Bellator inks former NCAA champ Darrion Caldwell

Bellator MMA has added a former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion to its featherweight roster.

The organization today announced the signing of undefeated Darrion Caldwell (3-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) to a “long-term deal,” though contracts details weren’t revealed.

“Everything just really fell into place for me to sign with a prestigious organization like Bellator,” Caldwell stated. “I’m really embracing this opportunity. During our talks, the tournament format is something I thought about a lot, and that’s what I always grew up with being a Division I wrestler. I’m used to looking at a bracket and seeing my name against another fighter, so I’m absolutely looking forward to my first tournament run.”

According to today’s announcement, the 25-year-old will first compete in some featured fights before joining a future tournament field. As Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated, Caldwell “will be brought along slowly and given time to develop.”