M'Pumbu looks to make noise when the tournament gets underway (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Stoppage Specialist to Compete for Light Heavyweight Title
Bellator Fighting Championships has confirmed the addition of Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1) to its upcoming light heavyweight tournament, which gets underway this March on MTV2. The stoppage specialist, who has four wins by knockout and another eight by submission, now sets his sights on becoming the first-ever light heavyweight champion under the Bellator banner.
“Christian’s dangerous in every facet of the game, and he could use this platform on MTV2 to establish himself as a force in the 205 division,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated of M’Pumbu.
Currently fighting out of M-1 Mixfight in Paris, M’Pumbu was born in Kinshasa in the Republic of Congo. The 33-year-old Mixed Martial Artist began his training in combat sports when he was a teenager, originally crafting his fight game through Kyukushinkai Karate. Nicknamed Tonton, M’Pumbu officially turned to MMA at the age of 25 and registered his first professional fight in 2004, a 32-second knockout of Kuljit Degun at UKMMAC 7: Rage & Fury. The southpaw fighter rallied off nine consecutive wins to start his career, including a first round submission of UFC veteran Stefan Struve, and he has since gone 6-3-1 in 10 outings.
Feeling like he has something to prove, M’Pumbu now shifts his focus to the inaugural Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament.
“I have wanted to take a step up in competition for some time now. I'm ready for this,” he remarked. “I truly believe that I will be the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Champion. I'm excited about the future. Hard work always pays off.”
With M’Pumbu now set to join the competition, he is added to a list that includes Richard Hale, Tim Carpenter, DJ Linderman, Chris Davis, Nik Fekete and Daniel Gracie. In addition to the light heavyweight title, the winner of this tournament will also take home a $100,000 purse.