Bellator Fighting Championships’ highly anticipated fourth season will premiere Saturday, March 5, at 9:00pm ET/PT and air weekly on MTV2 featuring live fights from venues around the country with many of the top mixed martial arts fighters in the world. This season will feature a welterweight, lightweight, light heavyweight and featherweight tournament with bouts airing live every Saturday night for 12 weeks on MTV2. The first Bellator event will originate from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA on Saturday, March 5. Tickets will be available at www.tachipalace.com and the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino box office as the date approaches.
Following confirmations of talent filled Welterweight, Featherweight and Light Heavyweight Tournaments for the promotion’s highly anticipated fourth season, Bellator also announced their Lightweight Tournament that will also start in march. Eight world-class 155 lb. fighters will face off for a chance at claiming the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Championship, a check for $100,000, and a shot at Bellator World Lightweight Champion and top ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez.
While announcements regarding all eight participants will follow, former WEC Lightweight Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough has been confirmed for the upcoming tournament. The Huntington Beach-based knockout artist enters the Bellator cage with momentum on his side, going undefeated in 2010 and moving his record to an impressive 19-6. Training out of Huntington Beach Ultimate Training, the hard hitting McCullough holds impressive victories over the likes of Nam Phan, Kit Cope, Rich Crunkilton, Marcus Hicks and most recently Corey Hill.
“We’re excited to add a championship quality fighter like Rob McCullough to this tournament,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Rob’s fights are always entertaining, and I expect nothing less this season.” “You’re definitely going to see a new and improved version of “Razor” Rob in Bellator,” said McCullough. “I have a family now so I’m not out running around like I was before. I’m more conditioned and focused than ever. I’ve completely rededicated myself to this sport. This is my career. I’m supporting a little boy and a wife now. It’s become bigger than just me.”
Bellator previously held their live events on Thursday evenings, so as not to compete with other MMA programming that tends to be held on the weekends. With their new TV deal, the company has expanded to Saturdays for their live programing, which is a daring move on the part of MTV2 and shows a lot of confidence in the MMA product. This is not “Bully Beatdown”, but there is a good chance most of that audience will carry over from that show to see how the pros compete, as opposed to seeing bullies get what they deserve.