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Boston-area native Saul Almeida wins Bellator Fighting Championships open tryout

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (May 4, 2010) – Saul “The Spider” Almeida, who has compiled a perfect 8-0 record on the Boston-area regional circuit since turning pro less than 18 months ago, was the unanimous winner of an open tryout held earlier today by Bellator Fighting Championships, earning him the right to fight during one of Bellator’s Season 3 events later this year.

The tryout, which was held at Mark DellaGrotte’s famed Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy just outside of Boston, drew several dozen free-agent fighters from throughout New England and as far away as California. They included several veterans of Strikeforce, EliteXC and other promotions.

“Once again, a very impressive group of fighters turned out for our open tryout and the chance to fight for Bellator.” Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Among this group, though, Saul Almeida rose to the top. He has a great background that combines karate, jiu-jitsu and wrestling and he’s yet to lose a fight as a pro. I’m excited to watch him fight under the Bellator banner later this year.”
The 20-year-old Almeida was born in Brazil and moved to the Boston area at the age of 8. Shortly thereafter, he began training in karate and eventually earned his black belt. He was a standout high school wrestler at Framingham High School and, since graduating, has expanded his arsenal to include Brazilian jiu-jitsu (he now has a purple belt) and boxing.

He turned pro at the age of 18 and has notched a perfect 8-0 record against some of New England’s top-ranked fighters.

“I’m just very, very happy,” he said shortly after being announced as the winner. “Bellator is a great organization and I’m excited to get to the next level of my career and excited to see what I can do.”

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    Bellator is impressing me more and more

  • Rece Rock says:

    Agreed BFC has a good head on its shoulders… I see them goign on to bigger and better things as time goes on.

  • Guthookd says:

    I agree. As long as they don’t get tangled up in co-promotion or get caught paying a fighter way too much.

    I think that’s the beauty of the tournament pay structure. To begin everyone has a 1 fight contract (likely minimal pay), then as the field is narrowed down there are less fighters to pay so the cost per fighter can go up (their paychecks) without increasing the cost as a whole. It basically insures that compensation won’t get out of hand and sink the company.

    Tomorrow’s BFC should be the best one yet!! Can’t wait to see Cole Konrad do his thing. Lots of hype – I hope he delivers. Not to mention Neer in action vs. a BFC champ.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    thing is it wasnt long ago everyone was saying Strikeforce had its head on proper, and it could even rival UFC. then they signed a bunch of big names and all of a sudden it doesnt look to cosy.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Difference is BFC isn’t trying to follow UFC’s blueprint… they have there own path they are on…as long as they avoid the pit falls Guthookd mentioned they should be good to go…………

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yeah your right, i’m loving it regardless, its exciting to think what could happen.
    i’d like to see some semi big names getting involved, Yves Edwards, Josh Neer. Names you know but not prima donnas


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