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  • 02-26-2011, 03:07 AM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    All-American submission finisher Raphael Davis finalizes Bellator’s first ever light heavyweight tournament by Press Release on Feb 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    CHICAGO, Ill. (February 25th, 2011) - The Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament roster is now complete with Division I All-American wrestler Raphael Davis rounding out the class of competitors. Davis joins Daniel Gracie, Nik Fekete, Chris Davis, D.J. Linderman, Tim Carpenter, Christian M'Pumbu, and Richard Hale as the eight 205 pounders competing for the first ever Bellator World Light Heavyweight Championship. The tournament will air LIVE every Saturday on MTV2 beginning in March.

    "Raphael's been with us for a while now. Last year he sat with me at the Hard Rock and said that "all he wanted was the chance to compete in a World Title Tournament", and I'm thrilled that we are able to provide him that opportunity," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

    Residing and training out of California, the former Division I All-American wrestler for CS Bakersfield enters the tournament riding an impressive nine fight win streak, including victories at Bellator 22 and 34 over Demetrius Richards and former King of the Cage Champion Tony Lopez, respectively.

    A powerful submission specialist with 9 finishes in his 10 victories, Davis (10-1, 2-0 Bellator) feels like his shot at the Bellator Championship has been a long time coming.

    "I've been waiting for so long for this Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament to finally happen," said Davis. "I've been seeing all of these other champions get their belts put on them after their fights and I want one of those belts for myself. That has always been my goal ever since I first started fighting - I just want to win a belt. I want to be a world champion. Now I'm just really excited to finally have that chance."

    All-American submission finisher Raphael Davis finalizes Bellator
    It's funny, but I thought Davis has been in this tourney since they announced it lol.
  • 02-25-2011, 08:02 PM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre

    Christian M単umbu Confirmed for Bellator Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament

    Christian M単umbu Confirmed for Bellator Season 4 Light Heavyweight Tournament by Jesse Holland on Feb 25, 2011 11:15 AM

    Courtesy of a press release from Bellator Fighting Championship.

    CHICAGO, Ill. (February 25, 2011) - Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed the participation of Christian "Tonton" M'Pumbu in the upcoming Season 4 Light Heavyweight tournament which will air LIVE on MTV2 beginning in March. The African-born submission finisher brings a 15-3-1 record to the tournament with 12 of those victories recorded as finishes, four by TKO or KOs and eight by submission.

    "Christian's dangerous in every facet of the game and he could use this platform on MTV2 to establish himself as a force in the 205 division," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

    M'Pumbu is currently residing and fighting out of Paris, France; however, the 33 year old was born in Kinshasa, Republic of Congo. His mother donned him "Tonton" at a young age and the nickname stuck. M'Pumbu developed an appetite for combat sports in his teens when he began training in Kyukushinkai Karate. The appetite turned to hunger when at 25-years-old M'Pumbu decided to begin his training in mixed martial arts.

    "Tonton" took his first fight in 2004 where he won by KO in just 32 seconds but did not decided to fight professionally until 2006. Now, five years later, M'Pumbu is ready to take the next step in his career.

    I have wanted to take a step up in competition for some time now. I'm ready for this," said M'Pumbu. "I truly believe that I will be the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Champion. I'm excited about the future. Hard work always pays off"

    Christian M
    Hell to the YEAH!

    Other fighters I'd love to see tossed in the mix in the LHW tourney who are relatively availible are Jimmo, Blachowicz, Glover Teixeira, Vinny Magalhaes, Monson and heck how about Xande Ribeiro or Robert Drysedale and another free agent Gracie, Ralek???

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