Ed Ruth, three-time NCAA champ for Penn State who is making a name for himself in mixed martial arts, will have his next pro MMA bout at Bellator 224 next month.
The 28-year-old Ruth will be facing veteran Kiichi Kunimoto of Japan in a welterweight (175-pound) match at WinStar Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. on Friday, July 12.
"July 12th I'm back in the cage swinging leather, time to let my work speak for itself. #Ezway #Deadicted #bellator223" Ruth posted on his Twitter account Sunday afternoon.
The former Penn State mat great brings a 6-1 record in a career launched in November 2016. Ruth's first and only loss was in his most recent fight, having been submitted by Brazilian jiu-jitsu star Neiman Gracie in the quarterfinals of the welterweight grand prix last December at Bellator 213.
Kunimoto, 38, has been fighting professionally for 13 years, having crafted a 20-7-2 mark. The Osaka native who once competed in UFC will now make his debut with the Bellator organization after scoring back-to-back victories in Japanese promotion Rizin FF.