There is no doubt that Ultimate Fighting Championship has the best collection of fighters in mixed martial arts. As the new owners continue to clean house and release fighters from their contracts, however, that is leaving the free agent market as deep as it has ever been and Bellator has taken advantage of that.
Top-ranked welterweight Lorenz Larkin did not remain unemployed long after his removal from the UFC roster earlier this month despite being ranked amongst the best of the welterweights. The Press Enterprise is reporting that Larkin has inked a deal with Viacom-owned Bellator; Larkin assures his new bosses that he will be leaving it all in the cage every single time he steps in there, just like he has in the UFC:
“They can expect me to get in there and fight my ass off like I always do. I feel like I’m in a great time in my life. I have an organization and a city behind me and what else do I need?”
“It’s been a long process, I didn’t expect it to be that long. I wanted someone to get behind me and have some faith that I can deliver and I can be an asset to wherever I go and that’s what I felt like with Bellator. They pretty much checked off all the things that I was looking for.”