Bellator MMA on Monday announced that it has inked two of the hardest-hitting heavyweights around.
Brazilian K-1 champion Ewerton Teixeira and Blackzilians bomber Lorenzo Hood are now part of the Viacom-owned promotion’s heavyweight roster. Though it might make sense to line them up opposite one another, debut dates and opponents were not announced for either fighter.
A third dan black belt in Kyokushin karate, the 33-year-old Teixeira (3-0) has been racking up titles in striking competitions for more than a decade. Teixeira reached the pinnacle of stand-up fighting in 2008, when he earned that year’s K-1 World Grand Prix in Fukuoka title and then fought his way to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final’s championship bout, where he would come up just short against Errol Zimmerman (though Teixeira would avenge that result in 2010).
Teixeira then turned his attention to MMA in 2012, and he has remained undefeated through his first three professional contests in the sport and is now ready to try his hand at MMA’s highest level.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3 Hood (9-2) has been competing professionally since 2009 and has never had a fight go past the first round. Of his nine career victories, all nine have come by way of knockout. Hood has fought throughout the U.S. while competing on the regional circuit, earning himself recognition as one of the top heavyweight prospects in the sport.
Competing under the tutelage of former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, the 26-year-old Hood’s work at Florida’s Blackzilians camp has prepared him for an opportunity to compete against the world’s best fighters, and Bellator MMA will now offer him a platform to prove his talent.