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UFC signs former Bellator lightweight contender Marcin Held

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC has added another top lightweight to its roster on Tuesday, as Marcin Held announced that he has signed a deal with the UFC. MMA Fighting confirmed the news with the promotion.

The UFC has yet to announce a date and opponent for Held’s debut.

Held (22-4) recently beat Dave Jensen via decision at Bellator 155 in May, improving to 11-3 under the promotion’s banner. During his run at Bellator, the jiu-jitsu specialist beat the likes of Alexander Sarnavskiy, Patricky Freire, Derek Anderson and Phillipe Nover.

A one-time tournament finalist at Bellator, Held earned a shot at the title after winning six in a row between 2013 and 2015, but lost to Will Brooks via decision last November. After his win over Held, Brooks also left the promotion to sign with the UFC.

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