Sengoku Releases Ronnie Mann, Bellator Signs Him

The mass exodus of international fighters from the Sengoku roster continues…

Bellator Fighting Championships on Thursday announced that it has acquired the services of one of the Japanese fight promotion’s top featherweight competitors, Ronnie Mann.

Ronnie Mann and Tetsuya Yamada at Sengoku 7

Ronnie Mann and Tetsuya Yamada at Sengoku 7

The British fighter, with an 18-2-1 overall record, has spent the majority of his career fighting in England and, more recently, Japan. Mann won the Shark Fights featherweight title his last time out, which was September of 2010.

Sengoku has been releasing many of its top international fighters recently – including Mann, Jorge Santiago, and Dave Herman – in what is believed to be a restructuring effort.

Mann will not compete in the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, but will make his Bellator debut in the fourth season with an opportunity to take part in a future tournament, according to Bellator officials.

“Signing with Bellator is like a dream come true for me. I am more than excited for the opportunity to show fans what I’m capable of here in the United States,” said Mann.

“Trying to capture the Bellator World Featherweight Championship is absolutely my main goal. I don’t care how long it takes, that’s what I’m here to do.”

“Ronnie Mann is a great talent at 145.  We’ve been putting this alliance together for months and we’re very pleased that we Ronnie will be fighting at Bellator on MTV2,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Ronnie is at the top of his game right now and he will have impact on our deep featherweight division.”