Italian, Carlo Pedersoli Jr. states on his social media that he isn’t fighting under the UFC banner anymore and has decided to sign with Bellator.
Italian fighter, Carlo Pedersoli Jr., (11-3; 1-2 UFC) has announced that the UFC has decided to part ways with him and he’s, in turn, signed with Bellator.
Here’s a transcription translated from Italian via his Instagram post:
“After accepting three short-notice bouts, I thought to have given enough to the company to deserve one last shot for the last bout remained on my deal,” he wrote. “It wasn’t the case, though. Meanwhile, I’ve received two offers from other two promotions. I literally couldn’t refuse one of those two [offers] and I’m proudly announcing that I’m now signed to Bellator. They’ve treated me like never before, from all points of view, above all expectations. I truly feel appreciated like never before in my professional career. There are big new projects ahead and I can’t wait to get started.”
During his UFC stint, he faced Brad Scott, who he defeated via decision. He then suffered two first-round KO’s from Alex Oliveira and Dwight Grant in his next two bouts.
A source close to the situation told FanSided that even if there is a bit of disappointment for being cut with one bout still left on the contract, they are very content with the new contract with Bellator, much better and bigger then the previous one.
Pedersoli is now the third fighter from Rome to sign with Scott Coker’s promotion, next to Italy’s Alessio Sakara and Straight Blast Gym’s own Daniele Scatizzi. He’s also the fifth Italian fighter with an exclusive deal with Bellator to date.
The US promotion will be hosting its seventh event in Italy in the span of three years. In fact, Bellator will land for the first time in Milan on Oct. 12 featuring a light heavyweight scrap between the above mentioned Alessio Sakara and Canaan Grigsby and another bout featuring former middleweight title-holder Rafael Carvalho who returns to Italy to lock horns with Russia’s own Vadim Nemkov.