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 3x NCAA Wrestling Champ Signs With Bellator, Not UFC - Citing Sponsors as One Reason

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PostSubject: 3x NCAA Wrestling Champ Signs With Bellator, Not UFC - Citing Sponsors as One Reason   Mon May 11, 2015 10:29 pm

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Three-time NCAA wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic hopeful Ed Ruth has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, according to promotion officials.

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The wrestling phenom has trained in MMA alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"I've been talking with all the major organizations and at the end of the day I really believe in what [president] Scott Coker is doing with Bellator," Ruth said. "They're signing the top talent, putting on exciting fights and letting me secure my own sponsors.




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PostSubject: Re: 3x NCAA Wrestling Champ Signs With Bellator, Not UFC - Citing Sponsors as One Reason   Tue May 12, 2015 9:15 am

I really think we are going to start seeing a pattern here. A lot of mid level fighters from the UFC will probably be heading over too.
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PostSubject: Re: 3x NCAA Wrestling Champ Signs With Bellator, Not UFC - Citing Sponsors as One Reason   Tue May 12, 2015 5:10 pm

Says he doesn't plan on fighting for a long time though (2016 Olympics, MMA some time after that). Sounds like Coker doesn't wanna wait and likely get into a bidding war for him.
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PostSubject: Re: 3x NCAA Wrestling Champ Signs With Bellator, Not UFC - Citing Sponsors as One Reason   Wed May 13, 2015 9:55 am

**Yawn** Coker signes some dude that isnt going to fight until 2017 if ever and tries to make it seem like its a revolution lol.
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