Bellator Fighting Championships announced Monday they will kick-off their inaugural light heavyweight tournament in March 2011 on MTV2.
“We’ve wanted to add a Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament since Season 1, but wanted to ensure that when we did it, we had a great group fighting for the title. Now, we do,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “One of the best parts of my job is handing over the Bellator World Title belt to a new champion, and I’ll have the pleasure of doing it again this upcoming season.”
After scouring the earth far and wide, Bellator brass have selected six of the eight fighters that will compete to become the organization’s first 205-pound king. The victor will also pocket a $100,000 commission for their championship efforts.
Bellator did not name which athletes have agreed to participate in their tournament, but stated the complete roster will be announced within the coming days.
Just try not to steal Santa Claus’ thunder on Saturday.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of last week’s bulletin regarding Bellator’s newly inked partnership with MTV2. The Music Television’s little brother will telecast two live tournaments per year, plus a collection of special feature events starting in 2011.
Here are Bellator’s reigning champions:
Heavyweight: Cole Konrad
Light Heavyweight: ???
Middleweight: Hector Lombard
Welterweight: Ben Askren
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez
Featherweight: Joe Warren
Bantamweight: Zack Makovsky
Women’s 115-pounds: Zoila Frausto