Bellator is in the news again this week, and it’s for another signing, as the promotion has brought Chris Leben out of retirement….
Bellator President Scott Coker appeared on “Inside MMA” last night, and right out of the gate, he announced they’ve signed the 35 year-old fighter. Coker had this to say about the signing (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“He’s got some physicals to pass, but pending the passing of all his physicals, he’ll be a Bellator fighter,” Coker said. “From the very beginning, we made a public statement that we’re looking for the best free agents that make the most sense for our roster. … We have a great roster in place, we’re building fighters from the ground up, and when the free agents we want are available, we’ll go after them, as well.”
Leben will be returning to the cage for the first time since 2013, when he was stopped by Uriah Hall. The powerful slugger is coming out of retirement not long after he finished a short jail sentence, related to a break-and-enter incident last year.
Bellator also signed former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson this week, and accomplished heavyweight fighter Sergei Kharitonov.