Bellator MMA is adding to its roster during the COVID 19 pandemic.
The promotion signed Matheus Mattos, who appeared on the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” in 2015. A product of the Pitbull Brothers Team, the bantamweight’s Bellator debut is not set just yet.
“It’s the culmination of a 12-year career in MMA,” Mattos told Cruz. “I moved to Natal, have new home and new team, and now I train with Patricio, the best fighter in Bellator history. Patricky is also someone I look up to.”
Matheus Mattos joins Bellator after a two-year layoff. He most recently beat Nashkho Galaev by majority-decision at ACB 82 in March 2018.
“Adamas” suffered only one loss in 13 professional fights. He fell to UFC bantamweight Petr Yan via third-round knockout at ACB 71 in September 2017. He suffered a broken orbital bone during the fight with Yan.
While on TUF, he finished Jose Marcos by second-round TKO during the preliminary round. He was later selected by Team Anderson.
In the elimination round, he lost by unanimous decision to Reginaldo Vieira. He rattled off three straight victories after the show, before losing to Yan.
“Now I feel prepared to be part of such a big promotion,” Mattos said. “Both physically and mentally, I’m better than ever after going through everything I’ve experienced. I was 10-0 in Brazil and went to ACB, one of the toughest places to fight. I had the best fight of the year in 2018 and feel ready to be part of Bellator now.