Five participants are now confirmed for Bellator
Fighting Championships’ rapidly approaching light heavyweight
tournament, as the promotion announced Wednesday the addition of
Arizona-based prospect Richard "Rare
Breed" Hale to the eight-man bracket.
Hale joins Tim
Carpenter, Chris Davis,
Fekete and D.J.
Linderman on the roster of official competitors for the
tourney, which will crown Bellator’s inaugural 205-pound champion.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Daniel
Gracie and Raphael
Davis are also rumored to join the field. While not officially
announced by the promotion, the 205-pound tournament quarterfinals
are expected to take place March 26 at
The 25-year-old Hale, 15-3-1 in his MMA campaign, has spent the
bulk of his career competing for Arizona’s long-running Rage in
the Cage promotion, where he has gone 13-1 and held titles at
light heavyweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight. However, the
6-foot-4 Ohio native says the weight at which he will compete for
Bellator suits him best.
“I absolutely feel like I’m more powerful and explosive at 205
pounds,” Hale stated in a release. “My strength and my stamina is
better, and just everything all around. With the weight cut and
everything, it pushes me to be a better athlete.”
Hale has lost just once in his last 13 outings --
a September 2009 majority decision defeat to Strikeforce
Britt -- and has finished 13 of his 15 career wins.