“Our Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament was stacked with world class talent, but this one may be ever stronger,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “There is not an easy fight anywhere in this group and we have a couple of surprise announcements coming soon that will take this to the next level.”
After knocking out Joe Warren at Bellator 51, but failing to win the finals of the Season 5 tournament, Alexis Vila is back for another go at earning a title shot.
Ed West, who lost a split decision to Season 5 winner Eduardo Dantas, is also back to take another shot at winning the 135-pound tournament.
Also back in the mix is Nova Uniao product Marcos Galvao, who suffered a controversial split-decision loss to Alexis Vila at Bellator 55.
Two Brazilian newcomers will also be looking to crash the bantamweight party as Luis “Betao” Nogueira and Rodrigo Lima have both been confirmed for the Season 6 tournament.
Lima makes his Bellator debut compiling a perfect 9-0 record, including seven finishes.
Announcements on the three remaining participants will be coming shortly, as well as tournament pairings for the highly anticipated tournament.
Bellator will begin its sixth season Friday, March 2 live on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.