Linderman has five stoppages in eight career wins (Photo by Thomas Martinez, Sherdog.com).
California Native Confirmed for Light Heavyweight Competition
Bellator Fighting Championships has confirmed the addition of D.J. Linderman (8-1) for its upcoming light heavyweight tournament, with the stoppage specialist looking to become the first Bellator Champion in the weight division. The competition gets underway this March on MTV2, with the winner securing a $100,000 purse in addition to the title.
“D.J. should bring great power with him when he makes the cut to 205 pounds for the first time in our light heavyweight tournament on MTV2,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney remarked. “He had a very aggressive style at heavyweight, so at 205, he could be a force in this tournament.”
Linderman generally fights in the neighborhood of 250 pounds, but the California native has been more than up to the challenge of dropping to the light heavyweight division.
“I want to improve my game all around,” he stated. “I want to improve my cardio, my strength and my quickness. Being a heavyweight that's dropping down to light heavyweight has its advantages. I feel like I will be better than ever at light heavyweight.”
A 27-year-old representative of Team Do Somethin’, Linderman has fought for a variety of promotions over his nine professional matches, most regularly with SportFight in Oregon. For his career, he has registered two TKOs, three submission wins and three decision victories, with his lone blemish coming at the hands of the judges against Devin Cole in 2009. Currently riding a three-bout winning streak, Linderman is now ready for the challenge of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament.
“I've never competed in a tournament like this before, so I'm really excited to take part in this one with Bellator,” he stated. “I know this tournament will have a bunch of great fighters, and they're going to try to put everything they have out there, and so will I. I'm looking to make a name for myself to the millions of fans that will be watching on MTV2.”
With the addition of Linderman, four names have been announced as competitors in the upcoming light heavyweight tournament. Others confirmed for the competition are Chris Davis, Nik Fekete and Daniel Gracie.