Patricky Freire's chance for revenge on Michael Chandler starts in Bellator's sixth season. | Photo: Dave Mandel
Four men are now confirmed for Bellator Fighting Championships’ sixth-season lightweight tournament.
Sherdog.com Wednesday confirmed the participation of Ricardo Tirloni, Brent Weedman, Rick Hawn and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire in the upcoming 155-pound draw. Promotion officials initially announced that Weedman and Hawn would make the cut to lightweight in 2012, though tournament plans for the pair were not specified.
Bellator Season 6 is expected to kick off in March and will feature tournaments in the bantamweight, featherweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions, in addition to the lightweight proceedings. Season 6 events will air Friday nights on MTV2.
Tirloni, 28, has tasted defeat only once as a professional, falling to lightweight standout Ben Henderson in July 2008. A winner in his last 11 outings, the Brazilian made a successful Bellator debut in October, submitting Steve Gable with a second-round rear-naked choke.
A two-time Bellator welterweight tournament participant, Weedman will make his first lightweight appearance in Season 6. After posting 10 consecutive wins from May 2008 to March 2011, the Team Haycraft representative dropped back-to-back fights to close out this year, falling by decision to Jay Hieron and Chris Lozano.
Hawn suffered the first loss of his professional career in his last bout, dropping a split decision to Hieron in the Season 4 welterweight tournament finals. Prior to that defeat, the Olympic judoka had rattled off 11-straight wins, finishing seven opponents by knockout.
Known for his heavy hands and his aggressiveness, Freire was impressive in fighting his way to the finals of the Season 4 lightweight draw before stumbling against Michael Chandler. “Pitbull” rebounded from the defeat by posting a knockout win over UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino in his most recent outing, finishing “Batman” in just 50 seconds on Nov. 26.