Bellator Adds Carpenter to 205-Pound Tournament

By Mike Whitman Dec 30, 2010
Another name has been added to the pool for Bellator Fighting Championships’ forthcoming eight-man light heavyweight tournament, as undefeated prospect Tim Carpenter will join the field in 2011.

Sherdog learned of Carpenter’s participation from sources close to the situation on Thursday. Bellator’s tournament will serve to crown the promotion’s first 205-pound champion. Carpenter joins Daniel Gracie as the second confirmed participant for the event. Light heavyweight is the only division in which Bellator has yet to crown a champion.

Carpenter is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and fights out of Balance Studios in Philadelphia. The 30-year-old battled his way to a perfect 5-0 record in local shows before making his Bellator debut in October, edging Jamal Patterson by split decision at Bellator 33. Carpenter holds half of his career victories by submission and is a veteran of Matrix Fights and Monte Cox’s Adrenaline MMA promotion. The 6-foot-3 submission specialist began his career in 2005, finishing his first three opponents before taking a two-year break from the sport in 2008. He rejoined the fight game in February and has earned three decision victories in 2010.

Season 4 will also reportedly feature a second heavyweight tournament to provide a No. 1 contender for Cole Konrad’s title. Last season, the promotion held three tournaments, with Konrad defeating Neil Grove to win the heavyweight strap at Bellator 32. That event also saw another champion crowned, as Zach Makovsky rode out a unanimous decision over Ed West to take the 135-pound belt. Finally, a women’s 115-pound champion was determined at Bellator 34, after Zoila Frausto edged the previously unbeaten Megumi Fujii by split decision.
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