Miguel Berchelt: I'm Sending A Message
To The Lightweight Division!"
This is a time of firsts for Mexican star Miguel "El Alacran"
Berchelt. The former WBC super featherweight world champion
is now campaigning as a lightweight and will begin his quest
to become a two-weight world champion Saturday against
Jeremiah Nakathila in the 10-round main event at Resorts
World Las Vegas.
Berchelt also moved his training camp from Mexico to Las
Vegas to work with a new head trainer, Jorge Capetillo. The
Nakathila bout will be his first since his title reign ended
via brutal knockout at the hands of Oscar Valdez in February
2021. Berchelt (38-2, 34 KOs) made six successful defenses
of the title he won in January 2017, and he hopes the
Nakathila fight is the start of a fruitful lightweight
Berchelt spent camp training alongside UFC star Brandon
Moreno, the first Mexican-born champion in the
organization's history. He ran the Mount Charleston roads
and had access to more world-class sparring than ever
before. This is what Berchelt had to say as he readies to
tackle the lightweight elite.
"This will be a great comeback. I am very happy and excited
to be the first athlete to bring a sporting event to Resorts
World Las Vegas. I am ready to make my debut at 135 pounds
against a great opponent like Jeremiah Nakathila. I'm going
to put on a spectacular show for my people, and I'm sending
a message to the lightweight division. They must contend
"My goal is to become world champion at lightweight. It will
not be easy because I know that at 135 pounds there are a
lot of great fighters. Most importantly, I have the desire
and the potential to be crowned once again as world
About training alongside the first Mexican champ in UFC
"It motivated me to train with Brandon Moreno. The truth is
that he is a great person, and he has done amazing things to
raise the Mexican flag very high. Right now, we are training
together, and I feel very happy to be his training partner.
We are both working hard to continue representing Mexico
with great pride."
About moving his training camp to Las Vegas to train with
"The experience of changing my training camp to Las Vegas
with coach Jorge Capetillo has been very good. In this city,
there are many champions, and I think that God brought me
here for a reason. There are many styles of sparring
partners, which I was not able to find in Mexico. It has
also been a great experience to run up Mount Charleston. I
think all these changes are for the best, and we are ready
to return to the ring with a big win!"