Sam Sicilia was cut by the UFC a short time ago and now the fighter has landed on his feet, having signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA.
The former UFC fighter wants people to know that moving from the UFC to Bellator MMA is not a step backwards in any way.
“It’s really not a step backwards,” Sicilia said to MMA Junkie. “It’s a different company, but you still get a shot at beating the big guys and being in the big fights. A lot of guys are moving there. It just feels like a good fit to be around. It’s still the big fight. That’s the biggest thing for me: It’s still on the big stage.”
Sicilia spent over five years in the UFC, earning victories over Cristiano Marcello, Godofredo Pepey, Aaron Philips, Akira Corassani and Yaotzin Meza.
Despite leaving the UFC on a three fight losing streak, the fighter feels that he good get back on track in Bellator MMA.
“I’ve just been staying in the gym, and I really feel like now I’m ready to compete at the highest level,” Sicilia said. “I won’t be a guy that just simply exists in Bellator and go back to the win-lose-win-lose. I’m ready now to put it all together and get this winning streak going.”
There is no debut date or opponent set yet for Sicilia and Bellator MMA. The newly signed Bellator MMA fighter joins other top promotional signings like Frank Mir, Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader, Ben Henderson and others.