On the surface, lightweights Toby Imada and Marcin Held may appear to share little in common other than the division they call home and their ability to perform Mixed Martial Arts at a high level. Imada, a 32-year old Bellator original with roots in the promotion dating back to their inaugural event in April 2009, made his in-ring debut when Held was six years old and has competed forty-two times since. On the other hand, the Polish sensation who just turned 19 last month is 10-1 and has yet to step foot inside the company’s ring.
Now, according to Bellator Fighting Championships, the two may very well meet at some point during Season 4 with another shared characteristic added into the mix – an opportunity to earn a $100,000 pay day and a crack at 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez’s belt.
Newcomer Held and two-time Bellator Tournament Finalist Imada were announced earlier today in quick succession as the final pieces to the Season 4 Lightweight puzzle. They round out a group featuring “Razor” Rob McCullough, Carey Vanier, Michael Chandler, Lloyd Woodard, Ferrid Kheder,, and Patricky Freire.
“I’m at the point in my career where I want to take that step up to the next level of the sport,” explained Held of his decision to join the field. “To challenge myself against world class opposition is why I got into the sport, and now I’ll be able to with Bellator.”
Seasoned veteran Imada expressed a far different motivation for laying the leather on his opponents this season, saying, “I’m a little annoyed, I have a little bit of a mean streak going on right now, a little more of a fire under my butt this time around.”
“I’m definitely going to be meaner and more aggressive,” Imada continued. “I’m ready to go out there and give it my all. I’m tired of being the guy that comes up short and doesn’t live up to what people expect from him. I’m going to give it all I have this time around, believe me. I’m going to be mean.”
Bellator Season 4 will make its debut with Bellator 35 on March 5 in Lemoore, California. The event is set to feature the opening round of this season’s welterweight tournament action.