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Ed Ruth to make welterweight debut vs. Andy Murad at Bellator 201

Ed Ruth
Bellator MMA

Ed Ruth’s journey at 170 pounds begins this summer.

Undefeated at middleweight, Ruth will drop down a division to fight Andy Murad at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion was originally scheduled to make his welterweight debut in April, but a late opponent switch caused the bout to be changed to a 175-pound catchweight affair.

Officials confirmed the Bellator 201 bout with MMA Fighting following an initial report by MMAjunkie.

Ruth, 27, has lived up to his status as a blue chip prospect since starting his pro MMA career with Bellator in November 2016. He finished his first four opponents by knockout before needing all three rounds to earn a unanimous decision win over Ion Pascu at Bellator 196.

Known as “The Tooth Fairy”, Murad (16-2) has split four appearances for Bellator since 2013. In his most recent appearance for the promotion at Bellator 160, he defeated Johnny Cisneros by unanimous decision. Murad is on a 10-fight win streak, but has not competed since last June.

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