UPDATED: Former Sengoku Champ Marlon Sandro Signs with Bellator Fighting Championships

Marlon Sandro

Bellator Fighting Championships on Wednesday announced the signing of former Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro to a multi-fight deal.

Sandro brings with him an impressive 17-2 overall record, and a devastating style that has led to many knockout and submission victories.

His only two losses come from Top 10 opponents in the form of a split decision loss to Michihiro Omigawa and current Sengoku featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki.

Sandro joins the Bellator featherweight division, but will not participate in the upcoming Season 4 tournament.

“Marlon Sandro is a phenomenal talent at 145,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Our featherweight division is absolutely stacked and Sandro pushes that talent pool to an even higher level, I’m thrilled to have him on board.”

There’s been no word about when Sandro will debut.

He is one of many Sengoku fighters that have recently signed on with other promotions. Despite an initial report to the contrary, however, MMAWeekly.com has since confirmed that, unlike several other of those fighters, Sandro is still under contract with Sengoku, while the Japanese promotion’s future remains cloudy.

(UPDATED at 10 a.m. PT on Feb. 23, 2011, to reflect that Sandro is still under contract with Sengoku.)