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OU 05-22-2013 03:51 PM

Bellator signs England's Martin Stapleton, Rob Sinclair and Paul Sass
 
http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...-and-paul-sass
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After a recent scouting trip to the United Kingdom, three top English fighters are heading to Bellator.

The organization today announced it has signed Martin Stapleton, Rob Sinclair and Paul Sass to long-term contracts, though terms of the deals weren't disclosed. Debut dates also haven't been announced, though tournament entries are possible.

According to the head of the company, this is likely a play to get Bellator on U.K. television.

"Our talent development team does the best job in MMA by bringing hugely talented fighters to Bellator from around the globe," Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney stated. "The No. 1 question I get from fans is, 'When will a U.K. television deal be completed with Bellator?' With these three signings, along with a roster already featuring the likes of Paul 'Semtex' Daley, Ronnie Mann and Michael Page, we are setting the table for making Bellator an every week televised occurrence in the U.K."

Stapleton (12-1), a recent Cage Contender fighter, is riding an eight-fight win streak that included a decision victory over notable Tommy Maguire in December. The lightweight and former Royal Marine Commando Unit member actually defeated two opponents earlier in the evening to win an eight-man single-night tournament.

Sinclair (12-2), a lightweight, is on a five-fight win streak, with four of the victories coming with the BAMMA promotion. The part-time fighter and full-time engineer owns nine knockouts in 12 career wins.

Sass (13-2), meanwhile, is perhaps the most recognizable of the group. The former UFC fighter opened his career with 13 straight wins (12 via submission, including nine via triangle choke) before losses to Matt Wiman and Danny Castillo, which resulted in his UFC release earlier this year.

joshua7789 05-22-2013 04:06 PM

They should stop picking up UFC cast off's until they win a couple more fights. In picking up Sass, they just signed a fighter who dropped his last two fights, which both took place in the UFC. Not exactly adding a lot to your credibility.

Spite 05-22-2013 04:12 PM

Sass is one for the future, he's young and talented. Thought it was a bit harsh dropping him as he's only lost his last 2.

You watch... I bet a Bellator will get a TV deal that makes them more accessible than the UFC.

OU 05-22-2013 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by joshua7789 (Post 2069146)
They should stop picking up UFC cast off's until they win a couple more fights. In picking up Sass, they just signed a fighter who dropped his last two fights, which both took place in the UFC. Not exactly adding a lot to your credibility.

Yeah but there were plenty of people that thought Sass deserved another opportunity. It's not like he was a total bust in the UFC. He had some nice wins. He was 3-2 in the UFC with 3 finishes in a row. His cut could have been pay related because his performance wasn't that bad. He actually created a little buzz on his win streak. I think it's a good move. Sass is still better then some fighters currently in the UFC.

joshua7789 05-22-2013 04:51 PM

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Originally Posted by OU (Post 2069202)
Yeah but there were plenty of people that thought Sass deserved another opportunity. It's not like he was a total bust in the UFC. He had some nice wins. He was 3-2 in the UFC with 3 finishes in a row. His cut could have been pay related because his performance wasn't that bad. He actually created a little buzz on his win streak. I think it's a good move. Sass is still better then some fighters currently in the UFC.

I totally agree that Sass should have gotten one more shot and that he is plenty talented, I just think it would have served Bellator to let him win a couple of regional fights before signing him. Picking up guys that are on a losing streak (even short ones) never looks good.

OU 05-22-2013 04:55 PM

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Originally Posted by joshua7789 (Post 2069442)
I totally agree that Sass should have gotten one more shot and that he is plenty talented, I just think it would have served Bellator to let him win a couple of regional fights before signing him. Picking up guys that are on a losing streak (even short ones) never looks good.

I see what you are saying I just don't agree. I think if you have the opportunity to get a talented fighter you do it. Casual fans won't remember him and hardcore fans think he should still be in the UFC. No harm done here IMO.

gazh 05-23-2013 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by OU (Post 2069466)
I see what you are saying I just don't agree. I think if you have the opportunity to get a talented fighter you do it. Casual fans won't remember him and hardcore fans think he should still be in the UFC. No harm done here IMO.

Agree. Plus Sass was cut in February so i suspect he was holding out for Bellator - there's no doubt in my mind the likes of Cage Warriors or BAMMA would have tried to sign him (and obviously failed) already.

And if you don't know them;

Martin Stapleton (12-1) completed on TUF 9 (the one Ross Pearson won) and since the show is on a five fight winning streak, ironically his only loss was to Paul Sass in 2008.

Rob Sinclair (12-2) current BAMMA LW champion and in my opinion the best of the three, despite this, one of his loses was also to Paul Sass in 2009.

Three very good signings, all capable of doing well.

Stun Gun 05-23-2013 05:37 PM

The way I look at this is, who cares if Bellator takes the cut guys from the UFC, it adds to their roster. Not to mention fans of the fighters can see them fight easier by going to Bellator. I' am a Paul Sass fan, so I'm happy for him.

kantowrestler 05-24-2013 02:11 AM

It's no secret that Bellator is trying to compete with the UFC. This is just part of their larger strategy to compete with them. They reach out to larger markets with fighters from that market.

Stun Gun 05-24-2013 03:59 AM

Honestly its a good move to pick up some more well known Brits. To the Brits on here, are you guys able to watch Bellator? If not I think they should really expand to the market


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