Former Bellator Title Challenger Marcin Held Announces UFC Deal

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 30, 2016


Bellator MMA lightweight Marcin Held announced on Tuesday that he has signed with the UFC.

The news is not especially surprising, as the Polish submission specialist became a free agent earlier this month and expressed his desire to join the Las Vegas-based promotion. Held did not reveal exact terms of the deal. It is currently unknown when Held will make his Octagon debut.

The 24-year-old made his Bellator debut in March 2011, falling to Michael Chandler via arm-triangle choke. He would go on to compile an 11-3 mark in the California-based promotion but come up short in a 155-pound title bid against Will Brooks at Bellator 145, dropping a five-round verdict.

Held is 22-4 as a professional overall with 12 wins via submission and four by KO/TKO. He owns notable triumphs over the likes of Dave Jansen, Alexander Sarnavskiy, Patricky Freire, Derek Anderson, Rich Clementi and Phillipe Nover, to name a few.

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