Deep veteran Hiroshi
“Iron” Nakamura is set to follow countryman Masakatsu
Ueda into Bellator
Fighting Championships’ sixth-season bantamweight
Bellator officials Saturday announced the addition of Japanese
standout Nakamura, bringing the number of fighters confirmed for
the upcoming 135-pound bracket to seven. Previously announced was
the participation of Alexis Vila,
Lima and Luis
Alberto Nogueira, who will vie for a shot at the Bellator
bantamweight title in 2012.
Bellator’s sixth season is expected to begin in March and will air
Friday nights on MTV2. In addition to the bantamweight draw, the
Chicago-based promotion will hold tournaments in the featherweight,
lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions.
A winner in five of his last six fights, Nakamura has spent the
majority of his six-year pro career fighting in the Deep and Shooto
organizations. The Tokyo Yellow Mans representative has fought four
times in 2011, besting former Deep bantamweight champion Masakazu
Imanari in a February non-title affair before falling to
Otsuka in an effort to capture the vacant strap this past June.
The 30-year-old rebounded from the loss by posting back-to-back
wins, outpointing Yoshiro
Maeda and Seiji Akao on
Oct. 29 and Dec. 16, respectively.