These are the five fighters Bellator should sign now.
Bellator has yet to announce their 2021 schedule, and while fans wait impatiently for the announcements we’re sitting here wondering what, or more precisely who the company needs to sign in order to have the strongest possible year.
Part of that includes the ability to mix in young talent, name-brand talents in their prime, and legacy talent. That’s why these five fighters are on this list because they all bring something unique to the table for Bellator.
So let’s take a dive into what talent Bellator needs to bring in for 2021.
Five fighters Bellator needs to sign
Phil De Fries
The heavyweight champion of KSW is a much-needed signing for Bellator. The heavyweight division isn’t exactly the deepest and a signing like De Fries, a man who fought once before in Bellator, could give the division some zest. The submission oriented Brit is on a seven-fight win streak and is making a name for himself in the Polish-based promotion.
Melissa Martinez is listed as a strawweight, a division that Bellator hasn’t had in use in years, and hasn’t had a women’s champion in since 2013. It’s the forgotten division under Scott Coker’s reign. That doesn’t mean that Martinez would be brought in to re-start the division in earnest, as she could easily move up to face flyweight champion, Juliana Velasquez. Martinez is currently 7-0 with five KO/TKO’s and is competing under the Combates Americas banner.
Ben Sosoli has the best nickname in combat sports with “The Combat Wombat.” He’s a knockout artist, who has seven wins, six of which by KO/TKO. He’s relatively young at 31-years-old and is a nice development piece for the Bellator heavyweight division that is currently lacking many stars or relevant talents at this moment. Sosoli was plagued by bad luck in the UFC and with Bellator’s efforts to strengthen its international brand, Sosoli would be a nice fight for Bellator.
Only 27-years-old, Ray Borg has fought and beaten some of the best in the world. Yet, he was cut by the UFC. A flirtation with retirement happened but now the young fighter has options. The biggest issue with Borg is his ability to make weight, something that might be alleviated by moving him up to featherweight. He and the Pitbull brothers are relatively the same sizes, so it’s not out of question to think Borg could compete in a heavier division.
He’s only 24-years-old, has 20 wins, 11 KO/TKO’s, and five submissions. At welterweight, Naurdiev could be a real up and comer in a division that is quickly taking real shape. Especially once Douglas Lima and Yaroslav Amosov finally face off for the welterweight title.