DeAnna Bennett (10-6-1), a former Invicta Fighting Championships flyweight title contender, has signed with Bellator MMA.
The 35-year-old Utah native, currently fighting out of her new home in New Jersey, joins the Bellator ranks after falling short in the final round of Invicta’s Phoenix Series 2 flyweight tournament which crowned a new champion at 125-pounds.
“Vitamin D” Bennett defeated Liz Tracy by way of unanimous decision in the tournament’s first round, and then Daiana Torquato in her second fight of the night by way of rear-naked choke in the first round. She would then advance to the finals where she would eventually fall to Miranda Maverick who won the tournament and would later sign to the UFC.
Bennett was to return at Invicta FC 40 but failed to make weight on July 1 and was eventually removed from the card.
No official announcement as to when Bennett will debut with Bellator or who her opponent will be, although sources close to MyMMANews state that a fight against fellow promotional newcomer Liz Carmouche (13-7) is being targeted. The source wished to remain anonymous. As of press time Bellator MMA officials have not confirmed the pairing.