Alexis Vila is set to embark on another Bellator tourney run. |
Photo: Dave Mandel
Three more names have been added to the list of confirmed
participants for Bellator
Fighting Championships’ sixth-season bantamweight
Sherdog.com confirmed Wednesday with sources close to the fighters
“Betao” Nogueira, Alexis Vila
“Ratinho” Lima have all been added to the 135-pound
Five fighters have now been confirmed for the tournament, as the
trio of newly announced participants joins Marcos
Galvao and Masakatsu
Ueda in the tournament field. Bellator’s sixth season is
expected to begin in March and will also feature tournaments in the
featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight
A winner in eight of his last nine outings, Nogueira fell to
in the September quarterfinals of Bellator’s fifth-season
bantamweight tournament. The Brazilian rebounded from the loss by
taking out Zak Laird two
weeks later at Bellator 53. Just 26 years old, Betao owns half of
his career wins by knockout or submission.
Like Nogueira, Vila also participated in the Season 5 tournament,
fighting his way to the finals with wins over Galvao and Joe Warren.
The Cuban could not secure a title shot against reigning Bellator
Makovsky, however, as “The Exorcist” was handed the first loss
of his career by Eduardo
Dantas at the Nov. 26 season finale.
Lima has yet to taste defeat as a professional. The Brazilian owns
five of his nine wins by submission and has only seen the judges’
scorecards twice since debuting in 2008. An eight-time veteran of
Brazilian promotion Watch Out Combat Show, Lima last competed on
Aug. 26, submitting Jeferson
Hall with a guillotine choke.