MMA: Bellator Announces Light Heavyweight Tourney for Season 4

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Let’s be honest, Bellator’s light heavyweight division doesn’t exactly scream “Murderer’s Row.”  Nah, that designation has to be given solely to the UFC’s hella-stacked 205 lbs. division. 

Still, in light of this undeniable fact I find myself pretty amped up by the recent news that Bellator’s fourth season will feature a light heavyweight tournament.  The eight-man tournament will start in March 2011.  The winner of the tournament will hold the distinction of being the first ever Bellator light heavyweight champion and pocket a cool $100,000 tournament payout. 

“We’ve wanted to add a Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament since Season 1, but wanted to ensure that when we did it, we had a great group fighting for the title.  Now, we do,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in a press release. “One of the best parts of my job is handing over the Bellator World Title belt to a new champion, and I’ll have the pleasure of doing it again this upcoming season.”

According to Bellator, six of the eight fighters have already been selected but to date nothing official has been released identifying the participants.