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Pairings announced for Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament

Bellator Season 5 is right around the corner and today the company announced the pairings for the Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament which kicks off at Bellator 51 on September 24 in Canton, Ohio.

Among the eight fighters participating in the 135 lbs competition is the current Bellator featherweight champ Joe Warren. The self-proclaimed “baddest man on the planet” will make his bantamweight debut against the undefeated Alexis Vila. Despite holding the featherweight title, Warren last competed in Bellator at a catch-weight of 137 lbs, picking up a unanimous decision over Marcos Galvao.

Looking to avenge that loss to Warren, Galvao will also be in the tournament, taking on former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe in the first round.

Also in the tournament will be former featherweight tournament contestant Wilson Reis. The 2004 Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion faces Eduardo Dantas, a 22-year-old prospect who trains at Nova Uniao with the likes of UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo.

Rounding out the field is Ed West, the only returning competitor from the season 3 Bellator bantamweight tournament. West finished as the runner-up in the tournament, losing to Zach Markovsky in the finals. He’ll be squaring off against Luis Nogueira.

“Canton is a city that truly appreciates champions,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Growing up a football fan and playing my college football in the great state of Ohio, I can definitely appreciate a football city. It’s an honor to bring the fastest rising sport and world-class fighters to a great city such as Canton.”

The fifth season of Bellator begins on September 10 with Bellator 49. All events will be aired live on MTV2.


  • Guthookd says:

    Go Alexis Vila! Get it done. Expose the Joe, but don’t do like Patricio did and stop before the guy is finished…he’s a zombie that comes back from the dead, so you may have to have to decapitate him completely.

    Not a bad starting line up here. Bebe in action is always a good thing, and Galvao is going to have his hands full. I wonder who will be the favorite there…both great fighters, but both have had tough times. Ground war? I hope so.

    Reis….blah. Supposedly his grappling is top notch but his standup borders on painful to even watch. I hope he’s been training that shit like mad. Dantas might just be the next big thing though,so it may not matter, and I hope that’s true. I’d love to see a top 10 Bantamweight born of BFC roots.


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