Held brings an impressive 10-1 pro record to this tournament (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Polish Prospect Sets Focus on Bellator Title
The final piece of the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament has been announced, with young Polish prospect Marcin Held (10-1) confirmed as the final participant. Along with seven other hopefuls, the 19-year-old Mixed Martial Artist has set his sights on moving through the competition to win a $100,000 purse and title shot against current champion Eddie Alvarez.
"Marcin is a young fighter with a lot of hype surrounding him, and I'm happy that we've been able to bring him to the States and let U.S. fans see what he's capable of," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "Marcin's a true talent with great potential and will make a fantastic addition to our lightweight tournament."
His inaugural action in the Bellator cage will also be the first for Held away from Poland. Highly regarded as a prodigy in his native country, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist is anxious to show American fight fans what type of skill set that he possesses.
"I'm very eager to show fans here in America what I can do in this lightweight tournament," he remarked. "I have been waiting for this for so long. I just want to show my best."
Held got his first taste of Mixed Martial Arts when he was just nine-years-old, and the young fighter has been rather dedicated to the sport for the past decade. He recorded his first professional MMA match in 2008, and the determined competitor feels that the time is now right for him to turn it up a notch.
"I'm at the point in my career where I want to take that step up to the next level of the sport," he said. "To challenge myself against world class opposition is why I got into the sport, and now I'll be able to with Bellator.”
With Held on board, the field is officially set for the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament. He joins Toby Imada, Patricky Freire, Ferrid Kheder, Lloyd Woodard, Michael Chandler, Carey Vanier and Rob McCullough as the eight participants for the competition, which will take place over a 12-week season from March until May. Bellator will have live broadcasts of the entire tournament, kicking off a three-year deal that the promotion signed with MTV2 on March 5th.