It looks like 7-0 Brazilian Rene Nazare will be spending a bit more time in the Bellator cage after the company announced the 28-year old had been signed to a multi-fight deal after debuting in successful fashion earlier this month at Bellator 39 against Luiz Azeredo.
“If you want to become a top MMA fighter, you have to be complete. You have to be dangerous both standing and on the ground. My background is Jiu-Jitsu and I feel very confident on the ground – even when I’m in bad situations – but I feel really dangerous with my striking as well,” Nazare said of his future endeavors in Bellator.
“I want to fight the best guys in the world,” he continued. “That’s my goal. I want to fight the Bellator champion I want to become the best. If you want to become the best, you have to fight the best, and I want to fight the best so badly. I want Patricky “Pitbull” (Freire), I want Eddie Alvarez – I want all those guys.”
A multi-time World BJJ Champion, Nazare has finished the bulk of the opponents he’s faced including a pair of first-round submissions entering the April 2 bout against Azeredo. Though their fight was ultimately stopped by ringside physicians after Azeredo apparently injured his arm in an exchange on the mat, prior to that point Nazare had complimented his ground game with crisp striking and actually has two opening frame knockouts to his credit.
No word has surfaced on when or where his next fight will take place though it is believed he will be part of a future 155-pound tournament field.
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