UFC Vet Foster Added to Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tourney
Before medical troubles cut short his Octagon run, Brian
Foster was pegged by some pundits as a future
UFC welterweight contender. Now, he’ll have the chance to go
for gold in another organization.
Foster will make his Bellator
Fighting Championships debut in the opening round of the
company’s sixth-season 170-pound tournament, event sources Thursday
confirmed to Sherdog.com.
The eight-man welterweight field now stands at half capacity, with
Foster joining previously announced participants Karl
Amoussou, War Machine
“Indio” Pereira. Bellator’s sixth season begins March 2 and
airs live on MTV2, though the start date for the welterweight
bracket is currently unknown.
Despite riding a two-fight win streak with decisive victories over
Brown and Forrest
Petz, 27-year-old Foster was medically released by the UFC in
September after suffering a brain hemorrhage and a burst testicle
in separate training incidents. In October, the Oklahoma native
returned from a 10-month hiatus and notched a pair of first-round
submissions against British standout Jack Mason
and Midwestern vet LaVerne
Foster, who has yet to go the distance in 23 professional fights,
signed with Bellator in November and immediately set his sights on
the promotion’s welterweight ace.
“I’m getting that belt,” Foster said. “I want to fight the best. I
want to fight Ben Askren
and take home that belt. I ran through my last two opponents and
I’m better than I’ve ever been. I’m very happy to be a part of
Bellator and I’m coming for the top spot.” In addition to a title
shot, the winner of Bellator’s sixth-season welterweight tourney
will earn $100,000 in total pay.
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