WWE Vet Ryback in Negotiations with Bellator MMA

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Ryback Reeves is in negotiations with Bellator MMA.

Sources close to the negotiations confirmed the news with FloCombat after Reeves discussed the news on a Las Vegas radio station. FloCombat sources said discussions—which began nearly two weeks ago—were ongoing and that they were "hopeful" of coming to an agreement, but that nothing is finalized as of publication time.

Reeves, 35, walked out of the wrestling promotion earlier this year, citing his unhappiness with pay and creative direction. In August, it was announced that Reeves and WWE had officially parted ways. Upon leaving, Reeves made appearances for wrestling promotions using the name "The Big Guy," but recently changed his full legal name to Ryback Reeves. The change will allow him to use a variation of the name he used while working in WWE.

Reeves has no formal background in martial arts, but recently began training in both jiu-jitsu and striking. He is also quite heavy, even for the top end of the heavyweight division; Reeves was often billed at 290 pounds during his time in WWE.

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