Bellator signs three-time All American wrestler Jarod Trice

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Jarod Trice (center) after winning the Outstanding Wrestler Award alongside 2012 Olympic Coach J.J. Johnson (left) and U.S. National Greco-Roman Coach Matt Lindland (right). | Photo courtesy Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA has announced the signing of three-time All American wrestler Jarod Trice to an exclusive, multi-fight contract.

“We’re excited to be adding yet another world-class wrestling talent to our ever-growing roster of fighters here at Bellator,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker. “I’ve always taken great pride in our ability to identify and build stars in this business, and I have great confidence that we’ve found a gem in Jarod Trice.”

In addition to being a three-time All American, the Central Michigan University wrestler also won a National Title at 120 kg and two Greco Roman National Titles at 120 kg and 98 kg. He will compete in Bellator’s light heavyweight division and hopes to make his pro MMA debut by year’s end.

“Following in the footsteps of guys like [Ed] Ruth and [Tyrell] Fortune to Bellator MMA was a no brainer for me,” Trice said in a statement. “Scott Coker is a promoter that treats the fighters with so much respect, and dealing with him and his team through this signing process has been amazing. I’m really looking forward to fighting for Coker, the Bellator promotion, and for every wrestling and MMA fan out there before the end of the year. If you aren’t familiar with my name yet, you will be as soon as I get in that cage.”