“It’s like the UFC for me”

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ANDThe 8-1-0 that marks his record places him as one of the best fighters in Spanish MMA today. Ignatius Capella, Minorcan, has just won in France against the Frenchman Yazid Chouchane (10-4-0). He knocked him out. A triumph that allows you to advance in the PFL Europe tournament and seek the $100,000 prize… as well as qualification for the million dollar tournament in the States. After his feat on French soil, he visits MARCA and ‘El Último Asalto’.

“It is difficult for me to define myself as one of the best in Spain but I have the power to KO there, and I think I’m becoming a difficult fighter to beat. I have my weapons there, I’m getting better and better and smoothing out my rough edges more and more,” he starts. He doesn’t boast… although he could. He is one of the PFL’s ‘winning’ prospects.

It’s hard for me to define myself as one of the best in Spain, but I have the power to knock out there, and I think I’m becoming a difficult fighter to beat.

Ignatius Capella

And his eight victories confirm it. Hero of the Spanish after conquering France, he only lost in his first fight as a professional: against Wilson Varela. Having gone two years without fighting has not stopped him: “I went two years without competing. I wanted to fight. It seemed like they were going to close a fight for me and in the end they didn’t. Then I had a fight and I got injured…I have had some managers who Maybe they haven’t dedicated the time to me that they should have, and in the end I have changed.

Ignacio Capella poses before his fight in PFL.

Objective to reign in PFL

After beating Chouchane, he is now waiting to face a new rival. He continues to advance in a continental PFL tournament in which winning puts you in the spotlight: $100,000 final prize for winning three fights in a 10-month process. Next up, in Glasgow, will be the Englishman Connor Hughes (9-1-0).

“I will arrive at my peak and I will bring the belt to Spain,” he warns. If he wins the European tournament, with the final in December, he would win the right to participate in the next million-euro world PFL. A tournament in style in the United States.

I will arrive at my peak and I will bring the belt to Spain

Ignatius Capella

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“Dan Hardy loved my way of fighting and bet on me in PFL,” he recalls about the boss of the second largest MMA company after the UFC. PFL bought the Bellator structure, which was the alternative to the UFC in its day. They signed Ngannou, they have a deal with the Paul brothers and there is the million-dollar tournament.

Ignacio Capella poses for MARCA.

“In the end, many will fight for fame… but it is a job. You fight for money too. It is true that the UFC, if you are not the star and the one who sells the PPVs, they are not going to pay you any fortune. Here from below they do offer you that option. And people are starting to think: ‘why not PFL?'” defends Capella.

In the end, many will fight for fame… but it is a job. Fights for money too

Ignatius Capella

“It will come to the same thing,” he says without hesitation. And he justifies it: “People are very familiar with the UFC, but when people start to see that there is also a level in the PFL… in the end you will analyze the quality of the fight and the fighter, not the company itself. Although UFC is always UFC… PFL is like UFC for me. In it was the largest MMA event ever held, with 20,000 people in the Accor Arena. And that was incredible. Being there, in the epicenter… when you come from fighting in seedy places. “I have had a lot of sports and that was tremendous.”

People are very familiar with the UFC, but when people start to see that there is also a level in the PFL… in the end you will analyze the quality of the fight and the fighter, not the company itself.

Ignatius Capella

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