Bellator Fighting Championships will add another title to its promotional banner this Spring as the company has officially announced a light heavyweight tournament starting in March with rounds airing on MTV2. The last 205-pounder standing will walk away with the honor of carrying the first divisional championship in promotional history as well as a $100,000 check.
Bellator is currently putting together the tournament’s line-up with confirmations expected over the next few weeks.
“We’ve wanted to add a Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament since Season 1, but wanted to ensure that when we did it, we had a great group fighting for the title. Now, we do,” said chief executive Bjorn Rebney. “One of the best parts of my job is handing over the Bellator World Title belt to a new champion, and I’ll have the pleasure of doing it again this upcoming season.”
The already-established belts have a lineage ripe with exciting moments including 145-pound champ Joe Warren’s inspirational comeback against Joe Soto as well as Zoila Frausto’s surprising upset of previously undefeated Megumi Fujii this past October.
The light heavyweight strap will round out Bellator’s collective trophy case. Other title-holders include “Top 3” lightweight Eddie Alvarez, unbeaten Olympic wrestler Ben Askren at 170 pounds, 7-0 heavyweight Cole Konrad, rising 135-pounder Zack Makovsky, and of course dynamic Cuban middleweight Hector Lombard.