Bellator BW division is looking dope

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    Bellator Fighting Championships on Friday updated its Season 6 plans for its bantamweight tournament, revealing five of the eight participants.

    “Our Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament was stacked with world class talent, but this one may be ever stronger,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “There is not an easy fight anywhere in this group and we have a couple of surprise announcements coming soon that will take this to the next level.”

    After knocking out Joe Warren at Bellator 51, but failing to win the finals of the Season 5 tournament, Alexis Vila is back for another go at earning a title shot.

    Ed West, who lost a split decision to Season 5 winner Eduardo Dantas, is also back to take another shot at winning the 135-pound tournament.

    Also back in the mix is Nova Uniao product Marcos Galvao, who suffered a controversial split-decision loss to Alexis Vila at Bellator 55.

    Two Brazilian newcomers will also be looking to crash the bantamweight party as Luis “Betao” Nogueira and Rodrigo Lima have both been confirmed for the Season 6 tournament.

    Lima makes his Bellator debut compiling a perfect 9-0 record, including seven finishes.

    Announcements on the three remaining participants will be coming shortly, as well as tournament pairings for the highly anticipated tournament.

    Bellator will begin its sixth season Friday, March 2 live on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.
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    Bellator Fighting Championships on Saturday announced it has added two dynamic bantamweights in Masakatsu Ueda and Hiroshi Nakamura. Both will compete in the promotion’s upcoming Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament, joining Alexis Vila, Marcos Galvao, Ed West, Rodrigo Lima, Luis Nogueira and a yet to be named final participant.

    Ueda joins Bellator already well established within the MMA community, ranked in the MMAWeekly.com World Top 10 MMA Rankings, holding notable wins over Royler Gracie and current Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Champion Eduardo Dantas. With those victories Ueda is widely considered one of the best bantamweights in the world. Armed with one of the best grappling pedigrees in the sport, Ueda should be considered a serious contender heading into the deepest bantamweight tournament in Bellator history.

    Nakamura should have no problem sustaining a long tournament run, as the scrappy bantamweight has fought seven times since the beginning of 2010, including a unanimous decision victory over Seiji Akao on December 16th. Holding a 3-1 record alone in 2011, Nakamura will look to keep the momentum going against a tournament field that currently holds an impressive 87-20-6 record.

    Bellator’s sixth season kicks of Friday, March 2, live on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX, while the preliminary fights are streamed live and free across the globe on Spike.com. Bellator Season 6 will feature five eight-man tournaments in the bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions.
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