Monday, June 20, 2011

Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tourney: Marlon Sandro's Upcoming US/Bellator Debut and Other Tournament Notes

Marlon Sandro is one of the world's toughest featherweight fighters. He paid his dues fighting in Japan for the past three years. His tenure in Japan was highlighted by title runs in Pancrase and the now defunct Sengoku promotion. The BJJ black belt has only seen the loss column twice in 19 career professional fights, of which his most recent came to deadly Japanese fighter Hatsu Hioki. Sandro loss the Sengoku Featherweight Title to Hioki at the New Year's Eve event 'Soul of Fight.'

Sandro is slated to meet fellow Brazilian Genair da Silva at Bellator 46 this Saturday. The event kicks of Bellator's Summer Series.

Also look out for:
  • Pat Curran, a Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Champion who is dropping down to 145 lbs. for the Summer Series Featherweight Tournament. Curran trains at Team Curran just outside of Chicago with his cousin, Jeff Curran, a well-known veteran of the WEC, KOTC, and Pride.
  • Luis Palomino, a well-travelled veteran who has competed in Bellator, and the XFC. He is currently the XFC Lightweight Champion. Palomino trains with Team Noguiera.
  • Ronnie Mann, a top prospect from the UK. At 19-2-1, Ronnie Mann is a force to reckoned with. He is trained in Muy Thai and boxing, but owns eleven submission wins to his name.
  • Nazareno Malegarie (19-1), an import featherweight from Argentina. He spent the greater majority of his professional career competing on the Brazilian mixed martial arts circuit. Malegarie's one and only loss came in his last fight against Daniel Straus, a Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament finalist.

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