Lozano (right) defeated Yoshiyuki Yoshida in his Bellator debut last September (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Unbeaten Knockout Artist Joins Impressive Roster for Welterweight Tournament
One thing is definitely sure regarding the upcoming Bellator Welterweight Tournament, and that is every fight is looking like “can’t miss” television. One of the latest additions to the tournament is undefeated knockout specialist Chris Lozano (6-0), who has won each of his six professional matches by way of TKO or knockout.
“It's hard to put a limit to Chris’ potential in the welterweight division,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney remarked. “His skills and ability have shown through devastating stoppages time and time again. It will be great to watch Lozano face the toughest test(s) of his fast-rising career in our Season 4 Welterweight Tournament.”
Currently fighting out of the Strong Style Fight Team in Cleveland, Lozano began to build his fighting background as a young athlete, beginning with boxing and Taekwondo before adding wrestling to his portfolio in high school. That versatile background eventually led to an area of expertise when he became a professional Mixed Martial Artist less than two years ago.
“I fight to finish people. I don't fight to be nice,” Lozano stated. “I understand that it's a sport, but at the same time, I'm in there to finish guys. I'm going to come into this tournament the same way I've come into every single one of my fights, and that's to put guys away.”
Lozano began his professional MMA career battling in the Cleveland-based North American Allied Fight Series (NAAFS) and won all four of his first five bouts without ever hearing the bell for the second round. He made his Bellator debut last September in Louisiana at Bellator 31, finishing Yoshiyuki Yoshida by TKO when his corner did not send him out for the third round. That victory is what punched his ticket into the Season 4 Welterweight Tournament.
“I've always been hungry, but I'm hungrier than I've ever been right now,” Lozano said. “Knowing how stacked this tournament is going to be, and knowing how bad I want to win it, has really helped to elevate my game. From the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep, there's only one thing on my mind, and that's being ready and prepared for this tournament.”
The Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament will kick off in March, as the promotion begins the first of a three-year partnership with MTV2.