Attention all wannabe mixed martial artists: Bellator Fighting Championships will host an open tryout on Saturday, January 28th to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an undiscovered professional fighter to earn a spot in one of the organization’s upcoming events.
The auditions take place at the Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Registration starts at 1PM ET, with tryouts beginning promptly at 2PM EST.
“We’ve had tremendous success with our open tryouts in the past, and I expect the same type of talent to come out on January 28th,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “This is an organization that rewards fighters that have earned their spot, and that’s what these tryouts are all about.”
Fighters must be prepared to present their MixedMartialArts.com ID. Candidates also have to be unrestricted free agents and cannot have any contractual obligations to another mixed martial arts promotion.
In addition, athletes need to bring MMA gloves, boxing gloves, a cup and a mouth piece. The tryout will consist of a grappling session followed by a striking session. Pad holders will be provided, but fighters are encouraged to bring their own pad holders for optimum performance.
Bellator’s open tryouts have produced a number of fighters that have appeared in the company’s events, including Kenny Foster, Bryan Goldsby, Giedrius Karavackas, Jeremy Spoon, Ailton Barbosa, Gregory Milliard, Tyler Stinson and James Krause.