Sources: Njokuani among nine gone from Bellator

Bellator has parted ways with nine fighters, including several former headliners.

Chidi Njokuani, Hisaki Kato and Noad Lahat are among the names no longer under a Bellator contract, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The MMA Report was first to report the news.

Also gone from Bellator's roster: Chris Honeycutt, Jarod Trice, JJ Ambrose, Carrington Banks, Mohammad Yahya and Nathan Greyson.

Njokuani (18-7), who headlined Bellator 210 last November, had dropped two straight. Kato (11-3), who drew buzz for knocking out Joe Schilling in both MMA and kickboxing, has not fought since December 2017. Lahat (13-4), a popular fighter in his native Israel, has won four of his last six fights.