Yaroslav Amosov of Bellator believes he is the best welterweight in the world and has challenged any UFC champion to a fight.
The Ukrainian extended his unbeaten streak to 27 fights with a victory over Logan Storley at Bellator 291 in Dublin.
Amosov outclassed Storley in five near-flawless rounds and was asked if he thought he was the best welterweight in the world.
“Of course,” he responded. “We don’t require a UFC champion.”
The 29-year-old went on to say: “Bellator is the undisputed champion. I’ve arrived. Come to Bellator if you want to fight a UFC champion.”
Amosov has the longest active undefeated streak in MMA and returned to action after a 20-month absence at Bellator 291.
He has spent the last year fighting with the Ukrainian army after Russia invaded his country.
“Amosov delivered a masterful performance,” Bellator president Scott Coker said. “We have the best fighter in the world at 170 pounds.”
‘I made my country proud.’
When Russia invaded Ukraine a year ago, Amosov joined the Ukrainian army and withdrew from his first title defense last May to stay in his homeland.
During his time in the army, he helped reclaim his hometown of Irpin, but he returned to MMA to promote peace in Ukraine.
The welterweight spent fight week recounting his experiences and admitted that “responsibility” weighed heavily on him before putting on a career-best performance against Storley.
“There were many unanswered questions about Ukraine and the war. And it was pressure for me. I was nervous and concerned “He stated.
“I felt a lot of motivation, but I also felt a lot of responsibility. Now I can unwind. I’m pleased because I believe I made my country proud.”