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The Bellator Fighting Championships will continue the promotion's trend of scooping up top shelf Brazilian prospects with their latest move. Light heavyweight Phelipe Lins (5-0) will join the Bellator roster in 2012. ( confirmed the news over the weekend.

Hailing from Natal, Brazil Lins lasted competed in July 2011. Under the Rock Strike MMA banner Lins knocked out Daniel Alexandre (0-1) in the first round. The win for Lins was his first after a five year hiatus. Lins Bellator debut will likely come in May or on a card in early summer.

Prior to his MMA layoff, Lins made waves on the Brazilian circuit thanks to a pair of wins over two time UFC vet Antonio Mendes (17-11). Lins, a 6'3 light heavyweight, knocked out Mendes in their first fight and won via decision in the rematch. The 26 year old Lins currently trains with Nova Uniao Kimura.

A heavy handed striker at 205 pounds Lins is rated as a four star prospect by Based on his natural striking talent and world class training partners, Lins checked in as the number ten 205 pound prospect in MMA in the latest top 20 prospect rankings.


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