Bellator Signs Cage Warriors Champion From Denmark

Taking advantage of his time away with Cage Warriors, Mads Burnell will look to take over a new promotion.

TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter was the first to report that Burnell has signed an exclusive deal with Bellator. Terms of the deal have not been released.

Making his MMA debut in 2013, Burnell (13-3) fought all over the regional scene in Denmark. The 26-year-old from Copenhagen made his UFC debut in 2017. Going 1-2 with the promotion, he was released a year later.

Burnell would then join Cage Warriors, where he would grow as a fighter. He won three of his four fights with the promotion via submission, two via Japanese necktie. In his third bout with Cage Warriors, Burnell beat Dean Trueman for the WCFC Featherweight Title. In a non-title bout, Burnell would beat Steve Aimable via unanimous decision in November 2019.

Outside of active MMA competition, Burnell won the European No-Gi Championship in 2014 for Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

No opponent or date for his debut has been decided.

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