Bellator Signs NCAA Champ Cotton
Over the weekend, two of Bellator’s wrestling-based prospects earned big wins. Now, the promotion has continued their streak of signing dominant amateur wrestlers, as they have inked a deal with Romero Cotton.
The promotion announced the signing via press release on Monday.
Cotton is a three-time NCAA Division 2 wrestling champion. At the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Cotton won three championships and was awarded All-American honors four times. His overall record was 66-10.
“Having an opportunity to be part of a promotion like Bellator so early in my MMA career is one that I am thankful for. Being that I’m just starting out in the sport I thought it would be two or three years of grinding and working my way up the ladder before reaching a company of this magnitude,” Cotton said. “Having seen how Bellator’s recent string of wrestlers have been treated and performed, I’m honored to be the latest and there’s nothing I’m looking forward to more than showing the world my skills that I’ve acquired throughout my life not only as a wrestler, but as an athlete. Now, I move onto the next phase of my career and will continue to develop into a well-rounded fighter."
Cotton has said he will fight at middleweight when he eventually makes his Bellator debut.
He is one of the handful of amateur wrestlers that Bellator has signed with no previous fighting experience. Recently, Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune made successful debuts at Bellator 163 in Connecticut.