Cris Lencioni Among Former Bellator Fighters Looking for a Shot at the UFC

Cris Lencioni
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Just a few days ago Bellator cleaned house, releasing 28 of their fighters. Fighters such as Cris Lencioni, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, Aj Agazarm, Mike Kimbel, and Haim Gozali. Today we will be taking a look at some fighters that the UFC should be looking to sign.

Cris Lencioni

Cris Lencioni is a professional MMA fighter with an overall record of 7-2. He went 4-2 under the Bellator banner, defeating guys like Aj Agazarm, Adil Benjilany, and Salim Mukhidinov. He also has a win over Cass Bell in his time as an amateur. Four of Lencioni’s seven wins come by submission. Lencioni is a very young fighter at only 26 years old. This signing would be perfect for the UFC, allowing them to pick up a young hungry talent that has a pretty good record.

Ricky Bandejas

Ricky Bandejas had somewhat of a rocky career in Bellator. He finished his Bellator career at 3-4, with an overall record standing at 13-5. Bandejas is only 28 years old which means that the best has yet to come. In his pro career, Bandejas has wins over Frans Mlambo, James Gallagher, Tony Gravely, and Merab Dvalishvili. Gravely and Dvalishvili and currently under contract with the UFC. Since Bandejas has had a pretty rough time in Bellator, Dana White could be standoffish about signing him. He might even look to bring in Bandejas for one of the final contender series shows of this year.

Mihail Nica

Mihail Nica is 9-1 overall while only going 1-1 inside the Bellator cage. He had a submission win over Samba Coulibaly and a decision loss to Carlos Leal Miranda. Nica is 29 years only and would fit perfectly in the UFC’s lightweight division. He has a 100% finish rate with four knockouts and five submissions. He has also never been finished with his one loss coming by a decision. Like Bandejas, Nica might be more fit for a spot on the contender series. Although his record is great he hasn’t fought any top-level competition yet. With his most notable win being 11-4, Samba Coulibaly.

Out of all the fighters that were released from Bellator, who do you think the UFC should sign? Let us know in the comments down below.





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