Bellator has made a major signing as former UFC fighter Corey Anderson reportedly inked a deal with the promotion.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN first reported the signing on Friday. The length of the contract and any financial numbers associated win the deal have yet to be revealed. Helwani also reported that Anderson, who had multiple fights left on his UFC contract, asked for his release.
Anderson (13-5-0) picked up 10 wins under the UFC banner. Notable victories include: Jan Blachowicz, Fabio Maldonado, Tom Lawlor, Sean O’Connell, Patrick Cummins, Glover Teixeira, Ilir Latifi and Johnny Walker. Anderson was the light-heavyweight winner of the Ultimate Fighter 19, defeating Matt Van Buren in the finals. Anderson held a 3-0-0 record before his UFC debut.
There is no word yet on when Anderson will make his Bellator debut. "Overtime" will enter a weight class currently ruled by another UFC veteran, Ryan Bader.