Fekete hopes to continue his unbeaten run (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Former D-1 All-American Wrestler Joins Light Heavyweight Competition
Bellator Fighting Championships has added a second participant to its upcoming light heavyweight tournament, which gets underway this March on MTV2. Joining Daniel Gracie as the second Mixed Martial Artist confirmed for the eight-man competition is former NCAA D-1 All-American wrestler Nik Fekete (4-0), a Michigan State product who has yet to suffer a professional defeat.
“Fekete is a light heavyweight we've been keeping a very close eye on, and I'm excited to let fans on MTV2 have the chance to see what he is capable of in this tournament to crown our first World Champion at 205 pounds,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated.
Representing Xtreme Couture and fighting out of New York City, Fekete has trained alongside the likes of accomplished fighters such as UFC veterans Rashad Evans, Gray Maynard and Roy Nelson. Prior to his current life in MMA, the 30-year-old grappler spent time in Beijing to work with the U.S. Wrestling National Team, and that trip to China is what sparked his interest to evolve in the sport.
“I went out to Beijing for a month-and-a-half in 2008 for the Olympics to help the team train, and as soon as I got back home, I packed my stuff up and I moved to Vegas,” Fekete reflected. “I started teaching classes at Xtreme Couture, and then Wanderlei Silva asked for my help, so I helped teach him a couple different things. I was kind of like a freelance guy, going from gym to gym. I helped train Vitor Belfort for his fight with Matt Lindland, so I would just go from fighter to fighter in Vegas, soaking up as much as I could.”
Fekete began fighting professionally just over a year ago, but he feels that he is now prepared to take his game to the next level.
“I think 2011 is going to be a breakthrough year for me,” he stated. “I've been training my whole life, and I've been training non-stop for more than two years in MMA. It may sound cliché, but I’m truly excited to go out there and put on a show for all of the fans in attendance, and the millions that will be watching on MTV2.”
Fekete and Gracie are currently the only two competitors who are confirmed for the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament, but the promotion is expecting to announce the rest of the field in the coming weeks.