Blue-Chip Prospect Ed Ruth Drops to Welterweight for Next Bout at Bellator 196

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 20, 2018


Ed Ruth is dropping from middleweight to welterweight for his next Bellator MMA appearance.

Sherdog.com confirmed with a promotion official on Tuesday that Ruth will move to 170 pounds and face Laszlo Furko in a main card bout at Bellator 196. MMAjunkie.com first reported the bout. Bellator 196 takes place at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest Hungary on April 6 and is headlined by a lightweight clash between Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta.

A three-time NCAA wrestling champion at Penn State University, Ruth has been victorious in his first four professional appearances — all of which occurred under the Bellator MMA banner. Most recently, Ruth garnered a second-round knockout victory of Chris Dempsey at Bellator 186 on Nov. 3.

Furko is a native of Budapest who will be making his Bellator debut. The 28-year-old owns a 6-3 career mark, with all of his triumphs coming by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

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