Bellator makes a couple of big Russian signings (Reports)

Daniel Cunningham
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: President of Bellator Scott Coker speaks onstage during the Bellator-DAZN announcement press conference on June 26, 2018 at Viacom in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Bellator MMA)

Bellator is in the news today for a couple of big signings that were reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. One of the big signings for the promotion was signing UFC vet Rustam Khabilov (24-4) to a multiple fight deal.

Bellator has been really aggressive lately in trying to build their talent base. Khabilov is a veteran of the sport, but he should be a top contender in Bellator‘s lightweight division. Khabilov last fought for the UFC in November.

Prior to signing with Bellator, Khabilov had gone 7-1 in his last eight fights with the UFC. His lone loss coming at the hands of Diego Ferreira last February. The most notable victory on Khabilov’s record was a victory over Jorge Masvidal back in 2013.

While it’s not the sexiest signing in the world, it’s still a big one for Bellator‘s lightweight division. In my opinion the biggest signing announcement came when the UFC’s lightweight champion announced the promotion had signed his undefeated cousin Usman Nurmagomedov (11-0).

Massive signing for Bellator

Many people in the industry thought that the UFC would sign Usman Nurmagomedov. However, it was Scott Coker and Bellator that swooped in and signed the undefeated Russian prospect. There are many that are extremely high on this kid.

At just 23 years old, Nurmagomedov has already 11 fights which include 10 victories coming by stoppage. Nurmagomedov has very good Muay Thai skills to go along with good grappling skills. Some have said he’s going to be better than his older cousin.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is considered by many to be the best fighter in the world. For some people to say that Usman is going to be better than Khabib is extremely high praise. The top prospect is expected to make his Bellator debut in December or January. Expect the fast track treatment for the top Russian lightweight.