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13-1 lightweight Ricardo Tirloni signs with Bellator

Well-rounded Brazilian lightweight Ricardo Tirloni will look for his eleventh straight victory later this year when he debuts under the Bellator banner after recently signing with the organization in hopes of eventually earning a crack at Eddie Alvarez’s championship.

Bellator announced the 13-1 Tirloni’s signing earlier today through a press release where CEO Bjorn Rebney explained the 28-year old “fit the bill” in terms of the promotion’s quest to add the top prospects from around the world.

Tirloni is a BJJ blackbelt but actually has five TKOs alongside his six submissions meaning the teammate of Bellator featherweight Nazareno Malegarie is a threat to stop opponents with strikes as well. Eight of his wins have come in the opening round of action including victories over WEC veteran Anthony Morrison and journeyman Brian Cobb. His only loss occurred more than three years ago to former WEC title-holder Ben Henderson.

His addition deepens a growing lightweight pool already featuring the likes of talented fighters such as Patricky “Pitbull” Freire, Rad Martinez, Marcin Held, and recent tournament winner Michael Chandler.


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