Ed Ruth gets his hand raised after beating Jason Jackson (Photo/Bellator)
Ed Ruth is taking another significant step in his successful MMA career.
Three years after his first MMA bout, the former Penn State wrestling champ will be appearing in his first main event.
Ruth will headline Bellator 239 at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackervile, Oklahoma on February 21 where he'll face undefeated Yaroslav Amosov in the welterweight (170-pound) match.
The 29-year-old Ruth, who launched his pro MMA career in November 2016 with the Bellator organization, is now 8-1. That one loss was to Neiman Gracie at the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix earlier this year. Since then, Ruth has notched two consecutive victories ... and signed a new contract with Bellator this summer.
Yaroslav Amosov, 26, will also be making his first appearance in a main event. The Russian is 22-0 overall, with three wins in Bellator bouts. Among his more impressive opponents: Erick Silva, Gerald Harris and David Rickels.
Prior to entering MMA competition, Ed Ruth made a name for himself in wrestling. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native was a three-time NCAA champ for Penn State.