Bellator’s roster continues to fill up with established UFC veterans, as news is surfacing Monday that Diego Nunes has signed with the growing promotion. The Brazilian publication Ataque Total was the first to report the signing, and MMA Junkie.com has reportedly confirmed with sources close to the organization that indeed, Nunes is Bellator bound.
Nunes was working his way into the title shot mix at 145 in the UFC, before he dropped a unanimous decision loss to Kenny Floria at UFC 131 in June, 2011. The defeat ended a three fight win streak the Brazilian had put together by scoring wins over Raphael Assuncao, Mike Brown and Tyler Toner. Since facing Florian, however, Nunes has gone 2-2, and following a UD loss versus Nik Lentz at UFC on FX 7 in January he was let go by the UFC (which probably surprised a few people at the time).
While Nunes (18-4) has been inconsistent more recently, he’s a tough and well rounded fighter who Bellator could do a nice job of marketing, if he scores a couple of wins. In other words, while this isn’t as big as Bellator’s signing of “Rampage” Jackson–considering the light-heavyweight’s resume and profile– it’s another solid addition.
Bellator hasn’t made any announcement regarding the signing, and there’s no word at this juncture as to whether Nunes will compete in a featherweight tourney first.
(Update: Nunes has also confirmed the signing via his Twitter acccount)
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