Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney (left) | Keith
Bellator Fighting Championships will kick off its fourth season
and third welterweight tournament on March 5 at the Tachi Palace
Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., Sherdog.com has learned from
While not confirmed, the card could feature all four quarterfinals
from the 170-pound bracket. The event will mark the promotion’s
live broadcast debut on MTV2, the network with which Bellator
agreed to a multi-year deal last month.
Bellator 115-pound women’s champion Zoila
Frausto has been rumored as a possible competitor on the March
5 show, but sources tell Sherdog.com that her participation remains
unofficial. Meanwhile, Strikeforce veteran Waachiim
Spiritwolf and “Tachi Kid” Poppies
Martinez will likely square off against to-be-named opponents
on the event’s undercard.
Sherdog.com has also been informed that Bellator has expressed
interest in holding a Season four event at the nearby Eagle
Mountain Casino in Porterville, Calif.
Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tournament was won by Tiger
Schulmann product Lyman Good in
2009. Last year, Olympic wrestler Ben Askren
won the tournament’s second iteration and later defeated Good to
become the promotion’s undisputed champion.
The tournament field for Season four includes former champion Good,
as well as Dan
Hornbuckle, Jay Hieron,
Weedman and Steve Carl.
While not officially announced by the promotion, Hieron-Carl and
Wallhead-Hawn matchups have been reported for the opening
Jeff Sherwood contributed to this report.