While many believed that Talita Nogueira would become the latest addition to the UFC’s bantamweight division, the undefeated prospect has officially joined the newly relaunched featherweight division in Bellator.
Bellator MMA announced the news on Thursday afternoon.
Top 10 Featherweight, Talita Nogueira the latest addition to the #BellatorMMA Women’s Division http://t.co/rRBYUZCT1V pic.twitter.com/AZkA1D2bSn
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) August 21, 2014
Apart from her notable achievements as a jiu-jitsu blackbelt, Nogueira is also 6-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and is motivated to add to those wins in her new home.
“Joining Bellator is like a dream come true,” Nogueira said. “Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator so I want to thank Scott and Rich for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”
Nogueira joins the likes of Invicta FC veteran Julia Budd and former Strikeforce champion Marloes Connen in the newly re-established featherweight division in Bellator. The organization had removed WMMA last year but it now appears that Scott Coker is fully committed to establishing female-fighting in his promotion once again.
“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”
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