Ed Ruth Gets New Opponent, Weight Class for Bellator 196 Bout in Budapest

Ed Ruth’s welterweight debut will have to wait.

After original Bellator 196 foe Laszlo Furko withdrew from the 170-pound bout due to injury, Ruth will now face Ion Pascu in a 175-pound catchweight affair on April 6. A promotion official confirmed the change to Sherdog.com following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com.

Bellator 196 takes place at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, and is headlined by a lightweight tilt between Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta. The card airs on the Paramount Network in the United States via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

A three-time NCAA wrestling champion at Penn State University, Ruth has been victorious in his first four professional appearances — all of which occurred under the Bellator MMA banner. Most recently, Ruth garnered a second-round knockout victory of Chris Dempsey at Bellator 186 on Nov. 3.

A native of Bucharest, Romania, Pascu enters the matchup with a 17-7 career record. The 35-year-old has competed for a number of organizations in Europe, including several appearances with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts. Pascu has finished 13 of his 17 wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.