He isn't known to casuals and is barely known to even hardcore MMA fans, but this signing should help with awareness and visibility. Ronnie Mann, who lost to Hatsu Hioki in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix, has signed on with Bellator for their fourth season, but will not be competing in the featherweight tournament. Another fantastic signing by Bellator, although him not being a part of the tournament is slightly regrettable. From Bellator:
Ronnie Mann is coming back to America. Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the acquisition of the top featherweight Brit to its burgeoning roster of 145 pounders. Mann, who has spent the bulk of his 21 fight career in Japan and England, made his U.S. debut last September where he won the Shark Fights Featherweight Championship. Mann will not compete in the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament but will make his Bellator debut in the fourth season with an opportunity to take part in a future tournament. Bellator Season 4 begins in March and will air LIVE on MTV2.
A Sengoku veteran and former Cage Gladiators Welterweight Champion, Mann brings a very impressive 18-2-1 professional record to the Bellator cage, which included a 12-fight undefeated streak spanning the first three years of his career. Fighting out of Cheltenham, England, Mann became a well rounded martial artist at a young age, getting his start in Muay Thai at 11 before subsequently competing in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu tournaments at 13-years-old. Wasting no time making the jump to MMA, Mann took his first amateur fight at 16 before turning pro at just 17-years-old.