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Bellator Signs Paim, Dufresne and Razafiarson to Women’s Featherweight Division

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(Alexis Dufresne ground and pounds Sara Moras)

Bellator MMA’s Women’s featherweight division grows with three new signings announced today. Roberta “Crusher” Paim (4-0), Alexis “Sneaky Zebra” Dufresne (5-2) and Iony Razafiarison (2-0) have been signed on to the promotion’s roster.

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(Iony Razafiarison (L))
The newly signed featherweights join Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe (5-4), Julia “The Jewell” Budd (7-2), Marloes “Rumina” Coenen (22-6), Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson (0-1) and Talita “Treta” Nogueira (6-0) on the Bellator MMA women’s featherweight roster.
“We’re proud to be bringing these three talented athletes to our women’s featherweight division,” said Bellator President Scott Coker.  “I see several potential matchups that would make for some great fights.  We will continue to build and support the premiere women’s featherweight division in MMA.”The 5-foot-6 Paim is undefeated through the first four contests of her professional career. Fighting exclusively in her native country of Brazil thus far, Paim has yet to find a single opponent capable of lasting past the opening round. She has taken 3 first round knockouts and one submission in her early career.The 24-year-old Dufresne is a Team Quest fighter and five-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation world champion. Dufresne is a former UFC bantamweight who won five consecutive wins to start her career. More recently, Dufresne dropped a pair of hard-fought decisions while making a run at 135 pounds, but now returns to her more natural weight class of 145 pounds for her Bellator MMA debut.The 30-year-old Razafiarison is a grappling specialist who has trained in camps all over the world. Razafiearison fought most recently in January, when she earned a decision win over Sandra Ameziane. In her professional debut, Razafiarison scored a first-round submission.Debut dates and opponents will be announced for all three fighters in the near future. Scifighting will have more on the Women’s featherweight division as more announcements follow.

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Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.