Bellator Fighting Championships unveiled the seventh member of their upcoming 135-pound tournament, as well as the fourth former Olympian on the roster, when the company announced undefeated Cuban wrestler Alexis Vila had signed to compete next season as part of a group of eight bantamweights hoping to earn a $100,000 paycheck and opportunity to win Zack Makovsky’s title.
“I feel like I’m the best bantamweight in the world right now,” said the Bronze medalist. “I have everything. I have all the training and all the tools. People don’t even know. Nobody has the stand-up that I have, the wrestling I have, or the strength that I have.
Opponents thinking Vila may aim to take them down, then ground out or blanket his way to victory, based on his amateur accomplishments should find themselves mistaken once the cage door closes as six of his nine total victories have his involved a strike-based stoppage with only one decision in the lot. The 40-year old grappler has gone 9-0 since turning to MMA in late 2007, a run of success likely leading to what seems to be supreme confidence in chances this fall.
“I’m not worried about any of the guys I’m going to fight in the future,” explained Vila. “When they fight me, they’re going to find out that it’s a different story. I’m not the same guys they’ve fought before. When they feel how strong I am and how strong I punch, they’re going to change their mind really fast. So I’m not worried about Joe Warren, or Makovsky, or any of these guys – they have to worry about me.”
Other bantamweights in addition to Warren expected for the Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament include Marcos Galvao, Luis Nogueira, Ed West, Eduardo Dantas, and Chase Beebe.
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