Bellator signs BJJ black belt Ricardo Tirloni

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Bellator Fighting Championships has managed to sign yet another high quality fighter to their burgeoning lightweight roster, BJJ black belt Ricardo Tirloni (13-1).

Out of his 13 victories, Tirloni has finished 11; six via submission, five by way of knockout. He holds notable wins over UFC veteran Brian Cobb and WEC veteran Anthony Morrison.

Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on Tirloni’s addition to their lightweight roster:

“Our objective is to sign the most talented fighters possible from every corner of the globe and Ricardo Tirloni certainly fits that bill. Our lightweight division is turning into one of our deepest weight classes, and Ricardo should have great impact on that already stacked division.”

Tirloni’s only defeat was a 2007 submission loss to former WEC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. Since then, he has strung together 10 straight victories, most recently scoring a first round head kick knockout of Mauro Chalet at “Centurion Mixed Martial Arts 2” last month in Brazil.

Born in Brazil himself, the 28-year-old Tirloni currently trains alongside Bellator featherweight Nazareno Malegarie under the watchful eye of UFC veteran Thiago Tavares as part of Team Ataque Duplo in Florianópolis, Brazil.

There is no word yet when Tirloni will make his Bellator debut or who he may face.