Up to this point, Sandro has spent his career in Brazil and Japan (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Former Sengoku Featherweight Champion Making Debut in 2011
The featherweight division of the Bellator Fighting Championships has become much more experienced, with the promotion announcing that it has signed former Sengoku Featherweight Champion Marlon Sandro (17-2). While he will not compete in its upcoming featherweight tournament this season, Sandro will make his debut under the Bellator banner sometime during 2011.
“Marlon Sandro is a phenomenal talent at 145,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Our featherweight division is absolutely stacked, and Sandro pushes that talent pool to an even higher level. I’m thrilled to have him on board.”
Sandro is currently the King of Pancrase Featherweight Champion, and the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt has split his professional career fighting in Brazil and Japan thus far during his time as a Mixed Martial Artist. A native of Brazil, Sandro won 14 consecutive matches before suffering his first defeat, a split decision loss to Michihiro Omigawa in a must-decide outing in the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinals in 2009. He then needed a total of 3:20 to score three straight knockout victories before falling to Hatsu Hioki this past December in Tokyo via unanimous decision.
The fourth season of Bellator gets underway this Saturday at Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, California, with the first four quarterfinal fights of its welterweight tournament taking place on the card. The entire 12-week season will be aired live on MTV2, which signed a three-year deal with the promotion last year.