‘The Professional’ Joins Bellator Light Heavyweight Draw

By Mike Whitman Feb 18, 2011
Former United States Marine Chris Davis (Pictured) has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and will debut in the promotion’s Season 4 light heavyweight tournament, it was announced Friday.

A resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Davis began his career in 2008, rattling off five straight victories in his first year of competition.

“I knew I was a champion after going out there and winning my first fight following just three months of training,” Davis said in a release. “Now, when I go out there and get my hand raised with Bellator, that’s when everyone else will know I’m a true champion.”

Davis rebounded from a defeat to seasoned pro Jeremy Horn at Adrenaline MMA 3 in 2009 with a pair of first-round submission victories over Chris Bell in local Louisiana competition. “The Professional” has never been past the second round and has knocked out five of his nine career victims.

“I want to overwhelm my opponents,” said Davis. “I want them to feel within the first 45 seconds that they are well beyond their means and they shouldn’t be in there with me. That’s the pace I go for.”

As with all of Bellator’s tournaments, the winner of the light heavyweight draw will be awarded $100,000 in total pay. Since Bellator has never before crowned a light heavyweight champion, the winner of the Season 4 bracket will also be awarded the 205-pound title for his efforts.

Davis joins Nik Fekete and Daniel Gracie as confirmed participants in the tournament. As previously reported by Sherdog.com, Tim Carpenter, Raphael Davis and D.J. Linderman are also expected to take part in the competition. Light heavyweight quarterfinals will likely be contested on March 26 at Bellator 38.

“I’m looking forward to being part of Bellator’s first-ever light heavyweight tournament,” Davis said. “I welcome the thought of having to fight as often as I will. I’m going to just stay in shape and train all the time. I think it will help accelerate my learning curve and help me to get better.”
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