Ed Ruth's Bellator signing puts spotlight on UFC's Reebok deal
"I've been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator." Ruth said. "They're signing the top talent, they're putting on exciting fights, and they're letting me secure my own sponsors."
The issue of fighter sponsorship jumped to the forefront of MMA's collective conscious earlier this year when it was announced that MMA's flagship promotion, the UFC, would be signing an exclusive apparel deal with Reebok. The deal will make Reebok the UFC’s official uniform provider and will pay each fighter anywhere from $5,000-$40,000 per fight, depending on championship standing and tenure.
Three-time NCAA wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic hopeful Ed Ruth signs with Bellator
Three-time NCAA wrestling champion and 2016 Olympic hopeful Ed Ruth has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, according to promotion officials.
Ruth, 25, is focused on representing the U.S. in the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro as a freestyle wrestler, but has previously revealed an interest in mixed martial arts.
Ed Ruth has aspirations of Olympic gold, and then "MMA gold." He has trained in MMA alongside former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Hunter Martin/Getty Images
On Monday, Ruth confirmed his signing with Bellator in a released statement.
"I've known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going to get some MMA gold for my waist," Ruth stated.
Ruth is the only three-time NCAA champion to ever come out of Penn State. He finished his collegiate career with an overall record of 136-3.
Rafael Nunes says injury, illness takes him out of ONE Championship 27 vs. Eddie Ng
Rafael Nunes was anxious to get back to work since sitting on the sidelines since this past July. But now he’ll have to wait a little longer.
Nunes (10-1) was set to face Eddie Ng (7-2) later this month at ONE Championship 27. Instead, an injury and illness has knocked him out of the fight, he told MMAjunkie.
Nunes said a clavicle injury happened first, but it wouldn’t necessarily have kept him from the lightweight bout. But then the Brazilian came down with dengue fever, he said – a mosquito-borne virus.
UFC Fight Night 65 post-fight facts: Stipe Miocic's 361 total strikes set UFC record
After a record-setting night of finishes during the UFC’s previous event in Australia, UFC Fight Night 65 turned out to be a worthy encore and produced 10 stoppages in 12 fights at Adelaide Entertainment Center.
A first-round knockout opened Saturday’s card, but Stipe Miocic (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) closed it out with a drawn-own beatdown of Mark Hunt (10-10-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) in the heavyweight main event. It was a noncompetitive bout in which Miocic battered Hunt with a record amount of strikes before the referee stepped in to award the TKO win in Round 5.
Miocic wasn’t the only one to make history in Adelaide, though. Check out 50 post-fight facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 65...
Instead of asking Mark Hunt if he wanted to stop, officials should have forced him to
In retrospect, the doctor should have been a clue. The doctor meant well. The doctor was a great big red flag.
It happened between the fourth and fifth rounds in the headliner of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 65 event at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Standing over the series of misshapen lumps that had very recently resembled Mark Hunt, this cageside doctor leaned in close and asked, “Mark, can you honestly see?”
UFC Fight Night 65: Hunt vs Miocic - Weigh-In Results
UFC Fight Night 65: Hunt vs. Miocic Weigh-in Results
Main Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
Stipe Miocic (243) vs. Mark Hunt (266)
-Brad Tavares (184) vs. Robert Whittaker (185)
-Anthony Perosh (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (205)
-Jake Matthews (155) vs. James Vick (156)
Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)
-Hatsu Hioki (146) vs. Daniel Hooker (145)
-Kyle Noke (170) vs. Jonavin Webb (170)
-Daniel Kelly (186) vs. Sam Alvey (185)
-Bec Rawlings (115) vs. Lisa Ellis (115)
-Dylan Andrews (185) vs. Brad Scott (185)
-Alex Chambers (115) vs. Kailin Curran (116)
-Vik Grujic (170) vs. Brandan O’Reilly (170)
-Alptekin Ozkilic (126) vs. Ben Nguyen (126)