Bellator MMA has added yet another decorated wrestler to their roster recently, as the fight promotion company signed three-time NCAA Division II champion Romero Cotton, who is predicted to fight under the middleweight division.
The 26-year-old wrestler is just finishing up his psych degree at the University of Nebraska and is hoping to make his professional MMA debut by 2017. During his years as a collegiate wrestler, Cotton piled in a 66-10 record for his alma mater winning three championships at 197 pounds, while earning an All-American status four times.
“Having an opportunity to be part of a promotion like Bellator so early in my MMA career is one that I am thankful for,” Cotton shared. “Being that I’m just starting out in the sport I thought it would be two or three years of grinding and working my way up the ladder before reaching a company of this magnitude.”
When he makes his way to the Bellator MMA ring next year, Cotton will be joining other elite wrestlers like Aaron Pico, Joey Davis, Jarod Trice, Tyrell Fortune and Ed Ruth who have all made the jump from wrestling to MMA.
“Having seen how Bellator’s recent string of wrestlers have been treated and performed, I’m honored to be the latest and there’s nothing I’m looking forward to more than showing the world my skills that I’ve acquired throughout my life not only as a wrestler, but as an athlete,” Cotton stated in his announcement. “Now, I move onto the next phase of my career and will continue to develop into a well-rounded fighter.”
Last month, Bellator MMA had also singed UFC veteran Kevin Casey, who was one of the casualties of a recent round of talent cuts by Bellator’s rival company. He is also targeting a 2017 debut, hoping to make it to the undercard fight for the Bellator 170 event on January 21.
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