by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Former UFC welterweight fighter Yoshiyuki Yoshida has signed a deal to compete in the Bellator Fighting Championships starting with a fight on September 31, with a chance to earn a slot in the upcoming Season 4 welterweight tournament.

Yoshida comes to Bellator after exiting the UFC with a 2-3 record, while picking up wins over Brandon Wolff and War Machine.

The Japanese Judoka had been rumored to flirt with the idea of dropping down to the lightweight division, but it looks like Bellator has intentions of using him in their 170lb weight class where champion Lyman Good currently reigns.

“For me, this is a new challenge,” said Yoshida. “There are many great fighters in Bellator so I am really looking forward to this opportunity. I really like American fans and it’s my dream to keep fighting in the States. After the September fight, my focus will be solely on winning the welterweight tournament. Until then, I’m taking this one fight at a time.”

According to the release from Bellator, there has been no opponent selected yet for Yoshida’s debut fight in September.