Chris Lozano entered his tournament qualifier bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida with little fanfare, but he left having earned some buzz. The Ohio-based fighter finished the Japanese UFC veteran with punches on the feet and on the ground at Bellator 31 and punched his ticket to Bellator’s Season 4 welterweight tournament.
“I fight to finish people. I don’t fight to be nice,” Lozano is quoted in the press release. “I understand that it’s a sport, but at the same time, I’m in there to finish guys. I’m going to come into this tournament the same way I’ve come into every single one of my fights, and that’s to put guys away.”
Lozano will join Dan Hornbuckle (#57 Welterweight), Brent Weedman (#84), and former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn as they compete for $100,000 and a shot at Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren (#16). Both Lozano and Hawn will enter our rankings after their first tournament fight.
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 other announced fighters for season four are Joe Riggs, 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 (#11 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.