Bellator Signs Four Time World Sambo Champ Vitaly Minakov
CHICAGO, Ill. (June 14, 2012) â€” The heavyweight additions continue for Bellator Fighting Championships as the promotion has added the undefeated Vitaly Minakov to the heavyweight ranks. Minakov joins Bellator fresh off a vicious knockout of Bellator veteran Eddie Sanchez, and is ready to take his talents stateside and compete with the worldâ€™s best fighters.
â€œBecoming a Bellator fighter means that all my hard work in the gym and training has all paid off,â€ Minakov said. â€œIt means myself and my entire team were working in the right direction, and we did everything right.â€
Undefeated at 8-0, the four-time World Sambo Champion boasts an outstanding ground game to complement a striking game that has earned the improving Minakov three knockout wins in his last four victories.
A member of the RusFighters Sports Club headed by Alexei Zhernakov, Minakov is set to make his Bellator debut shortly and already has his sights set on a future Bellator Heavyweight Tournament.
â€œWith my current training regimen, I feel like I am fully prepared for a future Bellator Tournament,â€ Minakov said. â€œI want everyone to know that Iâ€™m not here just to â€˜take partâ€™ in a Bellator Tournament, but to win it all and become a Bellator Champion.â€
â€œThere has been tremendous buzz about Vitaly worldwide,â€ said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. â€œHe has an incredible Sambo background and a very solid stand up game. His potential after just eight fights is very high and we are excited to have him joining Bellator.â€
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
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