Bellator FC has once again put together a tremendous assortment of talent for one of the promotion’s trademark tournaments, assembling a group of eight 145ers for the Season 6 featherweight affair who represent a nice balance of athleticism, experience, and technique. Overall the group has come out successful in nearly 100 more combined bouts than lost with a handful of Bellator veterans in the lot averaging a 77% winning percentage between them under the organization’s banner.
Sandro and Straus are former tournament finalists while Mann and Fabiano are also well-known threats. Spoon is undefeated at 12-0, while Vargas and Bezerra both hold an overall record of 12-1. Da Silva, though only 11-4, has finished nine of his opponents and is 6-1 in his last seven with the only defeat involving a Split Decision to Sandro.
Bellator Season 6 starts on March 2, 2012 with all events being broadcast live on MTV2/EPIX. The winner of the tournament will receive a $100,000 paycheck and shot at the Bellator featherweight champ.
MMATraining Take: When it comes to divisions that aren’t bare (light heavyweight, heavyweight), Bellator does an excellent job bringing in talent and this tournament is another example of that fact. There are definitely some favorites in the field but then again that all means very little when the cage door closes. With Patricio Freire, Pat Curran, and champ Joe Warren all waiting in the wings too it’s safe to say Bellator will be entertaining on the 145-pound front for years to come.