Despite the upheaval of a global systemic meltdown, MMA promotions were able to weather the storm and come out the other side for the sunnier days ahead. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a panther of the blue pacific flexing his catlike quickness with the keen precision of a razor blade in Bellator MMA. A professional mixed martial artist since November 2020 and representing Team Bodyshop, Jaylon Bates owns an unbeaten 4-0 professional record comprised of three submissions and one decision. Bates has spent his entire tenure as a pro-MMA fighter so far, with three finishes under his belt in four appearances with the promotion. The majority of his wins during his time in the professional MMA ranks have come inside the distance, with two second-round finishes under his belt to go along with one first-round finish. Bates is currently 4-0 under the banner of Bellator MMA. He has only gone to the scorecards a single time over the course of his journey as a professional mixed martial artist.
In his promotional debut with Bellator MMA and professional MMA debut at Bellator 251, he faced Joseph Supino and went on to defeat him via unanimous decision. Bates submitted Jeffrey Glossner via Japanese necktie in the second round at Bellator 256. Then in his third outing with Bellator MMA at Bellator 261, he tapped out Cody Matthews in round two via armbar to make it three straight under the Bellator MMA banner.
At Bellator 268, he submitted Raphael Montini De Lima via armbar in the first round. The victory earned Bates the third submission win of his professional career. He also picked up his fourth victory in a row under the banner of Bellator MMA in the process, At just 24 years of age and a finishing rate of 80 percent, Bates is one panther with plenty of pep in his pounce!