Bellator inks Bradley Desir, added to New York card

Bradley Desir steps on the scale at Ring of Combat 56 on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Photo Credit: Ring of Combat.

Bradley Desir (9-5 MMA, 0-0 Bellator) is headed to Bellator.

The current Ring of Combat lightweight champion made the announcement via his Facebook page on Monday, May 15, 2017.

#FeatherstoneFact #7. I signed to Bellator and will be fighting at MSG June 24th!!!'” Desir wrote.

The New York, New York resident joined the Bellator 180 card on June 24, 2017, an event headlined by current Bellator Light-heavyweight Champion Phil Davis and former UFC veteran Ryan Bader.

Desir’s next move takes a surprise turn after Xtreme Caged Combat announced he would be headlining the XCC 28 at the National Guard Armory and Readiness Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 23, 2017.

Desir was set to challenge current lightweight champion Rob Watley, who recently claimed the strap by defeating Josh Visel via third-round TKO at XCC 27 Feb. 24, 2017.

Desir, is coming off a seven month layoff after undergoing shoulder surgery. In his last outing, the 30-year-old defended his strap against current “The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption”contestant Julian Lane by third round TKO at ROC 56 Sept. 23, 2016.

The 30-year-old won the the title against Eddie Lenoci at ROC 53 via second-round knockout November 2015. at ROC 54, Desir defended his belt against Lenoci when he finished his opponent by TKO in the first round March 4, 2016.

He is (3-1) in his last four fights with a unanimous decision loss to Joseph Lowry at CFFC 59 July 9, 2016. Desir did not agree with the decision.

“To be honest, I feel as if I got robbed.” Desir told NJ MMA News in August 2016. “I guess defending submission attacks constitute as winning. The point of fighting is damage. How can you beat someone bloody, then go out dancing, while they’re in the ER getting stitched up and going through concussion protocol, win the fight? Blows my mind.”

During that period, he earned wins against Lane, Lenoci, Jimmy Jordan and Brett Martinez.

A striker out of Tiger Shullmann’s Mixed Martial Arts, Desir finished six of his nine victories by TKO/KO.

Bellator 180 will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. It is the first time the promotion has visited the empire state.

Desir’s opponent has yet to be officially announced.

By NJ MMA News Staff

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.