After Bellator 210 win, Juan Archuleta plans drop to 135 – but ready for title shot in any division

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Juan Archuleta is no stranger to fighting in multiple weight classes.

After all, he won titles for King of the Cage in four separate divisions. (You read that right: Four. Separate. Divisions.)

This past Saturday, Archuleta (20-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) outworked a tough Jeremy Spoon (21-5 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) for a unanimous decision at featherweight on the Bellator 210 main card. But now Archuleta thinks he’ll go down to bantamweight next.

“I think I’ve done a great job at ’45s to solidify a title fight and show them what I’m worth,” Archuleta told MMAjunkie after his win over Spoon. “I’m not afraid to go to any weight class and fight for any belt. I think my next fight, I’m going to drop down to ’35 and leave it in the hands of Bellator, or leave it in the hands of the ‘Pitbull’ (Freire) Brothers, or whoever has the belt at ’45.

“I’m going to go down, make some noise at ’35 and let them know that I’m there.”

So if Bellator isn’t ready to give Archuleta a crack at Patricio Freire and the featherweight title right now, he’ll see if he can make a move on the bantamweight belt.

And if a title shot isn’t in the cards there in the foreseeable future?

“If that still doesn’t work, I’m going to go back up to ’55 and make some noise there and let them know that hey, we’re here to conquer,” Archuleta said. “It’s in my blood. It’s what I do – I’m a conquistador. It’s the road to El Dorado – the road to gold.”

Bellator 210 took place Friday at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Next up, Archuleta wouldn’t mind getting right back to work for a fight in his home state of California. Bellator 214 takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., next month.

“We have a fight in my backyard coming up Jan. 26,” Archuleta said. “I think the way to make the biggest noise right now dropping down to 135 is the guy who beat (James) Gallagher. He beat the loud mouth. He’s a star-studded guy right now, trains with a great camp – I think it would be a great fight with Ricky Bandejas.”

For more from Archuleta, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 210, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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