Bellator has bolstered its flourishing flyweight division.
The company announced Friday the signing of six different fighters all from different countries; including the first Chinese and Turkish female stars to sign to a major MMA promotion.
China’s Na Liang (6-0) has finished in all of her wins; all but one in the first round. Her most notable win is over the then undefeated Barbara Nalepka this past December.
Turkish Kickboxer Sabriye Şengül will make MMA debut in Bellator, having went 6-1 in kickboxing. We won’t be surprised if she also fights for Bellator Kickboxing.
The past week saw the reports that UFC vet and Canadian Valérie Létourneau and Bellator made it official. Currently 8-6, she was on a four fight win streak before losing a five round war with UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She is coming off a close split decision loss to Viviane Pereira.
Undefeated Kristi Lopez (2-0) is the lone American signing out of the group. The California based fighter was featured on Oxygen’s “Living Different” in 2014 before taking a year off due to injury.
Alejandra Lara (6-1) looks to make her home country of Columbia proud. The fight has finished in all of her wins, and her lone loss came from fellow Colombian Sabina Mazo. Lara is teammates with UFC stars Alexa Grasso and Irene Aldana.
Rounding out the signees is Juliana Velasquez (6-0). Out of the Nogueira Borthers camp, she has wins over Brazilian vets Priscila de Souza and Elaine Albuquerque.
The promotion also laid down a promise to crown a champion by the end of 2017. With nearly 20 fighters in the division and some credible contenders, Bellator may have a new marquee division in the years ahead.