As expected, Bellator Fighting Championships has just announced that former UFC superstar Roger Huerta will join the startup organization and compete in their eight-man lightweight tournament at Bellator XIII on April 8th.
The company confirmed the news during a press conference today, however MMAJunkie.com had reported over the weekend that Huerta had been granted his formal release from the UFC last week and was headed for Bellator.
Huerta is the seventh 155-pounder added to BFC’s highly anticipated second season. He owns an impressive 20-3-1 professional record, however has lost two consecutive Octagon bouts. “El Matador” was last seen dropping a split decision to Gray Maynard at “UFC Fight Night 19.”
Bellator’s twelve-week season broadcasts live on FOX Sports Net on Thursday nights, with highlights of the most recent show airing on NBC and Telemundo over the immediate weekend.
This year’s participants compete in featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight tournaments for the right to face the season one champions.
As for Huerta and his lightweight counterparts, they can earn $100,000 over three fights in three months. Should Huerta take the eight-man tourney, he’ll get the opportunity to face current Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Other fighters confirmed for the lightweight tournament include season-one runner-up Toby Imada, Chad Hinton, Janne Tulirinta, Ferrid Kheder, Mike Ricci and Cary Vanier. The 1stRound of Bellator’s 155-pound tournament kicks off April 8th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.