Bellator Announces Several Releases
Bellator MMA has made several cuts to its roster this week, releasing 10 fighters from the promotion.
The fighters let go by Bellator include Chidi Njokuani, Noad Lahat, Hisaki Kato, Jarod Trice, Chris Honeycutt, Roman Huerta, JJ Ambrose, Carrington Banks, Mohammad Yahya and Nathan Greyson. The MMA Report’s Jason Floyd was the first to announce the news.
The following fighters are no longer under contract with Bellator: Roman Huerta, Jarod Trice, Chris Honeycutt, Hisaki Kato, JJ Ambrose, Carrington Banks, Mohammad Yahya, Noad Lahat, Nathan Greyson and Chidi Njokuani
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) August 14, 2019
Arguably the most notable name among the list, Njokuani was 13-4 (1 NC) when he made his Bellator debut with a win over Ricky Rainey at Bellator 146 in November 2015. He went 5-3 in the promotion but lost three of his last four fights. This included a decision loss to Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 182, an upset first-round submission loss to John Salter at Bellator 210 and a decision loss to former middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho recently at Bellator 224. Four of his bouts in Bellator came at catchweight, twice because Njokuani missed weight.
Lahat signed with Bellator following his 2016 release from the UFC. He went 5-2 in the promotion, losing to Henry Corrales at Bellator 182 and getting knocked out by then-bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in a featherweight bout at Bellator 204. He most recently fought at Bellator 210 in November, defeating Brian Moore.
Kato made an impact in his Bellator debut, knocking out kickboxer Joe Schilling with a Superman punch at Bellator 139. After a loss to Melvin Manhoef, Kato won three straight before a loss to Njoukani at Bellator 189. He has not fought in MMA since that loss.
Trice competed in Bellator for all four of his professional MMA bouts and won them all. Debuting in December 2016, he most recently competed at Bellator 205 last year, defeating Sean Powers by split decision.
Honeycutt, who debuted in Bellator at Bellator 125 in September 2014, competed at welterweight and middleweight, going 7-3 (1 NC) in the promotion, but losing two of his last three. He most recently competed at Bellator 210 as well, dropping a split decision to Costello van Steenis.