Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Beginning To Take Shape

Dec 16, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- After a Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament that saw Brazilian phenom Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas (@Dudantas22) secure a title shot against reigning Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky, eight of the world’s top 135 pounders are back for Bellator’s sixth season, eager to claim a title shot of their own. Bellator will begin its sixth season Friday, March 2 LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.

“Our Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament was stacked with world class talent, but this one may be ever stronger,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “There is not an easy fight anywhere in this group and we have a couple of surprise announcements coming soon that will take this to the next level.”

While all eight tournament participants have yet to be announced, the field is beginning to take shape. Fresh off a finals appearance in last season’s tournament, Alexis Vila (@Alexis_Vila135) will return to the Bellator cage for another shot at a tournament championship. “The Exorcist” became a fan favorite after delivering a stunning knockout to Joe Warren at Bellator 51 (Watch Here: http://bit.ly/n3N5UB), and will look to provide nightmares to the competition this season.

Bellator tournament veteran, Ed “Wild” West (@EdWestMMA) is back and looking to avenge his split-decision loss to Eduardo Dantas with a long tournament run. In his last 11 fights, West has only two blemishes on an otherwise impressive record. The losses came at the hands of World Champion Makovsky and the aforementioned Dantas, and West knows winning the tournament will guarantee a rematch and a chance to pay back one of the two world-class fighters.

“I’d love to fight Dantas again,” West said. “Either guy would be fun, but I’d love to get another shot at Dantas. I’d never look past this tournament, and I know the field is going to be really tough, but that fact is certainly present, and I’m ready to get started.”

Nova Uniao product Marcos Galvao (@MarcosGalvaoMMA) will try his hand at another Bellator tournament after suffering a controversial split-decision loss to Alexis Vila at Bellator 55. Many thought Galvao, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, controlled the pace during his fight with Vila, but the judges felt differently and “Loro” will be looking to finish his opponents during his Season six tournament run.

Two promising Brazilians will be looking to make an impression as Luis “Betao” Nogueira (@NogueiraRFT) and Rodrigo Lima (@rodrigoratinho1) have both been confirmed for the Season 6 tournament. Lima makes his Bellator debut compiling a perfect 9-0 record, including seven finishes.

Announcements on the three remaining participants will be coming shortly, as well as tournament pairings for the highly anticipated tournament.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator

About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

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EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies.

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