With fields already finalized in featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions, Bellator Fighting Championships has turned their focus towards unveiling the lot of individuals competing over Season 4 for an opportunity to become the promotion’s first 205-pound champion and take home the $100,000 check attached to the honor. As such, according to a press release from Bellator, former All-American grappler Nik Fekete will be among the group of light heavyweights fighting for the belt and payday. He joins Daniel Gracie as the only other officially announced participant.
Fekete honed his craft at XTreme Couture after a successful wrestling career at Michigan State alongside UFC 155-pound contender Gray Maynard and has remained undefeated since turning pro in September 2009.
“I went out to Beijing for a month-and-a-half in 2008 for the Olympics to help the team train, and as soon as I got back home, I packed my stuff up and I moved to Vegas,” explained Fekete of his journey to the Bellator Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament. “I started teaching classes at Xtreme Couture, and then Wanderlei Silva asked for my help, so I helped teach him a couple different things. I was kind of like a freelance guy, going from gym to gym. I helped train Vitor Belfort for his fight with Matt Lindland, so I would just go from fighter to fighter in Vegas soaking up as much as I could.”
“The Machete” is 4-0 thus far in his career with a decision victory over Ovince St. Preux and is coming off back-to-back TKOs in his last two outings.
“I think 2011 is going to be a breakthrough year for me,” said Fekete. “I’ve been training my whole life and I’ve been training non-stop for more than two years in MMA. It may sound cliché, but I’m truly excited to go out there and put on a show for all of the fans in attendance, and the millions that will be watching on MTV2.”
The road to the Bellator Season 4 Finale starts March 5 with Bellator 35 and can be seen live this spring on MTV2. No date has been announced for Fekete’s debut.
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