A rather interesting name within the UFC lightweight category is Bryce Mitchell (14-0-0, 5-0 UFC). Along with Movsar Evloev, Mitchell is the only ranked undefeated fighter in the lightweight category. However, the 27-year-old "Thug Nasty" has been forgotten.
More than a year has passed since his currently last performance. At the end of October last year, Bryce defeated Andre Fili by a unanimous decision of the referees. Michel took eleventh place in the challenger rankings, but for a long time, we didn’t get a chance to watch him in action.
During a guest appearance at the MMA Hour, Mitchell explained why he paused for so long. '' For four months I couldn't even carry groceries with my left hand, because I was in the rehabilitation phase. I trained with one hand, but it’s not the same, obviously."
"It took me several months to recover and fully strengthen my grip (grip). Now I feel comfortable hitting with that hand. " Bryce broke his arm in the match against Fili, and the recovery obviously took a while. Still, the talented fighter of the lightweight category gave some information about the next match, but he could not say anything more specific.
'' I can't say anything, but I gave my verbal consent. I don’t know if this guy is healthy at all or not, but I verbally agreed and he will find me something soon. I'm not rushing them, '' Mitchell said, revealing that this is a big name that should suit him in style.
"Thug Nasty" always has a handful of self-confidence, so even after a long break, he still strongly believes in his abilities. The 27-year-old American fighter believes he is already the best fighter within the UFC lightweight category.
Still, he is aware that he must deserve the opportunity to prove himself. '' Give me an attack on the belt, after two big wins. These must not be some meaningless victories, they must be two big victories. I believe I can beat anyone and I want to attack the belt."
"Ready to earn it. If they (the UFC) think I don’t deserve it, that’s fine, but give me anyone who will take me to the title. I could win the title right away, there is no point in waiting. " Alexander Volkanovski is the current champion of the mentioned category, and the impression is that he and Max Holloway stand out in terms of quality compared to the rest of the lightweight category.
However, fighters like Arnold Allen, Bryce Mitchell, and Movsar Evloev are slowly stepping towards the top of the category, and maybe just one of them is making a mess at the very top.