Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney made the announcement on Monday (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Inaugural Tournament to Start in March 2011
Bellator Fighting Championships announced on Monday that it will host an inaugural Light Heavyweight Tournament when its season four gets underway in March of 2011. Eight fighters will compete for the right to be crowned the first-ever Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion, with the tournament being aired live on MTV2.
“We’ve wanted to add a Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament since season one but wanted to ensure that when we did it, we had a great group fighting for the title. Now, we do,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “One of the best parts of my job is handing over the Bellator World Title Belt to a new champion, and I’ll have the pleasure of doing it again this upcoming season.”
Bellator stated that six of the eight participants for the tournament have already been selected. The promotion is currently searching for the final pair of 205-pounders, and fighters are expected to be revealed over the upcoming weeks.
The announcement of the Light Heavyweight Tournament is the second wave of major news coming from Bellator in the past week. Heads were turned in the Mixed Martial Arts community last Tuesday when Bellator announced it had reached a three-year deal with MTV2 to broadcast its weekly shows.
“We are thrilled to partner with MTV2, which has such a strong audience of hard-to-reach young guys,” Rebney commented. “With a timeslot on a prominent nationally-distributed cable network aimed at young men, we now have the perfect platform to showcase our exciting, action-packed tournaments and fighters.”
Locations for Bellator’s fourth season have not been announced yet, but the promotion is in the process of solidifying which cities will be stops on its upcoming campaign.