Mann has a pair of championship titles on his resume already (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Top Featherweight to Debut for Promotion this Season
While he may not be participating in its upcoming featherweight tournament, submission specialist Ronnie Mann (18-2-1) is headed to compete for Bellator Fighting Championships this season. Currently the Shark Fights Featherweight Champion, the English Mixed Martial Artist brings a wealth of experience to the promotion, despite being just 24 years of age.
“Ronnie Mann is a great talent at 145,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “We’ve been putting this alliance together for months, and we’re very pleased that we Ronnie will be fighting at Bellator on MTV2. Ronnie is at the top of his game right now, and he will have impact on our deep featherweight division.”
After being introduced to the UFC at a very early age, Mann began training in the discipline of Muay Thai when he was 11-years-old. Within the next two years, he was already competing in Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing tournaments as well. By the time he turned 16, he began fighting at the amateur level and then turned professional the following year. After participating in a few different promotions, Mann found a home in the British-based Cage Rage Championships, eventually winning its featherweight title in 2008 by defeating Frederic Fernandez via unanimous decision. Following a successful run for the promotion, he next decided to head to Japan to fight for Sengoku. The English grappler went 2-1 while competing for the show before traveling to the United States to battle Doug Evans for the Shark Fights Featherweight Championship this past September. He proceeded to leave the arena that evening with the strap around his waist, taking a tight split decision victory over his opponent.
Mann now looks to find that same kind of success while fighting under the Bellator banner.
“Signing with Bellator is like a dream come true for me,” Mann remarked. “I am more than excited for the opportunity to show fans what I'm capable of here in the United States. Even more exciting than that is the fact that I'll be getting to show what I'm capable of against some of the best fighters in the world, which Bellator provides. Honestly, I can't wait to put my skills on display. 2011 is my time to shine.”
While he will have to wait until the next featherweight tournament to earn a shot at the Bellator Title, Mann has his mind set on a single focus.
“Trying to capture the Bellator World Featherweight Championship is absolutely my main goal,” he confirmed. “I don't care how long it takes, that's what I'm here to do.”
Bellator returns for its fourth season on Saturday, March 5th, with the entire 12-week season airing live on MTV2.