George brings a 20-3 record to the tournament (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Featherweight Tournament Set to Begin in March
A second participant has been added to the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, with the promotion announcing Zac George (20-3) is now set for the competition. The Oklahoma native will now join Eric Larkin (3-0) as the second confirmed Mixed Martial Artist to battle for a right to challenge current champion Joe Warren (6-1).
“Zac George finishes fights and often finishes them early,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Anyone he faces in our featherweight tournament this March will need to be at the very top of their game to hope to get out with a victory.”
Fighting out of Team Quest in Oregon, George is currently riding a six-match winning streak and has not been defeated since a TKO loss to Josh Souder in May of 2008. The veteran MMA fighter turned professional in 2004 and raced out to an 11-0 record over a three-year span before suffering the first blemish on his resume. Before he turned to MMA, George enjoyed a successful amateur career in combat sports, going 15-1 while boxing and 18-1 in the world of kickboxing.
“I've wanted to fight for Bellator for a while now,” George remarked. “It's an exciting weight class, and Bellator has a bunch of really talented fighters with records similar to mine. They're hungry guys looking for their shot, and they all want to go out there to beat some people up and make some money. I'm really excited about it.”
While George has not fought since submitting Bellator veteran Bryan Goldsby in October of 2009, he feels that cage rust will not be an issue when the featherweight tournament gets underway.
“It's going to mean the world to me when I win this tournament,” George commented. “There is no if in my mind. I wouldn't enter this thing if I didn't know that I was going to go out there and stomp on some guys. I'm going to go out there and put on some exciting fights, beat these guys up, and make a living while I'm at it.”
When George and the rest of the field who is competing in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament get things kicked off in Mrach, the entire competition will be aired on MTV2, which recently entered a three-year agreement with the promotion.