After Bellator has made headlines recently for reasons that haven’t been great for the promotion’s image, like it’s ongoing legal battle with former champ Eddie Alvarez, things seem to be turning around somewhat in the PR department. Of course, recent acquisition “Rampage” Jackson has been heaping praise on his new employers (and critcizing the UFC at the same time), and adding other fighters like John Alessio, Diego Nunes and Bubba Jenkins has certainly created an excited buzz.
Now Ronnie Mann has relayed that Bellator has done a nice solid for the British featherweight, by giving him the buyout money Cage Warriors paid the promotion. The British based organization recently paid Bellator $5,000 to acquire Mann’s contract, and then subsequently resigned the fighter to a new multi fight deal. Mann announced Bellator’s gesture while appearing on MMA Junkie Radio.com.
“As an apology – that’s why I’ve been saying they’re a great company – they are going to donate that $5,000 to myself for keeping me on the shelf so long,” said Mann, who hasn’t fought since he lost by unanimous decision to Rodrigo Lima at Bellator 94 in March, “I haven’t gotten it yet, but they said they said they’re going to transfer it to me.”
“Bellator’s a great company,” added Mann, who went 3-3 during his run with Bellator. “They took care of me when I was fighting there. They were a great company. I just need to be fighting on a regular basis.”
The 26 year-old “Iron Mann” (which is a great nickname) is expected to fight at Cage Warriors upcoming July 20th event in Liverpool.
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