Bellator Signs Britain’s Rob Sinclair, Martin Stapleton, and Paul Sass
Bellator has announced that it has added three British lightweights to its roster, as Rob Sinclair, Martin Stapleton and former UFC competitor Paul Sass have signed with the promotion.
“Our talent development team does the best job in MMA by bringing hugely talented fighters to Bellator from around the globe,” Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney said in a press release from the promotion. “The number one question I get from fans is ‘when will a UK television deal be completed with Bellator?’ With these three signings, along with a roster already featuring the likes of Paul “Semtex” Daley, Ronnie Mann and Michael Page, we are setting the table for making Bellator an every week televised occurrence in the UK.”
Sass (13-2) went 3-2 during his run in the UFC. After winning his first three bouts via submission, the renowned grappler dropped his last two bouts to Danny Castillo and Matt Wiman.
“I’m incredibly excited to get the chance to compete with Bellator,” Sass said. “After meeting with their staff and having a clear understanding of what’s next, I can’t wait to get into the cage and get into my first tournament.”
Sinclair (12-2) has largely been competing for BAMMA as of late, where he went 4-0 during his time with the promotion.
“This is something I’ve wanted for a long time, but the timing has just never been right,” Sinclair said. “After meeting with Bellator and talking to guys like Paul Daley and Ronnie Mann, it really seemed like the perfect fit. This chance with Bellator will give me the opportunity to fully train and prepare for fight like I should, and with a full camp in place, the lightweights in Bellator better be on notice.”
Stapleton (12-1), meanwhile, has been fighting for Cage Contenders more recently and has won eight straight fights.
“This is an awesome opportunity for me to get a chance to show the world what I’m capable of, and not to sleep on a guy like me,” Stapleton said. “I’ve worked my ass off over the last few years for this exact opportunity, and I’m not going to let it get away from me. The lightweight division in Bellator is stacked, and it just got a little deeper with me.”
Although no specific details were given, as far as when the British fighters will make their promotional debuts, they will compete in the promotion’s upcoming fall season.