Bellator Signs Unbeaten Brazilian Middleweight Bruno ‘Carioca’

By Sherdog.com Staff Sep 11, 2011
Bruno Santos could soon hunt for another oversized check. | Photo: Gleidson Venga



Bruno “Carioca” Santos will soon bring his talents and unblemished record stateside, as the Brazilian middleweight recently inked an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.

Sherdog.com confirmed Sunday with a source close to the situation that the deal between Bellator and Santos has been finalized. MMAJunkie.com first reported on Sept. 3 that the parties had reached a verbal agreement.

No date or opponent has been set for Santos’ North American debut. He will not be part of the promotion’s fifth-season middleweight tournament, the opening round of which takes place this Saturday in Hollywood, Fla.

The former 185-pound champion of Brazil’s Win Fight and Entertainment promotion, 24-year-old Santos has topped 12 consecutive opponents since beginning his career in December 2007. The stocky ground-and-pound specialist from Bahia has recorded his last eight victories by way of unanimous decisions, including a trio of grinding wins in Bitetti Combat’s one-night middleweight tournament on June 18.
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