McCullough is a former WEC Lightweight Champion (Photo by Jeff Sherwood, Sherdog).
Bellator Announces Rob McCullough as First Participant in Lightweight Tournament
Bellator Fighting Championships officially announced this week that it will kick off its fourth season on March 5th on MTV2, making the move from Thursday evenings to Saturday nights. The promotion also stated that Rob McCullough (19-6) is the first participant in its upcoming lightweight tournament, with the winner vowing for a title shot against current champion Eddie Alvarez.
“With our spectacular partnership with MTV2, MMA fans now have a place to watch Bellator live every Saturday night,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney remarked. “Our fourth season is absolutely loaded with talent, and I can’t wait to get the action started at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino when we return to California on March 5.”
Among the tournaments which will take place during the fourth season of the show include a featherweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and lightweight competition. The first fighter announced by the promotion to battle in the lightweight tournament is Rob McCullough, who is the former champion of that weight class in World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). The WEC recently hosted its final event in 2010 and was officially absorbed by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).
“We’re excited to add a championship quality fighter like Rob McCullough to this tournament,” Rebney commented. “Rob’s fights are always entertaining, and I expect nothing less this season.”
Currently training out of the HB Ultimate Training Center in Huntington Beach, California, McCullough was a five-time Muay Thai World Champion before turning to the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts in 2001. Once accustomed to his new career, the West Coast native began to shine before admittedly losing his focus in the cage due to social activities outside of it. Now back and once again dedicated to his craft, McCullough is determined to recapture the success he was enjoying prior to being distracted.
“You're definitely going to see a new and improved version of ‘Razor’ Rob in Bellator,” he confirmed. “I have a family now, so I'm not out running around like I was before. I'm more conditioned and focused than ever. I've completely rededicated myself to this sport. This is my career. I'm supporting a little boy and a wife now. It's become bigger than just me.”
In terms of preparation for the upcoming Bellator Lightweight Tournament, McCullough says he is already deeply engulfed in a highly demanding training regimen.
“I've been training for the last six months straight, twice a day, every day,” he stated. “I've been adding new elements to my game, tweaking things and working on old techniques. I've got nothing but positive people surrounding me, and I'm ready to get back to the top.”
In addition to a title shot against Alvarez, McCullough is in pursuit of a $100,000 purse, which will be awarded to the winner of this eight-man competition.