There are a total of 15 former UFC fighters currently signed by Bellator, and they aren't slowing down one bit. #LorenzLarkin and Ryan Bader are the recent free agents to exercise their power of choice to jump to the other side. Not only that, but #Bellator180 will be headlined by a fight that was supposed to be a UFC PPV main event, with an undercard filled with former UFC talent. According to The MMA Hour, Bellator won't stop until they have one of the best rosters in MMA history.
“I was talking to someone, a rather high-up official, at the press conference at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday of last week, they told me, ‘Look Ariel, if you think we’re done as far as free agent signings are concerned, we are not done. We have been told from the highest level possible at Viacom to not stop now, to, as they put it, build the 1927 Yankees. Just sign every single big name out there.’ They are going to be very aggressive." — Ariel Helwani
It looks like Bellator is completely geared up for a WCW/WWF Monday night war of sorts. Viacom is basically a fight sports bank that is giving Bellator free reign to sign whoever they want, no matter the cost. It's really starting to come together why these deals are so easy for them to make. The interesting thing moving forward now is — not only just how big the roster grows — but how this affects the UFC one, two, three years down the road.
UFC Fighters Currently Signed to Bellator: Tito Ortiz, Phil Davis, Paul Daley, Ryan Bader, Lorenz Larkin, Dhiego Lima, Cheick Kongo, Chael Sonnen, Kendall Grove, Matt Mitrione, Josh Thomson, Josh Koscheck, Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Noad Lahat.
The 1927 Yankees were arguably one of the best teams in the history of baseball, mainly because of their 'Murderer's Row' of hitters like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri.