Bellator Holding Open Tryouts in Philadelphia

Bellator is giving unsigned Mixed Martial Artists a chance to showcase their talents (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
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Daddis Fight Camps in Downtown Philadelphia will Host Tryouts on October 2nd

Philadelphia (Tuesday, September 21, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that it will host an open tryout on Saturday, October 2nd, at Daddis Fight Camps in downtown Philadelphia. With Bellator 33 on tap for October 21st at The Liacouras Center, this unique opportunity for undiscovered Mixed Martial Artists will kick off a busy month for Bellator in the City of Brotherly Love.

“Philadelphia is a hotbed for MMA talent, so holding a tryout before our October 21st nationally televised event seemed like the right time and the right place,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “We have discovered some great talents in our past open tryouts, including Tyler Stinson, Bryan Goldsby, and James Krause, who all went on to compete in the Bellator Tournament.”

The tryout, which is open to the public and the media, will get started at 11:00 a.m. on the morning of October 2nd. The location of Daddis Fight Camps is 1719 Washington Avenue in Philadelphia, and among the judges for the event will be Bellator matchmaker Sam Caplan, Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez and gym owner Brad Daddis. All fighters who wish to try out are asked to bring their own equipment in addition to a driver’s license or other form of government issued identification. Anyone who is under contract to another MMA promotion is not eligible to compete in the tryouts.

After the open tryout, Bellator heads back to Philadelphia for Bellator 33 less than three weeks later on October 21st. Featured in the main event that evening will be a huge pairing of Philadelphia native Alvarez (20-2) and UFC veteran Roger Huerta (24-4-1). This highly anticipated fight comes to fruition after Bellator Season Two Lightweight Tournament Champion Pat Curran was forced to pull from a title match with Alvarez due to a shoulder tear. Curran upset Huerta in the second round of the lightweight tournament when all three judges gave him a tight 29-28 unanimous decision victory. When Curran announced his injury would prevent him for being able to battle Alvarez for the title, Bellator matchmakers put Huerta onto the bill.

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