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Bellator parts ways with 15 fighters

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With Bellator continuing to add prospects and free-agent talent to their roster, several fighters are no longer with the promotion.

Promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Bellator has parted ways with 15 fighters, 12 of which are part of Bellator’s European series following an initial report from MMA Junkie.

The promotion did not give specifics as to why the athletes are no longer under contract.

Among the names on the list is Zach Freeman, who hasn’t competed in nearly four years. Freeman made a big splash in his Bellator debut when he faced highly touted prospect Aaron Pico in the latter’s highly anticipated MMA debut. Despite being nearly a 4 to 1 underdog, Freeman soured Pico’s debut with a 24-second submission win at Bellator NYC in June 2017. The now 37-year-old would compete five months later in what appears to be in his final bout, a first-round KO loss to Saad Awad at Bellator 186.

The list also includes unbeaten SBG Ireland fighter Mandy Bohm (7-0), who was scheduled to headline a May 2020 Bellator event against Liz Carmouche before the card was scrapped due to COVID-19 concerns. Bohn earned a unanimous decision win in her only promotional appearance at October’s Bellator 247 event.

Will Fleury (8-3), another member of the SBG Ireland team, is also no longer with the promotion, along with other names including 12-fight Bellator vet A.J. Matthews (9-9) and former UFC competitor Bobby Voelker (33-14).

Check out the full list of fighters that are no longer under contract with Bellator:

Justin Burlinson

Ruben Crawford

Zach Freeman

Constantin Gnusariev

A.J. Matthews

Giorgio Pietrini

Bobby Voelker

Claudio Conti

Will Fleury

Pietro Penini

Yannick Bahati

Karl Moore

Jade Jorand

Malin Hermansson

Mandy Bohm

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