Liverpool native and former UFC veteran Terry Etim's long-awaited debut with Bellator has finally been confirmed.
He fights on the undercard of Bellator 106, the promotion's first PPV in it's history, headlined by two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Etim was cut from the Zuffa promotion after back-to-back loses. The first was to Brazilian Muay Thai expert Edson Barboza, where he was KO'd by a devastating wheel kick. This was followed by a very surprising loss almost a year later to another Brazilian, Renee Forte, by unanimous decision in London. Etim (15-5) meets Patrick Cenoble, who poses a 9-2 record.
The Scouser, who trains out of Team Kaobon in his hometown, has struggled throughout his career with injuries and this fight is no different. It's his first fight in what will be almost nine months come November 2nd.
He has been and still is regarded as one of Britain's greatest talents. He has exceptional stand up, competing with Edson Barboza fully until the third round KO and amazing Jui-Jitsu finishing 11 of his 15 fights by submission.
If Etim could say fit, he could have a real chance in the Lightweight tournament. He's been lined up to fight UFC veteran Joe Lauzon several times which portrays his talent.
His fight is live and free on SPIKE TV and hopefully he'll put in an impressive performance to qualify for the next Bellator Lightweight tournament.
Etim's fellow training partners and natives Paul Sass and Mark Scanlon have also signed for the company and are expected to make their debut soon.
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