Bellator announces the signing of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Malik Merad, Dmitry Sosnovskiy, and Steve Garcia

Bellator has announced the signings of four new fights as the organization has signed Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Malik Merad, Dmitry Sosnovskiy, and Steve Garcia.Steve Garcia

The signing were announced by Bellator on Thursday and the organization now has over 180 fighters signed.

Sokoudjou (14-12) will be making his debut in two weeks at Bellator 121 in Oklahoma against an unknown opponent at this time. During 2013, he went 1-2 and has lost his last two fights by knockout.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Bellator family,” Sokoudjou said. “They have some of the best fighters in the world fighting in their cage and it’s something I want to be a part of. Bellator always has exciting fights for the fans, and it’s something I’m going to continue for Bellator in every one of my fights.”

Merad (19-11) has won his last six fights and all of those wins have come by stoppage. Five of those victories have come in 2014 and his last win took place last month against Soule Konate by kimura submission at Lyon Fighting Championship 3.

Sosnovskiy (8-0) is the latest Russian heavyweight to be signed by Bellator and he is coming off a win against Aleksander Emelianenko in January. Six of his eight wins have come by stoppage, with four of them coming by TKO/KO.

Garcia (3-0) actually made his Bellator debut last year and defeated Shawn Bunch by TKO at Bellator 105. Following the victory, he took a bout in January and remained undefeated with another TKO win.

“I’ve said it before, our Scouting and Talent Development team is the best in the business and with another great season in the books, they are back 100% focused on signing exciting, explosive fighters from every corner of the globe,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “I’m very excited about a rash of our recent signings and we’ll be making many more announcements over the summer months”