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Ronnie Mann expected to fill slot in “Summer Series” tournament

Assuming he checks out medically after last night’s action, the next time British sensation Ronnie Mann steps foot inside the Bellator ring it will be as part of a field competing this summer in hopes of an opportunity at featherweight champion Joe Warren’s belt.

Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the likelihood of Mann’s participation in the promotion’s planned “Summer Series” with Bellator officials. Announced last week, the “Summer Series” is a special three-show offering between seasons starting on June 25 with Bellator 46 and featuring lightweight tournament finalist Pat Curran as one of the eight 145ers vying for a title shot.

The only potential roadblock relates to Mann’s health after dominating Josh Arocho for fifteen minutes at Bellator 42. While no official medical suspension information has been released yet, Mann did at least suffer some swelling to his elbow which he jokingly referred to has damage from it being hit with Arocho’s face so many times on his Twitter page.

The 24-year old “Kid Ninja” looked crisp on his feet against Arocho though did the bulk of his work from top, battering his opponent’s face with vicious ground-and-pound with the occasional submission attempt worked in. The impressive performance improved Mann’s overall record to 19-2-1 and was his third consecutive victory.


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