Ed Ruth to Make Welterweight Debut vs. Andy Murad at Bellator 201 on June 29

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 4, 2018


Unbeaten prospect Ed Ruth will make his first welterweight appearance when he faces Andy Murad at Bellator 201.

Sherdog.com confirmed the booking with a promotion official on Monday following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 201 takes place on June 29 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., and is headlined by a women’s flyweight title tilt between Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Alejandra Lara. The main card airs on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary draw — including Ruth-Murad — streams immediately prior on Bellator.com and the Bellator app.

Ruth was initially scheduled to make his 170-pound debut at Bellator 196, but after his original opponent withdrew, the wrestling standout earned a unanimous verdict over Ion Pascu in a catchweight affair. The 27-year-old Dethrone Base Camp representative is 5-0 as a professional, with four of those wins coming via KO or TKO.

Murad enters the matchup on a nine-bout winning streak that includes a decision triumph over Johnny Cisneros at Bellator 160. “The Tooth Fairy” owns a 15-2 career mark and is 2-2 under the Bellator banner.

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