Bellator Signs Multi-Division KOTC Champ Juan Archuleta
Bellator MMA continues to add to an impressive stable of prospects, signing Juan “The Spaniard” Archuleta (18-1 MMA) yesterday. Archuleta, one of the most highly-touted prospects in the world, has been virtually unstoppable throughout his MMA career.
Archuleta announced the news yesterday on his official Instagram, thanking his team, his management, and the Bellator organization in the process.
Honored to announce that my team and I, Will be showcasing our talent with @bellatormma very blessed to be able to perform for such a prestigious organization. Thank you everyone that has and will be involved. Thank you Scott Coker, @rich_chou @viacom @paramountnetwork and all other staff. Thank you to my new management team that worked diligently to get this deal done for us. @tikighosn @paulhitmanherrera and @joedaddystevenson1982 The rise of The Spaniard is coming! @treigning_lab will make sure of that. 🙏 looking forward to perform for my fans on a new platform in 2018
A longtime veteran of the King of the Cage promotion, Archuleta racked up seven promotional wins, collecting four divisional championships in the process. Archuleta quickly won the KOTC lightweight and featherweight titles in his first several months with the promotion. Despite the impressive feat, however, Archuleta was far from satisfied. He dropped down to bantamweight, where he defeated Derrick Mandell (7-2), to capture his third belt. A first-round knockout of Adel El-Tamini (7-4) won Archuleta his fourth promotional title, a vacant Junior Welterweight (156-160 lbs).
Archuleta is a life-long wrestler. He currently trains with UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former UFC title challenger Cub Swanson at the Treigning Lab in his native California, under his mentor, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, the Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner and former UFC title challenger.
It is unclear who Archuleta will face in his Bellator debut, and at what weight he will compete. Most likely, Archuleta will fight at featherweight, but his multi-divisional titles from weights of 135 pounds to 160 pounds indicate some flexibility in Archuleta’s future. But with eight knockout victories and one via submission, Archuleta is a threat both on the feet and on the mat, regardless of his weight class.
Regardless of what weight “The Spaniard” will fight at, he is sure to be an exciting, talented new addition to Bellator MMA.
For more on Juan Archuleta, including a detailed look at his introduction to MMA, check out MMA Today’s own Doug Geller’s informative article, including an interview with “The Spaniard”. That article is available here.
Geller also caught up with Archuleta after the news broke, in a brand-new interview available here.