This victory will prove to be a vital one for the fighter, because it has lead to the promotion signing him to a multi-fight contract according to MMA Fighting. The report doesn’t state how many the fights the contract is for or any financial numbers associated with the deal. Kauppinen has actually competed twice in the promotion, with his other bout being a second round submission loss to Walter Gahadza at Bellator 200.
Kauppinen is a competitor who is known for finishing fights, with just one of his fifteen professional MMA bouts going the distance. That lone fight that went to distance happened in July of 2010, which was a loss to Ali Arish at Ultimate Cage Championships 2.
Despite the victory at Bellator 211, it has actually been a bad 2018 for Kauppinen, who lost two of the three bouts he competed at in this calendar year.
There is no word at this time as to when the newly signed Kauppinen will return to the Bellator cage or whom that opponent is going to be when that happens.