The Bellator Fighting Championships announced the signing of four more fighters to its expanding roster on Tuesday.
Scheduled to join Bellator for its planned April debut are middleweight competitor Daniel Tabera, featherweights Yahir Reyes and Ben Greer, as well as lightweight Toby Imada.
Imada, a Judo black belt, is a veteran of over 30 professional MMA fights and has been battled tested against the likes of Joe Stevenson, Jake Shields, and Hermes Franca. Currently riding a six fight win streak, Imada is dropping to Bellator’s lightweight division after fighting the majority of his career at welterweight. He joins Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal, Diego Garijo and Thomas Schulte as fighters confirmed for Bellator’s upcoming eight-man lightweight tournament.
Tabera, nicknamed “Maximo el Gladiador, ” has established an impressive 12-1 record since turning pro in 2002, earning the moniker of Spain’s top MMA fighter. An M-1 and Shooto alumnus who has trained in boxing and full contact fighting from a young age, Tabera became the first Spanish MMA fighter to win in the United States when he defeated Ron Faircloth in their 2005 bout.
Tabera will be a part of a Bellator middleweight tournament field that also includes Edwin Aguilar. Hector Lombard and Paulo Filho have been rumored as well.
The Tijuana native Reyes has been a fixture of the international MMA scene since 2002. The winner of nine of his last ten fights, Reyes boasts a 12-5 record as well as the featherweight championship belt in the Mexico-based Mixed Martial Arts Xtreme organization.
Greer, a Canadian, began his MMA career in 2003 as a way to stay active during the college wrestling off-season. He was signed by Bellator after accumilating an impressive 11-4 record.
Both Greer and Reyes will face a tough field in Bellator’s eight-man featherweight tournament that includes EliteXC bantamweight champion Wilson Reis, Strikeforce veteran Nick Gonzalez, and Joe Soto.view original article >>
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