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Monday, 06/18/2012, 09:28 am

Bellator Signs Wrestling Phenom Shawn Bunch


By Jamie McAllister
Bellator signs wrestler Shawn Bunch the news comes directly from Bellator.com

Bellator Fighting Championships have agreed terms with decorated amateur wrestler Shawn Bunch. The former Olympic qualifier is now turning his attention solely toward Mixed Martial Arts and a future Bellator Bantamweight tournament.

“I’ve had my sights set on Bellator for a long time,”

“While I’ve been training in MMA for over four years, I’ve never been able to fully focus on the sport with my wrestling obligations. After watching guys like Ben Askren and King Mo, guys I really look up to in this sport have success, I knew the time was right to make the move to Bellator.”

Bunch is one of the founding members of Team Thirsty and has trained alongside the likes of Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, Gray Maynard, Daniel Cormier and of course, King Mo Lawal.

King Mo commented to Bellator on the signing of Bunch.

“Shawn is one of the best athletes I’ve been around, and he isn’t to be played with!”

“Shawn has been at the top of everything he has competed in, and MMA won’t be much different. He lives off of hard work and dedication, and I expect him to be a Bellator Champion.”

Ben Askren also had his say on Bunch signing.

“The best way to describe Shawn is just explosive and dynamic,”

“I’ve traveled the world with Shawn competing together in wrestling competitions, and know what kind of competitor he is. He’ll make an incredible addition to the Bellator family, and I’m excited to see what he brings to the cage.”

Bunch is currently conducting his training at American Kickboxing Academy and looking to improve his skill set before he makes his Bellator debut.

“For MMA fans that aren’t familiar with me, get ready,” Bunch said. “I bring an incredibly fast and explosive game to the table, and I’m just ready to start this new chapter in my life. I can’t wait to get into the cage and get it going.”

“Wrestlers like Askren, Warren, Konrad, Chandler and soon King Mo have had great impact at Bellator, and I expect nothing less with Shawn,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Shawn brings a resume in combat sport and a level of explosiveness to MMA that is hard to match. I can’t wait to watch him develop as part of the Bellator family.”

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