Calling all wannabe mixed martial artists! Bellator Fighting Championships will host an open tryout on July 16th that will provide an opportunity for a fighter to earn a spot in one of the organization’s upcoming events.
“The Tri-State area is a true MMA hotbed and rich in talent, so I’m expecting big things to come out of our July 16th tryout,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Tryouts take place at the Daddis Fight Camps in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Registration starts at 1PM ET, with auditions beginning promptly at 2PM ET. To help expedite things for Saturday, Bellator is now allowing fighters to register online.
Only fighters from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware will be eligible to win a spot on the undercard of a future Bellator event in New Jersey. Candidates who are traveling from different states are encouraged to tryout, but they will be scouted for other future roster openings.
Fighters must bring MMA gloves, boxing gloves, an athletic protector and a mouthpiece. There will be no live striking, but there will be live grappling. The tryouts are only open to professionals and they must be prepared to present their MixedMartialArts.com ID.
Contestants must also be unrestricted free agents and cannot have any contractual obligations to another mixed martial arts promotion.
Bellator’s open tryouts have produced a number of fighters that have appeared in Bellator shows including, Kenny Foster, Tyler Stinson, Anthony Lapsley, Anthony Leone, Jose Vega, John Orr and Jared Downing.