Weedman is currently riding a 10-match winning streak (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Bellator’s Welterweight Tournament to Kick Off in March
Brent Weedman (18-5-1) has been confirmed for Bellator Fighting Championship’s upcoming Welterweight Tournament, which will get started in March on MTV2. Currently riding a 10-fight winning streak, Weedman now seeks three more victories to land himself a title shot with Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren.
“It's an absolute fact that people are sleeping on me going into this tournament,” Weedman said of the upcoming competition. “This tournament is filled with big names in the welterweight division, and a couple other guys. I happen to be one of those other guys. But that doesn't affect my end of the deal. I'm still bringing it. Whether or not they know it’s coming or not is up to them.”
The last three fights for Weedman have been under the Bellator banner, and all of them have been ended in the first round. In fact, all 18 wins on his resume have been stoppage victories, and the Louisville native will bring that mentality into the upcoming welterweight tournament.
“I'm always looking to finish the fight,” Weedman remarked. “That's something I feel very strongly about. I'm a finisher. I've always had that mentality in any sport I've ever played. I play to win decisively.”
While he has not lost a fight in nearly three years, Weedman insists that is something far from his mind as the upcoming tournament approaches.
“Right now, I feel like I'm 0-0,” he commented. “This tournament is the big leagues. It's the real deal. All that matters now is win or go home. Whoever wins this tournament is going to be solidified. We all fight because we love to fight, but we're all looking for recognition as well. Whoever wins this tournament will be in the spotlight in a big way.”
Currently fighting out of Team Haycraft in Louisville, Weedman has a strong background in Judo and bare knuckle karate. He became a professional Mixed Martial Artist in 2005 with the HOOKnSHOOT promotion, making stops with a few different shows before fighting with Bellator. Among the notable opponents he has faced include UFC Lightweight contender Gray Maynard in 2006 and Dan Hornbuckle later that year. Hornbuckle is among the competitors who will battle in the upcoming Bellator Welterweight Tournament after reaching the finals against Askren in its season two competition.
“Brent has put on some incredible performances for us over the last two seasons,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “He’s earned the right to be added to the Season 4 Welterweight Tournament. Brent has the raw talent and potential to do big things in the tournament, which will be one of our most competitive to date.”
Weedman currently has one championship under his belt, winning the American Fight League Welterweight Title in 2008 after submitting Douglas Lima at AFL: Bulletproof in Atlanta.