Thomas Schulte is the latest fighter to be announced by the Bellator Fighting Championships as having signed an exclusive contract with the promotion.

The news come courtesy of a press release issued by the promotion earlier this afternoon.

Schulte will compete in Bellator’s eight-man lightweight tournament, joining Jorge Masvidal as the only other fighter to be confirmed at 155 pounds.

Schulte has accumulated an 18-6 record during a pro MMA career that began in 2001. A specialist on the ground with all 18 of his wins having come by submission, the New Mexico resident has won titles while competing for the Ring of Fire, Hardcore Championship Fighting, and King of the Cage promotions.

“Thomas’ world-class submission skills make him a very tough match up for anyone in our 155 tournament,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in a release issued by the promotion. “His training at NHB with Tom Vaughn over the last three months has been focused on our April premiere, so he should be well prepared to threaten in our lightweight division.”

Bellator Fighting Championships’ inaugural season will consist of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in prime time on Saturday nights on ESPN Deportes. Tentatively scheduled to launch on April 4, the televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in the first season over a three month period taking place in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight divisions.

In addition to Masvidal and Schulte, featherweight Wilson Reis and welterweight Lyman Good have been confirmed as having signed with the promotion.