Carpenter will put his perfect record on the line in this tournament (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Field Falling into Place for Upcoming Competition
Tim Carpenter (6-0) has officially been added to the upcoming Bellator Fighting Championships Light Heavyweight Tournament, as the undefeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt aims to be the first-ever champion for the promotion in the weight class. The competition will get underway this March on MTV2, with the winner taking home a $100,000 purse in addition to being the first person to strap on the belt.
“When I started looking at Bellator and I saw the list of champions and tournament winners, it’s really impressive,” Carpenter remarked. “You have guys that are at the top of the sport fighting for Bellator, and it’s exciting to get the chance to compete in a tournament like this. Once you hit that championship level at Bellator, you're in there with guys like Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard, Ben Askren, Cole Konrad and Zack Makovsky. It would be an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with those guys.”
A native of Philadelphia, Carpenter trains in the City of Brotherly Love at Balance Studios under the guidance of world renowned trainers Phil and Ricardo Migliarese.
“The fight scene here in Philadelphia is great,” Carpenter stated. “It’s really like a family, and it really pushes you to be at your best. I’m always training, and it has turned me into a really well rounded fighter. I’m comfortable on my feet, but also on the ground, and my training here has a lot to do with it.”
After spending his first five professional matches fighting under a variety of different banners, Carpenter made his debut for Bellator last October in Philadelphia at Bellator 33, scoring a split decision victory over Jamal Patterson. His perseverance in that outing was enough to convince Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney to include him among the field of light heavyweights.
“Tim was very impressive at Bellator 33, and it was that performance that made us realize that he could be a great addition to our light heavyweight tournament,” Rebney said.
With Carpenter now set as an addition, the pieces for this competition continue to fall into place. Other fighters already confirmed to be joining Carpenter include DJ Linderman, Chris Davis, Nik Fekete and Daniel Gracie.