Another young wrestling standout has chosen to cast his lot with Bellator.
Bellator formally announced Monday the signing of Jarod Trice, a three-time NCAA All-America wrestler out of Central Michigan University. FloCombat.com initially reported the signing.
"We're excited to be adding yet another world-class wrestling talent to our ever-growing roster of fighters here at Bellator," said Bellator president Scott Coker. "I've always taken great pride in our ability to identify and build stars in this business, and I have great confidence that we've found a gem in Jarod Trice."
The 27-year-old Trice, who has won national wrestling titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman competition, is the latest addition to an impressive array of young talent honed on the mats, including Ed Ruth, Aaron Pico, and Tyrell Fortune.
"Following in the footsteps of guys like [Ed] Ruth and [Tyrell] Fortune to Bellator MMA was a no brainer for me," said Trice. "Scott Coker is a promoter that treats the fighters with so much respect, and dealing with him and his team through this signing process has been amazing. I'm really looking forward to fighting for Coker, the Bellator promotion, and for every wrestling and MMA fan out there before the end of the year. If you aren't familiar with my name yet, you will be as soon as I get in that cage."