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Olympic Judoka Ferrid Kheder gets second chance at Bellator tournament

The appendix remains one of the body’s most mysterious organs. Viewed as small and relatively useless by most, for decorated judoka Ferrid Kheder nothing was further from the case last year days before debuting in the Bellator ring for a run at the Season 2 title. Kheder was forced out of the tournament after being diagnosed with appendicitis and has subsequently seen his in-ring unveiling put on hold. However, his wait appears to now be over, as the 2000 Olympian was named by Bellator as one of the men competing over Season 4 for an opportunity at a $100,000 check and the notoriety attached in fighting promotional champ Eddie Alvarez.

“I’m absolutely determined to win this tournament. I think I’m one of the best in the world when I have the proper training and I’m fully prepared,” said the 18-5 Frenchman. “I have three fights to win in this tournament, and then I’ll have the opportunity to fight for the title against one of the best lightweights in the world. I know this is a really huge opportunity for me.”

Kheder has finished fifteen of the eighteen opponents he’s beaten including a near-even split between those based on strikes and submissions. He has won his last four fights (not including a controversial “No Contest” against Hermes Franca last December) with the distinction of having knocked out Drew Fickett in 2009 as well.

The 35-year old joins Michael Chandler, Carey Vanier, Lloyd Woodard, and “Razor” Rob McCullough as confirmed fighters for the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament. Fans can catch all the Season 4 action live starting March 5 on MTV2.


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