Bellator has signed yet another standout collegiate wrestler.
On Monday, the promotion announced that it signed three-time Division II NCAA wrestling champion Romero Cotton to an exclusive multi-fight contract. The 26-year old is currently focused on completing his psychology degree at Nebraska Kearny University but is expected to make his debut sometime in 2017 in the middleweight division.
Cotton, who also played football throughout his collegiate career, is a four-time All American and ended his amateur wrestling career with a 66-10 record.
“Having an opportunity to be part of a promotion like Bellator so early in my MMA career is one that I am thankful for,” he said. “Being that I'm just starting out in the sport I thought it would be two or three years of grinding and working my way up the ladder before reaching a company of this magnitude.
“Having seen how Bellator's recent string of wrestlers have been treated and performed, I'm honored to be the latest and there's nothing I'm looking forward to more than showing the world my skills that I've acquired throughout my life not only as a wrestler, but as an athlete. Now, I move onto the next phase of my career and will continue to develop into a well-rounded fighter.”
Cotton joins several other amateur wrestling prospects to be signed by Bellator including the likes of Aaron Pico, Ed Ruth, and Joey Davis.