Most mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters — in any combat sports promotion — will drone on and on about winning championship titles, how wearing a gold belt makes them the best in the world, and blabbity-blah-blah.
I get the feeling Andres Quintana doesn’t really give a shit.
Probably because “The Bullet” already considers himself to be the best 145-pound fighter on the Combate Americas roster. For now, the Mexican-American striker has the stats to back it up, racking up a perfect 3-0 record inside “La Jaula,” including last December’s nasty submission win over Rey Trujillo.
“I can’t further my status, I’m already the best,” Quintana (13-2) told MMA NYTT. “If a title shot comes, it comes. Actually, I already feel that I hold the title, so what does it matter if they put belts around my waist? Everyone knows I’m the champ. I have the target on my back and I’m the only one undefeated.”
Quintana will face perhaps his stiffest test to date when he collides with Mexican striking sensation Marco Antonio Elpidio in Combate Americas: “Mexico vs. El Mundo” main event later tonight (Fri., May 18, 2018) inside Auditorio Municipal Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico.
Elpidio (6-2-1) is 2-1 for Combate Americas and could easily be 3-0 if not for a razor-thin split decision that swung in favor of his opponent. “La Roca” rebounded from that narrow defeat by turning away Jose Luis Verdugo last June.
And if you thought Quintana didn’t care about belts, he cares even less about Elpidio.
“I’m not worried, who has more knockouts? I have more knockouts than he has wins,” Quintana said. “Of course I’m the best, has anyone beat me? No one has beat me, how can I not be the best?”
Reports of a featherweight tournament later this year could put that claim to the ultimate test but for now, “The Bullet” — who holds nine knockouts in 13 wins — is speeding to the top of the promotion’s featherweight division.
Combate Americas: “Mexico vs. El Mundo” main card action will air live on Univision Deportes Network (UDN) beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, with the complete preliminary bout card streaming live on UnivisionDeportes.com at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.