Bellator Fighting Championships continued to inject new blood into its welterweight division this week after the recent addition of Douglas Lima with the signing of Michael Costa, a BJJ blackbelt who also happens to be the head Muay Thai instructor at Wand Fight Team in part due to a relationship he established with Wanderlei Silva while the two trained in Brazil under the Chute Boxe banner.

News of Costa’s newfound professional home was announced in a promotional press release.

“Costa has all the tools to have a breakout year and his no nonsense approach in the cage made him a perfect fit for Bellator”, said Bjorn Rebney of his organization’s newest employee. “His addition to our welterweight division makes a strong 170 lbs. class that much stronger.”

The 29-year old Costa may only hold a 10-5-1 record but should not to be overlooked with nine of his ten total wins coming as the result of a finishing performance including knockouts in his last three victories.

“Anyone that has seen me fight before knows that I fight with all my heart, and that I fight to finish my fights by knockout. For me, fighting is a war. I want to finish all of my fights with Bellator so the fans remember my name,” Costa explained of his in-ring approach. “Now that I have this incredible opportunity with Bellator, I’m going to work harder than ever to make the most of it for myself, my fans, and my family. When people talk about Bellator, I want them to talk about Michael Costa. I want them to talk about me like they talk about Hector Lombard. I’m here to make a name for myself with Bellator, and that’s what I’m about to do.”