Report – Ex-Rizin lightweight kingpin Tofiq Musayev pens multi-fight deal with Bellator

Tofiq Musayev
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Tofiq Musayev, the former Rizin FF lightweight Grand Prix victor, has reportedly ended his six-fight run with the Japan-based promotion – putting pen to paper on a multi-fight deal with the Scott Coker-led, Bellator MMA. 

Musayev, who boasts an 18-4 professional record, most recently seen his staggering 14-fight undefeated run halted back in June, dropped a first round triangle loss to grappling sensation, Roberto Satoshi.

Per a report by Ariel Helwani this Monday afternoon, Baku-born knockout artist, Musayev has penned a multi-fight deal to link up with Bellator MMA.

“Tofiq Musayev, the former RIZIN tournament champion who at one point had won 14 straight, has signed with Bellator, per sources,” Helwani tweeted. “He is 18-4 and from Azerbaijan. He’ll compete in their 155 pound division. Debut TBD.” 

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Clinching the Rizin FF lightweight Grand Prix crown back at the close of 2019, Musayev had defeated the trio of Daron Cruickshank, Damien Brown, and then Johnny Case, before taking home a unanimous decision victory over current undisputed Bellator lightweight champion, Patricky Pitbull in the tournament’s final. 

Set to compete at the lightweight limit with Bellator, Musayev, who holds a stunning 14 career knockout victories, adds to an abundance of talent currently on the lightweight books in the organization, including the aforenoted Pitbull Freire, recent title challenger, Peter Queally, Sidney Outlaw, Brent Primus, Usman Nurmagomedov, Benson Henderson, Islam Mamedov, and Goiti Yamauchi to name a few.


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