fit in a stacked UFC bantamweight division, but he has already proven to be worthy of at least an opportunity. He most likely gets a spot on the Contender Series, but a short notice fight is a real possibility. I think he’s good enough for a straight up contract.

Abdoul Abdouraguimov

Fighting all over the world, the Russian Abdoul Abdouraguimov had a background in freestyle wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu before switching over to MMA. Back in 2019, Abdouraguimov won the BRAVE CF title. Last year he signed to French promotion Ares FC and in his latest fight with them, he won their title. He won that title beating former UFC fighter Godofredo Pepey. Abdouraguimov became the first person to submit Pepey…

Abdouraguimov excels when on the mat. In his early career I would say his wrestling is decent at best. Now, he’s really developed into a strong wrestler with a need of some minor things. While on the feet, he’s really tricky and unpredictable. He use to throw a lot of high velocity shots, but with cardio problems he’s refined his style a lot more. On the mat, Abdouraguimov does excellent work with grappling. He can scramble all night and can catch a submission at any time – and in any position.

Both Bellator and the UFC would benefit on having Abdouraguimov on their roster. He has said the UFC is what he want’s next and I don’t see why not. They signed Nassourdine Imavov from Ares FC, so they should do the same here. He would add a lot to a division that needs some fresh new faces.

Katie Vega’s Choices

Jesse Butler

There are some guys you watch and scratch your head at the fact that they are not signed to a major promotion. Jesse Butler is one of those guys, and at featherweight… he could fit in nicely in any of the big promotions. Butler recently headlined Fury FC 56 against a tough Masio Fullen. He got the first-round finish, putting that final stamp on his regional career.

Butler could fight in either promotion, but it would be nice to see him fighting for the UFC. Now 11-4, he hasn’t lost since 2019 and he only fights tough competition. You have to admire and respect those that do, cause they are rare… Jesse is also currently riding a four-fight win streak, with three consecutive finishes.

It’s time Dana White gives this man a ring. He’s super well rounded; and could make an impact right away, even if he has to go the Contender Series route.

Zach DiSabatino

We need more New England fighters in Bellator. Zach DiSabatino would be the perfect fight for their welterweight division, which is starting to shape up nicely. Currently 9-2, the Massachusetts native got another win on his resume at Cage Titans: Combat Night 3. There he finished Stephen Stengel in the first round, as expected.

DiSabatino deserves to work with another great promoter who knows how to build him like Cage Titans does. With 8 of his 9 wins coming by way of finish, and having been tested by guys who have fought in the UFC, the next level is inevitable.

It’s time we see Zach fight under brighter lights. Scott, sign this man…

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