MMA Junkie Reports:
– 7-1-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut
– 3 Fight Win Streak
– Notable Wins:
– 28-15-0 MMA/ 4-2 Bellator Record
– Won 4 of last 5 Fights
– Notable Wins: Jorge Masvidal, Carey Vanier, James Krause
– 10-1-0 MMA / Bellator Debut
– 2 Fight Win Streak
– Notable Wins: Jean Silva
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire, Toby Imada, and Marcin have been officially announced by Bellator to complete season four’s lightweight tournament field. They join Mike Chandler, Eric Larkin, Lloyd Woodard, Rob McCullough, and Carey Vanier as participants.
Patricky Freire made his mixed martial arts debut in 2005 and started out 4-0. He then lost a technical decision to former UFC roster member Willamy Freire, and took over a two and a half year break from the sport. Freire returned to MMA in April of 2010 and has since won three straight fights, most recently a unanimous decision victory against Yure Machado at Arena Gold Fights 2 last July.
Two-time tournament runner-up, Toby Imada will get another chance at Bellator gold this year. In season one, Imada reached the finals by defeating Alonzo Martinez and Jorge Masvidal. He won the “Submission of the Year” trophy at the World MMA Awards with his spectacular inverted-triangle choke that left Masvidal unconscious. Imada ended up losing in the finals to Eddie Alvarez by second round rear naked choke. In season two’s tournament, Imada once again reached the finals after second round submission wins against James Krause and Carey Vanier. Pat Curran got the split decision victory over Imada in the finals, contrary to many observer’s opinions.
Nineteen-year-old Polish prospect, Marcin Held makes his first appearence in the United States as the final entrant in Bellator’s tournament. He made his MMA debut in September of 2008 and has since gone 10-1 as a professional. Held’s only defeat was a unanimous decision loss to fellow 155- pound prospect, Lukasz Sajewski at AOF 7 in May of last year. Most recently, Held submitted Bojan Kosednar in the second round with kneebar.