Former UFC, Strikeforce Fighter Bobby Voelker Signs with Bellator MMA

Bobby Voelker
Bobby Voelker Credit: Dave Mandel/

Bellator has inked another veteran fighter, as Bobby Voelker, former UFC and Strikeforce athlete, will reunite with Scott Coker shortly.

Bellator MMA has inked welterweight Bobby Voelker to a deal, according to a new report by MMA Junkie. Voelkier, 39, is a former veteran of both Strikeforce and the UFC, though he found more success with the former. The Kansas City native will now fight for his third major promotion, after spending the past couple of years on the regional circuit, fighting exclusively for Shamrock FC since his UFC release.

Voelker (33-13) began his MMA career, professionally speaking, back in 2006, going 12-2 to start. He was nearly a 30 fight veteran by the time he signed with Scott Coker’s Strikeforce, making his promotional debut in 2009. He would fight five times for Strikeforce between 2009 and 2011 — with three of those fights coming against Roger Bowling. Voelker would finish that trilogy up two fights to one, with both his wins coming via TKO. He then signed on with the UFC, only to go 0-4 against Patrick Cote, Robbie Lawler, William Macário, and Lance Benoist.

Voelker has no debut date set for his Bellator premiere, but he’ll be reunited with his old boss Scott Coker in the promotion. He’ll also ride a four-fight win streak into his next fight, along with the distinction of having captured the Shamrock FC welterweight title in his last bout against Cameron VanCamp.

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