The Bellator Fighting Championships revealed the signings of four additional fighters on Thursday in anticipation of its scheduled April debut on ESPN Deportes.
Announced as having signed with the promotion are Nick Gonazlez, Joe Soto, Edwin Aguilar, and Diego Garijo.
Gonzalez, 14-6, is a former EliteXC and Strikeforce veteran who has notable losses on his record to Josh Thomson and Yves Edwards. However, Gonzalez has been signed to compete for Bellator in its upcoming eight-man featherweight tournament, which will also feature EliteXC bantamweight champion Wilson Reis.
Expected to join Gonzalez and Reis in the featherweight tournament is Soto, a former All-American wrestler who is 4-0 since beginning his pro MMA career. Soto has finished all four of his opponents via submission or TKO inside of round 1.
Garijo is 3-1 in four professional mixed martial arts bouts, with his most recent fight taking place on August 3, 2007. Facing Jesse Newell at Total Combat 22, Garijo lost via TKO in the second round. Prior to the loss to Newell, he had begun his career 3-0 with all of his victories coming inside the distance.
The jiu-jitsu black belt currently trains in San Diego and is based out of Saulo and Xande Ribeiro’s University of Jiu-Jitsu. A lightweight competitor, he could be involved with Bellator’s upcoming eight-man, single elimination tournament that will also feature Eddie Alvarez, Jorge Masvidal, and Thomas Schulte.
Aguilar is a popular Mexican fighter with a 20-12 record in a career that began in 2002. A middleweight who now trains with Team Quest, Aguilar has been crowned as Mexican Sanshuo National, Pan-American Sub, Mexican Vale Tudo, and North American Muay Thai champions. He has been signed to compete in the promotion’s middleweight tournament, which could also include former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho.
Bellator Fighting Championships’ inaugural season will consist of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in prime time on Saturday nights on ESPN Deportes. Tentatively scheduled to launch on April 4, the televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in the first season over a three month period taking place in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight divisions.