Raymond Daniels is making the jump from Bellator Kickboxing to Bellator MMA.
MMA Fighting confirmed with officials that the kickboxing standout will make his first MMA appearance for the promotion when he takes on Jon Durrant in a welterweight bout on the main card of Bellator Birmingham on May 4.
The 38-year-old Californian made the announcement on his social media Tuesday:
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It’s time to drop that fire. The wait is officially over. England be warned, you have incoming: RD cometh to MMA on May 4th. It’s been an amazing journey thus far and it’s far from over. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am truly blessed to have had your continued love and support over the years through the ups and downs. Greatness isn’t achieved in your comfort zone. If you know me personally, or have ever trained with me, fought alongside me, or fought against me, you already understand my mentality and what I’m striving for. I’m not coming to MMA to participate, partake, fight or take over. I’m coming to dominate the game and leave a mark. I’ve had the same goal from the start, and that’s to be the GOAT. Always putting God Over All Things and secondly, being the Greatest of All Time. I know there is a ton for me to learn and there are some absolutely amazing fighters out there that already have a head start in this game. However, that’s what excites me... I’m really looking forward to facing all those new challenges and puzzles. Those challenges are what get me up in the morning. Nothing was ever given to me. I’ve earned every stripe and scar. I challenge you all to step outside of your comfort zone and push yourself to become the absolute best version of yourself. Expect yourself to dominate whatever it is you’re doing in life. If you don’t believe in yourself first, nobody else will. Watch me as I strive to achieve greatness in front of the world on May 4th. Use the code “RD” to get your tickets. #ufc #mmafighter #fight #grappling #motivation #love #conormcgregor #fighter #training #wrestling #knockout #gym #bjj #mma #muaythai #kickboxing #fitness #fighting #workout #champion #brazilianjiujitsu #karate #fit #boxing #mixedmartialarts #jiujitsu #crossfit #sport #judo #martialarts
“It’s time to drop that fire,” Daniels wrote. “The wait is officially over. England be warned, you have incoming: RD cometh to MMA on May 4th.”
He added, “I’m not coming to MMA to participate, partake, fight or take over. I’m coming to dominate the game and leave a mark.”
Daniels is a decorated martial artist perhaps best known for his 13-year kickboxing career in which he’s fought for K-1, Glory, World Combat League, and Bellator Kickboxing. He is 8-0 under the Bellator Kickboxing banner and currently holds the promotion’s welterweight championship.
In his lone MMA appearance, Daniels lost to Jeremiah Metcalf via a second-round rear-naked choke submission at a Strikeforce show in July 2008.
Hailing from London, Durrant is a kickboxing, boxing, and Muay Thai veteran who will be making his pro MMA debut.