After years of looking for a permanent home, Raufeon Stots finally has found one.
According to his manager, Brian Butler of SuckerPunch Entertainment, Stots has signed a multi-fight, exclusive deal with Bellator. Butler announced the news Wednesday on his social media.
Highly regarded as one of the top bantamweight prospects in North America, Stots is riding a four-fight winning streak. Most recently, Stots competed for LFA. In his three outings for the promotion, Stots defeated all comers, including fellow top prospect Levi Mowles.
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Very happy to announce that @raufeonstots has inked a long term exclusive deal with @bellatormma Raufeon has long been known as the top bantamweight free agent in the country if not the world and we are very happy make Bellator his home. Special thanks to @mikekogan @rich_chou as always and @lfafighting for building him up and to @cffcmma who let him out of the title fight he was booked to fight in November… nice to work with promotions that look out for the fighters first! Also thanks to Raufeon for trusting us and the process. Let’s go my man! #standupnigeria
In his most recent outing at LFA 68 in May, Stots defeated 31-fight veteran Ralph Acosta by unanimous decision. Stots’ lone career defeat came in June 2017.
UFC president Dana White and company traveled across the United States for an episode of “Dana White: Lookin for a Fight” and targeted Stots as the guy they were looking to sign. However, 15 seconds into the Ring of Combat 59 headliner, Stots was knocked out cold by a spinning backfist from future UFC-signee Merab Dvalishvili.
No date or location has been given for Stots’ promotional debut at this time.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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