Based in St. Paul, Minn., Reddinger joins once-beaten Tachi Palace Fights veteran Ulysses Gomez, Grudge Training Center standout Nick Mamalis and Danny Tims in the eight-man draw, which will be featured as part of Bellator’s third season.
“Travis is a great competitor and someone to keep an eye on in our bantamweight tournament,” Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release. “I know that he is planning on making the most of this opportunity, and he definitely has the skills to make a major impact.”
The 28-year-old Reddinger trains under Sergio Cunha, a man who has honed the skills of fighters like reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, current UFC light heavyweight kingpin Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former two-division UFC titleholder B.J. Penn. He will carry a four-fight winning streak into his promotional debut and has secured 12 of his 14 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Reddinger bares a “BELLATOR” tattoo unrelated to the promotion across his mid-section.
“For me, it just symbolizes perseverance and the never-say-die mentality that I strive for,” he said. “I know that Bellator stands for the warrior mentality, as well, so it’s a great honor for me to be a part of the organization. The tournament concept suits me really well, and I love the exposure of being on national TV. It’s all pretty surreal still. I don’t think the gravity of it all has really hit me yet.”