Another of top ranked fighter has decided to end their run with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and sign with Bellator.
Yes, Bellator is reporting that the promotion has signed Gegard Mousasi to a multi-fight deal, after the renowned fighter entered free agency this past spring. The 31 year-old Mousasi joins Bellator having won five straight fights, and with a record of 42-6-2.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Gegard to the growing Bellator family,” Bellator President Scott Coker was quoted saying in the official announcement. “He’s one of the most well-rounded fighters in all of MMA and can compete in multiple divisions, so that really opens up some exciting matchmaking opportunities for us and for the fans. We’re looking forward to having him compete on Spike very soon.”
“I am looking forward to fighting in Bellator,” added Mousasi. “I have a long-standing relationship with Scott Coker that goes back many years. Be ready, I am coming after the Bellator middleweight championship.”
No financial terms of the deal were disclosed, but this is another big signing for Bellator. While Mousasi wasn’t one of the UFC’s biggest draws, he was one of their best middleweights, and is certainly an entertaining fighter to watch.
In recent months, Bellator has signed other fighters like Ryan Bader, Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson and Phil Davis, among others, who were contenders in the UFC.