Late last week Bellator announced the third entrant in its season four Welterweight Tournament. Brent Weedman (#84) is a three fight veteran of Bellator’s circular cage and will join Dan Hornbuckle (#57 Welterweight) and unranked former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn as they compete for $100,000 and a shot at Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren (#16).
The Louisville, Ky. native is a lifelong practitioner of martial arts, having competed in full-contact karate and judo before taking up MMA. Well known on the midwest circuit, Weedman established himself on the national stage with first round finishes of Rudy Bears, John Troyer, and Jacob McClintock at Bellator 16, 23, and 30, respectively.
“It’s an absolute fact that people are sleeping on me going into this tournament,” Weedman is quoted as saying in the press release. “This tournament is filled with big names in the welterweight division, and a couple other guys. I happen to be one of those other guys. But that doesn’t affect my end of the deal. I’m still bringing it. Whether or not they know it’s coming or not is up to them.”
The promotion’s inaugural Light-Heavyweight Tournament is the only other officially-announced component of Bellator’s upcoming fourth season, which will air on MTV2. In the coming weeks, Bellator will announce its season four tournament participants. To date, the only other announced fighters for season four are Daniel Gracie and Ron Sparks.
The promotion currently boasts champions in all men’s divisions but Flyweight and Light Heavyweight. Those champions are Zach Makovsky (#11 Bantamweight), Joe Warren (#2 Featherweight), Eddie Alvarez (#10 Lightweight), Ben Askren (#16 Welterweight), Hector Lombard (#6 Middleweight), Cole Konrad (#24 Heavyweight), and Zoila Frausto, who will likely be at the top of the heap when FIGHT! unveils its Women’s Flyweight Rankings.