A cornerstone of Bellator’s Kickboxing brand will make the full time transition to Mixed Martial Arts at Bellator’s return to Birmingham.
Intitally reported by MMA Fighting, Raymond Daniels will remain at welterweight to fight Jon Durrant on the card of Bellator Birmingham on May 4th.
Daniels made his transition to MMA official on Tuesday, posting his announcement to Instagram.
“It’s time to drop that fire,” Daniels wrote. “The wait is officially over. England be warned, you have incoming: RD cometh to MMA on May 4th.”
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It’s time to drop that fire. The wait is officially over. England be warned, you have incoming: RD cometh to MMA on May 4th. It’s been an amazing journey thus far and it’s far from over. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am truly blessed to have had your continued love and support over the years through the ups and downs. Greatness isn’t achieved in your comfort zone. If you know me personally, or have ever trained with me, fought alongside me, or fought against me, you already understand my mentality and what I’m striving for. I’m not coming to MMA to participate, partake, fight or take over. I’m coming to dominate the game and leave a mark. I’ve had the same goal from the start, and that’s to be the GOAT. Always putting God Over All Things and secondly, being the Greatest of All Time. I know there is a ton for me to learn and there are some absolutely amazing fighters out there that already have a head start in this game. However, that’s what excites me… I’m really looking forward to facing all those new challenges and puzzles. Those challenges are what get me up in the morning. Nothing was ever given to me. I’ve earned every stripe and scar. I challenge you all to step outside of your comfort zone and push yourself to become the absolute best version of yourself. Expect yourself to dominate whatever it is you’re doing in life. If you don’t believe in yourself first, nobody else will. Watch me as I strive to achieve greatness in front of the world on May 4th. Use the code “RD” to get your tickets. #ufc #mmafighter #fight #grappling #motivation #love #conormcgregor #fighter #training #wrestling #knockout #gym #bjj #mma #muaythai #kickboxing #fitness #fighting #workout #champion #brazilianjiujitsu #karate #fit #boxing #mixedmartialarts #jiujitsu #crossfit #sport #judo #martialarts
“I’m not coming to MMA to participate, partake, fight or take over. I’m coming to dominate the game and leave a mark.”
Daniels, who fought once in MMA for Strikeforce in 2008, has had a decorated 13-year career as a kickboxer, with runs in K-1, GLORY, the World Combat League, and currently for Bellator Kickboxing. Since joining the Bellator brand, Daniels has gone 8-0 and has held their welterweight championship since 2017.
Report: MMA Fighting