Among the eight fighters participating in the 135 lbs competition is the current Bellator featherweight champ Joe Warren. The self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet” will make his bantamweight debut against the undefeated Alexis Vila. Despite holding the featherweight title, Warren last competed in Bellator at a catch-weight of 137 lbs, picking up a unanimous decision over Marcos Galvao.
Looking to avenge that loss to Warren, Galvao will also be in the tournament, taking on former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe in the first round.
Also in the tournament will be former featherweight tournament contestant Wilson Reis. The 2004 Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion faces Eduardo Dantas, a 22-year-old prospect who trains at Nova Uniao with the likes of UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo.
Rounding out the field is Ed West, the only returning competitor from the season 3 Bellator bantamweight tournament. West finished as the runner-up in the tournament, losing to Zach Markovsky in the finals. He’ll be squaring off against Luis Nogueira.
“Canton is a city that truly appreciates champions,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Growing up a football fan and playing my college football in the great state of Ohio, I can definitely appreciate a football city. It’s an honor to bring the fastest rising sport and world-class fighters to a great city such as Canton.”
The fifth season of Bellator begins on September 10 with Bellator 49. All events will be aired live on MTV2.
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