Former UFC welterweight Brian Foster has inked a new deal to compete in Bellator Fighting Championships and he’s gunning for Ben Askren.
Foster, who was 3-2 overall during his time with the UFC, left the promotion after a pre-fight medical test revealed a brain hemorrhage prior to his fight in April at UFC 129.
Following the removal from the card, Foster stayed inactive until doctors gave him medical clearance and he returned in early October and has since posted two more wins to his record.
Now the former HIT Squad fighter will move into Bellator with an 18-5 record overall and he’s hoping to get into title contention right away.
“I’m getting that belt. I want to fight the best. I want to fight Ben Askren and take home that belt. I ran through my last two opponents and I’m better than I’ve ever been. I’m very happy to be a part of Bellator and I’m coming for the top spot,” Foster said in a press release.
“I’ve been seen by two of the best doctors in the state, they’ve medically cleared me and I feel great. I’m looking forward to facing Bellator’s best and becoming the next welterweight champion.”
There’s been no word yet on when Foster will debut, but it’s likely he would be a participant in the next season’s welterweight tournament if he’s hoping to land a shot at Bellator champion Ben Askren in 2012.
Currently, Bellator is closing out their most recent welterweight tournament with a fight between another UFC veteran in Ben Saunders and former MFC champion Douglas Lima with the winner getting the next crack at Askren’s title.