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Impa Kasanganay Sets Sights on Dual Championships, Eyes Bellator’s Finest



Fresh off his triumph as the 2023 PFL light heavyweight champion, Impa Kasanganay has set his sights on an ambitious goal – holding titles in two prestigious MMA promotions simultaneously.


Kasanganay's victory over Josh Silveira at the 2023 PFL Championships not only secured him the coveted $1 million season prize but also catapulted him into a potential superfight against a champion from newly acquired rival promotion Bellator.


With PFL lacking a middleweight class, the 29-year-old fighter, who has showcased his skills across multiple weight divisions, stands poised to challenge either Vadim Nemkov, Bellator's light heavyweight champ with a record of 16-2, or Johnny Eblen, undefeated at 14-0 and reigning as the middleweight kingpin.


In an interview on the red carpet at the 15th Annual World MMA Awards, Kasanganay expressed his eagerness for the challenge, stating, 


“Nemkov or Eblen: It could be both – I’ll fight both of them in one night. Whatever’s best. It would be great to be a double champ in two organizations."


While unsure about the specific opponent, Kasanganay is open to facing either Nemkov or Eblen, emphasizing his desire to achieve a historic feat by becoming a dual champion across promotions.


Speaking of his post-victory plans, Kasanganay remains grounded despite the substantial financial gain from winning the PFL season, focusing on responsible financial management and ensuring stability for his family.


“I want to be smart, save my money, live wealthy and live life and do what I want to do,” Kasanganay affirmed. “Put the money in the right place and take care of my family. … Nothing crazy. I just want to be smart with my money.”


As he revels in the glory of his PFL triumph, Kasanganay sets his sights on the next challenge – a potential showdown with a Bellator champion. With determination in his eyes and a hunger for more gold, the MMA world eagerly awaits to see if Kasanganay can carve his name into the annals of history as a two-promotion champion.

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