bruno-carvalho-1.jpgHe almost made it to 145 pounds. But alas, 149 was where he wound up.

Bruno Carvalho still managed to earn a split-decision win in his most recent fight, which came this past September against Maicon Bastos in Brazil, but he’s headed back to lightweight as he makes his Bellator debut this week.

“I feel great at this weight,” Carvalho told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I’m excited for the fight and plan to put on a show.”

Carvalho (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC), who on Thursday meets Edson Berto (16-10-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) at Bellator 94, this past summer told MMAjunkie.com about his plan to fight at featherweight and lightweight to make himself more attractive to the UFC.

Missing weight, though, is never attractive to big promotions, and Carvalho recognizes the need to make a good impression out of the gate.

“I’m on a two-year contract,” he said. “This fight now is highly important. Depending on the result, I might gain a spot on the next lightweight tournament. It’s an opportunity that I don’t want to let pass.

“I’ve trained as much as I could so I can move up the Bellator rankings. I don’t wish to merely participate. My goal is to be the lightweight champion.”

Bellator 94 takes place at USF Sun Dome. The event’s main card airs live on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com, which carries Carvalho vs. Berto.

Carvalho left his first chosen sport of muay Thai to pursue a career in MMA, and he’s 8-2 as a professional. He joins dozens of top lightweights who hope to compete in Bellator’s next tournament, which could take place this summer.

Carvalho already has brushed shoulders with the world’s biggest fight promotion. He said he passed tryouts for the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” but the show’s producers decided last minute to recruit talent from the welterweight division.

Now comes another opportunity to gain the kind of exposure he needs to take his career to the next level.

“I see this as the greatest opportunity in my career,” he said. “I going there to dominate. I’ve talked the talk. Now I’m going to walk the walk. I want to be the champ. I want to show the world that I’m No. 1 in my weight class.

“I’ve matured a lot as a fighter since last year. I’m better prepared for greater challenges. I’m more serious now. I don’t party. I just train and go home.”

For more on Bellator 94, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator tourney winner 'Frodo' Khasbulaev signs with WSOF, promotion seeks opponent

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA Season 8 featherweight tournament winner Magomedrasul Khasbulaev has signed a multi-fight deal with WSOF, and the promotion is now seeking an opponent to face him at June’s WSOF 21 event read news >>

Veteran slugger Melvin Guillard signs with Bellator

  • 23 days ago
  • 2 views

Veteran lightweight slugger Melvin Guillard, who’s recently competed for the UFC and WSOF, has signed with Bellator MMA.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, WSOF read news >>

Bellator signs K-1 World GP champion Ewerton Teixeira

  • 23 days ago
  • 9 views

Bellator has added a Brazilian heavyweight to its roster. Ewerton Teixeira, Winner of the K-1 World GP in 2008 and world champion in kyokushin, has signed a deal with Bellator, sources close to the s read news >>

Mayweather - Pacquiao FREE $100 Kountermove fantasy boxing tourney

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Kountermove brings another free cash tourney to Bloody Elbow readers for this weekend's Mayweather-Pacquiao fight card. Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally put up their d read news >>

Karakhanyan out, Weichel in for title fight at Bellator 138: Slice vs. Shamrock

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Top contender suffers torn ACL, Weichel jumps in against "Pitbull" Freire. Bellator MMA's top-featherweight contender Georgi Karakhanyan reportedly suffered a torn ACL and is out of his Bellator 138 read news >>

@JonJones Pokes Fun at Jon Jones Twitter Haters

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

So what did @JonJones do when the Twitterati took aim at Jon Jones, not knowing they were firing at @JonJones? Had a little fun... of course! read news >>

Bellator 138: Daniel Weichel vs. Patricio Pitbull title fight set with Georgi Karakhanyan hurt

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Georgi Karakhanyan has been waiting four years to get his revenge on Patricio "Pitbull" Freire in Bellator. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury in training, he's going to have to wait just a little b read news >>

Knee Injury Forces Bellator 138 Featherweight Championship Change

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator featherweight title challenger Georgi Karakhanyan suffered a knee injury that has forced him out of his title bid against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. read news >>

Torn ACL sidelines Karakhanyan from Bellator 138, Daniel Weichel meets 'Pitbull' for title

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

The featherweight title co-main event of June’s Bellator 138 card has a new challenger with Georgi Karakhanyan out and Daniel Weichel in vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumor read news >>