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Oct 21, 2019 5:28 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Julius Anglickas Signs With Bellator; First Fight Is Scheduled For November 8

Julius Anglickas recently signed with Bellator a few weeks ago and has his first fight lined up for November 8. DREW BUDD
Oct 22, 2019 5:55 PM

After defeating Karl Reed as part of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” on August 13, Julius Anglickas was expecting to get a contract from one of the biggest mixed martial arts groups, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Instead the 28-year-old Lithuanian native who emigrated to Southampton, where he graduated from high school in 2009, was the only winner that night not to receive a contract.

It was a big blow to Anglickas at the time, but he knew his time was coming.

That time is now.

Anglickas, who is 7-1 in his professional fighting career, having won the Legacy Fighting Alliance’s light heavyweight championship in February, signed a multi-fight deal with one of the biggest MMA promoters in the sport, Bellator, over two weeks ago and has his first fight already lined up. He will face undefeated Jordan Young (11-0) in a light heavyweight bout at Bellator 233 on November 8 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The fight will be streamed on the Bellator app.

“Bellator had an offer and also had an opponent,” Anglickas said this past Sunday on why he chose to sign the deal with Bellator. “We thought, OK we can take this or wait for UFC, but Bellator presented something really nice and we said this would be foolish not to take it. So we decided to go with that. It will keep me busy.”

Anglickas said his contract with Bellator is for four fights, or 16 months, whatever comes first. After that time he can renegotiate or Anglickas can sign with another promotion.

Anglickas is currently training back home in St. Louis, Missouri, getting ready for Young who he noted is going to be one of his toughest opponents he’s ever faced. Young, 25, of Urbandale, Iowa, is 5 feet 11 inches and 205 pounds, according to his Bellator profile page, comparably smaller than Anglickas, who is 6 feet 3 inches and also 205 pounds. But Young has won nine of his 11 bouts by submission, and when he last fought in July at Bellator 224, he submitted Joel Bauman via triangle choke at 3:20 of the first round. He has submitted the last five opponents he’s faced, with four of them coming in the first round.

“Whenever he gets taken down, he very easily puts his opponents into these weird submissions, so I think we’re going to try and stand with him and maybe get him tired before we do anything else, but we’re still putting together a strategy,” Anglickas said.

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