Today, MMADieHards.com learned the competitors involved in the Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament and it consists of some regular faces, as well as some new international flare.
Fighters already under Bellator contract that will be participating in the tourney include Richard Hale, Travis Wiuff and Rafael Davis.
Newcomers consist of Beau Tribolet, Roger Hollett, Marcus Vanttinen and Attila Vegh.
The majority of Hale’s (18-4-1) battles occurred under the Rage in the Cage banner, but eventually he made his way to Bellator to compete in the season 4 tourney. Hale executed an inverted triangle-choke on Nik Fekete at Bellator 38 in the tournament quarterfinals, and then defeated D.J. Linderman via decision at Bellator 42 to secure a sport in the finals. “Rare Breed” fell victim to a TKO in the finals when he faced Christian M’Pumbu, but has since bounced back with a one-punch knockout win over Carlos Flores at Bellator 55 last October in a qualifier contest for the season 6 tourney.
Wiuff (65-14-1) has competed in an astonishing amount of bouts in his 10-year career and he enters the Bellator Season 6 tournament with a wave of confidence. The two-time NJCAA All-American wrestler has fought only one time under the Bellator banner and he defeated the promotion’s light heavyweight champion, Christian M’Pumbu in a non-title affair. The victory was Wiuff’s most recent and happened at Bellator 55. Before signing the Bellator contract, Wiuff only suffered defeat one time in 12 matches. He has tested his mettle against veterans of the sport such as Rico Rodrigues, Jeff Monson, Mike Kyle, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Keith Jardine and many more.
Davis (11-2) has been with the promotion since midway through 2010 and he threw his hat in the Bellator Season 4 light heavyweight tournament. However, Davis’ tournament didn’t last long as he was knocked out of the bracket in the opening round by Linderman via TKO at Bellator 38. Prior to the loss Davis was riding a 10-fight win streak, including wins over Emanuel Newton and The Ultimate Fighter 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes. Following the loss to Linderman, Davis knocked out Myron Dennis in Dennis’ inaugural Bellator bout and garnered a spot in the season 6 tourney.
Tribolet (7-1) is a former SWAT team member and a Sergeant in the Investigations division of the Tucson Police. After a successful endeavor in professional bodybuilding, Tribolet entered the sport of boxing, which led to mixed martial arts. Tribolet lost in his debut against Jojo Thompson via knockout at RITC 118 – Rage in the Cage 118 in November of 2008. The American never looked back and has won seven consecutive matches since his introduction to MMA competition. Tribolet avenged his loss to Thompson during his current win streak, but his most notable victory is his most recent. The Sergeant defeated Chase Gormley at SCC – Superior Cage Combat 2 via TKO in Round 1 on August 20th of last year. Tribolet heads into the tournament having never went the full duration of a bout to see the judges’ scorecards, with two (T)KO’s and five submissions to his credit.
Hollett (13-3) is a Canadian mixed martial artist who went stateside last November and defeated John Hawk in a Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament qualifier match. The former MFC light heavyweight champion enters the Bellator tournament on a five-fight win streak and holds 4 (T)KO’s and 7 submissions on his career record. Hollett endured a year away from the sport after suffering torn ligaments in his left knee (ACL, MCL and Meniscus) during a takedown attempt by Lew Polley in their 2007 match. Since returning to combat the Canadian has lost another year of competition from 2009-2010 due to injury.
Vanttinen (21-3) returns to the United States for the first time since 2009 in an attempt to win the tournament. Primarily fighting in his native country of Finland, Vanttinen has competed twice in the U.S. and once in South Korea in his eight-year career. The “Caveman” has only suffered defeat once in his previous 13 bouts, most recently beating Malik Merad via submission from elbows at Fight Festival 31 this past October.
Vanttinen’s most notable foes were former UFC competitor Rodney Wallace and Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu, unfortunately the Finnish combatant lost in both outings.
After competing in Europe for just over three years, Vegh (24-4-2) is attempting to embark on a journey through N. American MMA. Vegh trains out of Slovakia’s Octagon Fighting Academy and had only seen defeat once in his last nine contests. Most recently Vegh picked up a triangle-choke victory over Bellator’s Jonas Billstein at HG – Heroes Gate 4 on June 23rd. Prior to that, the Slovakian beat Grigor Aschugbabjan into retirement via TKO. Vegh also defeated the aforementioned Vanttinen by way of decision last year.
The always dangerous “To be announced” will fill out the remaining slot in the Bellator Season 6 light heavyweight tournament.
No date or bouts have been announced as of yet, but the tournament is slated to take place over the summer.
Keep checking MMADieHards.com for updates for Bellator’s sixth instalment of tournaments.