Report Reveals Bellator Has Released More Than 20 Fighters

A recent report from Jason Floyd has revealed Bellator has let go of over two-dozen fighters from contracts.

The list of fighters no longer under contract with Bellator included 11 fighters who have lost on shows since the promotion’s return due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

This included Vinicius Zani, Shawn Bunch, Mike Kimbel, Ricky Bandejas, AJ Agazarm, Derek Campos, Salim Mukhidinov, George Tokkos, Rafael Carvalho, Roy Nelson and Rudy Schaffroth.

While most fighters on the list had lost recently, there were three who won in their last Bellator appearances. Cris Lencioni, Ion Pascu and Frank Mir were all successful in their last Bellator fights despite being released.

The list included many fighters who haven’t competed in the past few years or since the promotion’s reboot.

Joe Warren, Manny Vazquez, Adil Benjilany, Daniel Crawford, Jeremiah Labiano, Mihail Nica, Richard Kiely, David Rickels, Joe Schilling, Kristina Williams and Hatice Ozyurt were a part of the list.

The list of releases is one that includes many names who have been in the main event of shows. The most recent among the list is Bandejas, who lost a headlining bout to Sergio Pettis in July. He returned once since then, losing a bout to Leandro Higo.

The official release of Rickels, also known as “The Caveman,” sees the departure from one of the promotions longer-tenured fighters. Rickels made his Bellator debut in 2011, defeating Dylan Smith at Bellator 40.

Rickels attained 15 wins and six losses in his Bellator career. He took a bare-knuckle boxing fight outside of the promotion earlier in October, defeating Cliff Wright via decision at BKFC 13.

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