At about 1 PM today, Bellator Fighting Championships will hold their first ever Open Try-Outs to find a fighter to participate in a featured fight during Bellator’s April 29th event at the Power & Light District in Kansas City. Fighters, who will head to Ringside, Inc.’s John Brown Training Center in Lenexa, Kansas for this event, must have at least two pro fights under their belt and will be expected to grapple and work the bags inside a cage.
“In the spirit of Rocky Balboa, this tryout will give an undiscovered up-and-coming fighter the chance of a lifetime to be highlighted on a national stage,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney (who is always awesome enough to give us an interview at every show). “We look forward to seeing a solid pool of fighters who are looking for their shot to compete at a world-class level.”
Many, including myself, have likened Bellator akin to the next IFL, and this open try-out event is similiar to a stunt the IFL pulled, except they held try-outs in multiple states. In fact, I was actually at the NY event in Mamaroneck. Difference is that the fighter that wins this event will actually participate on a show, I do not believe any of the people I saw get to the finals ever made it to an IFL event. Does Bellator think this is a good way to draw interest in the company? They have been signing many good athletes lately so their is no need for new talent. Or it could be they are trying to get a bigger crowd just in Kansas since they are holding many events this season in the Outdoor arena.
Nonetheless, I look forward to seeing what happens with the second season of Bellator. I enjoyed their shows greatly and it is a pity not enough MMA fans get to see it. If Bellator comes to your town, I highly recomend you get some seats to the show, you will not be disappointed!