Bellator MMA is branching out, announcing the acquisitions of three British fighters recently.
Rob Sinclair, Paul Sass and Martin Stapleton have all agreed to long-term deals with the promotion.
“Our talent development team does the best job in MMA by bringing hugely talented fighters to Bellator from around the globe,” Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney said. “The number one question I get from fans is ‘when will a UK television deal be completed with Bellator?’ With these three signings, along with a roster already featuring the likes of Paul “Semtex” Daley, Ronnie Mann and Michael Page, we are setting the table for making Bellator an every week televised occurrence in the UK.”
Sass is 13-2 in his career and holds victories over both Jacob Volkmann and Michael Johnson. He could make an appearance in a 2014 tournament, saying, “I’m incredibly excited to get the chance to compete with Bellator. After meeting with their staff and having a clear understanding of what’s next, I can’t wait to get into the cage and get into my first tournament.”
Sinclair is 33 and 12-2 in his career with 10 finishes. He has split his time training and working as an engineer and leaves BAMMA as the promotions champion to compete in Bellator. The BAMMA Twitter page stated he would be debuting in Bellator in September, and could return down the road to fight for the British promotion.
“This is something I’ve wanted for a long time, but the timing has just never been right,” Sinclair said. “After meeting with Bellator and talking to guys like Paul Daley and Ronnie Mann, it really seemed like the perfect fit. This chance with Bellator will give me the opportunity to fully train and prepare for fight like I should, and with a full camp in place, the lightweights in Bellator better be on notice.”
Stapleton is a former member of the Royal Marine Commando Unit. He won an eight-man, one-night tournament recently in his return to action.
“This is an awesome opportunity for me to get a chance to show the world what I’m capable of, and not to sleep on a guy like me,” Stapleton said. “I’ve worked my ass off over the last few years for this exact opportunity, and I’m not going to let it get away from me. The lightweight division in Bellator is stacked, and it just got a little deeper with me.”