A new bantamweight division competitor is reportedly making his way to Bellator MMA as the promotion has signed Nikita Mikhailov to a contract.
Cageside Press first reported the news, but the length of the fighter’s contract or any financial numbers associated with the deal weren’t revealed at this time.
Mikhailov (6-1-0) enters the promotion while on the strength of a three fight winning streak, defeating the trio of Vadim Buseev, Sabit Zhusupov and Mukhammed Eminov. Mikhailov has suffered a single defeat as a professional MMA fighter and that came to Alexander Podlesniy at Champion #1 Fight Club in July of 2017. Mikhailov has competed a total of seven times as a professional MMA fighter and five of those bouts went to the judges scorecards. Mikhailov also hasn’t competed in almost a year, with his last bout taking place at Fight Nights Global 92 in April of 2019.
There is no word at this time as to when Mikhailov will make his promotional debut or whom that will come against. Mikhailov will also enter a weight class with no champion, as previous Bellator MMA Bantamweight Champion Kyoji Horiguchi relinquished the gold after suffering a knee injury.