Following a recent Rory MacDonald move to Bellator MMA, Marcin Held has gone the other way around after announcing that he will be joining the UFC in the lightweight division. Held’s Tweet, shown below, pictures the fighter signing his contract that makes him part of the UFC roster.
— Marcin Held (@MarcinHeld) August 30, 2016
The former Bellator fighter, who recently became a free agent, had already expressed interest to sign with the UFC early this month.
“Something ends, something begins…” posted Held on his official Facebook page, which can also be seen below (translated from Polish). “Today ended my adventure in Bellator, which started in 2010. I fought for Bellator 14 heavy and valuable fights-11 wins, 3 losses. I met a lot of fantastic people, saw some America and after 6 years it’s time to move on. Now what? (I) will inform you when I find a new employer. I can’t pretend that I’m hoping that this will be the UFC.”
And the UFC wasted no time immediately acquiring the athlete, who now poses to be a formidable threat in the contention for the lightweight belt.
Held’s last fight in Bellator was a decision win over Dave Jensen at Bellator 155, which saw him go to an impressive 11-3 record under the brand. He’s also only lost once in his last fight, beating the likes of Alexander Sarnavskiy, Patricky Freire, Derek Anderson, Rich Clementi and Phillipe Nover, among others.
His other achievements also include reaching the finals of two Bellator lightweight tournaments where he lost to Dave Jensen in the first, but won against Patricky Freire in the second. After the win against Freire, Held got a chance to win the title against Wil Brooks in November 2015 but lost via unanimous decision.
Marcin Held now follows two successful UFC fighters who have also come from Bellator MMA-UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Wil Brooks, who will be going up against Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night in October.
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