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Inverted Triangle Warning: Toby Imada returns to Bellator

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 8, 2010) – Toby Imada, whose jaw-dropping “Submission of the Year” helped put Bellator Fighting Championships on the map during its debut season, will return to the promotion for its upcoming Season 2 lightweight tournament.

Imada’s remarkable submission, an inverted triangle choke of the heavily favored Jorge Masvidal at Bellator V, became an overnight YouTube sensation (more than 650,000 people have watched it online to date) and took home honors for “Submission of the Year” from the 2009 World MMA Awards and virtually every major MMA news site.

“Toby has meant a great deal to our company and we are very pleased to have him back for our Season 2 lightweight tournament,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Toby Imada epitomizes the heart and soul of our tournament format where winning is what matters and where fighters can truly control their own destiny.”

Imada is the sixth confirmed participant in Bellator’s Season 2 lightweight tournament along with Carey Vanier, Ferrid Kheder, Mike Ricci, Janne Tulirinta and Chad Hinton. Bellator will also conduct tournaments at 145, 170 and 185 lbs. during its second season, which will be televised on FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo. Winners of each tournament will earn the rank of No. 1 contender and the chance to face off in a title bout against Bellator’s Season 1 champions.

Imada, a Los Angeles native, has compiled 23 professional wins during his 12-year career and is now 9-1 over the course of his last 10 fights. His only loss came to Bellator lightweight champion and the world’s No. 2 ranked lightweight, Eddie Alvarez, in Bellator’s first Lightweight World Championship fight.

“It’s a great thing for me to return to Bellator,” Imada said. “I can’t promise that I’ll give the fans another inverted triangle, but I can promise that I’m gonna’ be fighting my heart out and looking to take home that belt. I want to thank Bellator for all the opportunities they’ve given me.”

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  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Dude, I just watched that inverted triangle for the first time, I didn’t know it was on youtube. That was sick!!! “Oh, I’m gonna slam this guy on his head and then I’m gonnnaaaaaaa………………wake up two minutes later!!! I’d like to see more of Bellator, they look like they have a good idea going with the tourney style. I’m still old school, I wish they went 3 times in a night, that proves who is a real bad ass!!!

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Sorry, additional thought. How sick would it be to see a heavyweight tournament in the UFC in one night, eight man. Or at least over 8 weeks, just to see who is the badass of the badasses. I’d pay to see that, but then again, I’m all for convict gladiator, with weapons. Give the minor offense guys hand grenades and glocks and the hardcore thugs knives and axes and see if the minor guys freak out and get killed anyway. Like I said, OLD SCHOOL.

  • Rece Rock says:

    BFC is on it’s way…

    I imagine that Toby Imada will always have an opportunity with BFC…


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