Scott Coker revealed last week that Bellator MMA was getting back into the business of women’s mixed martial arts.
On Thursday, the promotion revealed its third addition to the new women’s featherweight roster: Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout Talita Nogueira. “Treta” joins Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd in the promotion’s newly minted division.
"Joining Bellator is like a dream come true,” Nogueira said via press release. “Since I began my MMA career I wanted to compete in a promotion like Bellator, so I want to thank Scott and Rich [Chou] for bringing back women’s MMA to Bellator, and I promise I will train harder than anyone to put on entertaining fights for Bellator.”
The 28-year-old Brazilian holds a professional record of 6-0, with her last fight coming in December of 2013. Nogueira competed four times from November 2009 to November 2010 before stepping away to focus exclusively on jiu-jitsu. She returned to the cage last year and has since posted two submission triumphs.
“We are always excited when we can bring in a talent like Talita to the organization,” Coker said. “This is just the beginning for women’s MMA here at Bellator. We want to make a very serious commitment to this division, and this is just the start.”