Report: Jungle Fight Champ Jonas Bilharinho Turned Down Bellator Offer
By FCF Staff
It looks as though Bellator was interested in adding Jungle Fight champ Jonas Bilharinho to its roster, but the bantamweight reportedly turned the promotion down.
According to a new report, Bilharinho has elected to keep fighting with Jungle Fight for the time being, so that he can secure a deal with the UFC, if and when it’s offered. The undefeated fighter recently told MMA Fighting.com:
“I declined (the offer) for two reasons. I have a fight coming up at Jungle Fight and I know how important that is for the promotion. I respect Wallid Ismail and I would never do something like that to him. Secondly, everybody knows that I always wanted to go to the UFC, so I’m really waiting for an offer from them.”
The 24 year-old fighter, who also goes by “Speed”, also added that Bellator’s offer was “good”.
Bilharinho won Jungle Fight’s title in March, by scoring a split decision win over Mario Israel. The Brazilian fighter has gone 5-0-1 to date.