Reis touts 11 wins in 13 professional fights (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Two-Time Featherweight Tournament Veteran Joins Season 4 Version
Bellator veteran Wilson Reis (11-2) has been confirmed for its upcoming Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, with the 2004 World Jiu-Jitsu Champion making an appearance in a third straight featherweight competition by the promotion. In his first two outings, Reis reached the semifinal round in tournaments held during the show’s first and second seasons, and those two defeats remain the lone blemishes on his professional record.
“I came up short in the first two tournaments, and this is my chance to make things right,” Reis remarked. “I absolutely believe that I can win it, and that's why I decided to get involved this time around. I'm going to give it all I have, take it one fight at a time, and in every fight, do my best.”
Born in Brazil and currently fighting out of Philadelphia, Reis rallied off seven consecutive victories to start his career before suffering his first loss at the hands of Joe Soto at Bellator 6. He now has six total fights under the Bellator banner, going 4-2 and winning his last pairing by decision over Deividas Taurosevièius at Bellator 33.
“Wilson’s part of our family,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “He’s been with us from the very beginning, and his overall game improves every time he enters the Bellator cage. I can’t wait to see the next step in his evolution as he enters the deepest featherweight tournament we’ve ever had.”
Reis started making the first significant noise of his career in the now defunct Elite XC. After winning three consecutive matches with the show, he landed the first title shot of his career when he faced Abel Cullum at ShoXC 8 in Santa Ynez, California. After five grueling rounds, the Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt was named the victor via unanimous decision, making him the first and only Elite XC Bantamweight Champion.
Now a four-year veteran of the sport, Reis says that he is much better prepared for this upcoming tournament, and he credits experience as being the main reason for that.
“I'm wiser in this sport right now than I've ever been before,” he confirmed. “I've been training for four years now, so I'm really starting to understand every aspect of the game. The wrestling, the Jiu-Jitsu and the kickboxing, and blending them all together. I'm better than I've ever been right now.”
Reis is the sixth confirmed participant in the Bellator Featherweight Tournament, joining Daniel Straus, Georgi Karakhanyan, Kenny Foster, Eric Larkin and Zac George. The competition will get underway in March, with each match being aired live on MTV2.