Brandon Girtz, Roger Huerta Among Nine Fighters No Longer on Bellator Roster

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 20, 2021

Bellator MMA has parted ways with nine fighters, notably Brandon Girtz and Roger Huerta.

In addition to those two, the following athletes are also no longer on the California-based promotion’s roster: Callum Ellenor, Arbi Mezhidov, Frans Mlambo, Paul Redmond, Ryan Roddy, Richie Smullen and Gabriel Varga. confirmed the news with a promotion official on Monday following an initial report from It is unclear whether the aformentioned fighters were released or simply did not have their contracts renewed.

Girtz has been with Bellator since 2012, compiling an 8-8 mark over the course of his promotional tenure. During that time, he went 1-2 in an entertaining trilogy against Derek Campos and also posted wins over the likes of Saad Awad and Melvin Guillard.

Huerta, meanwhile, rose to fame in the UFC and even appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his fight with Leonard Garcia in April 2007. “El Matador” went 1-2 during a brief stint with Bellator in 2010 and returned in 2018, losing four consecutive fights against the likes of Benson Henderson, Patricky Freire, Sidney Outlaw and Christopher Gonzalez.

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