The Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that they will be holding an eight-man featherweight tournament for their upcoming forth season. The participants will be competing for $100,000 and a title shot against the current featherweight champion Joe Warren.
It was also announced that Eric Larkin is the first confirmed participant in the tournament. Larkin was the NCAA 149-pound National Champion in 2003 while wrestling at Arizona State University. He is currently 3-0 in his young mixed martial arts career with his most recent win coming against Marcus Andrusia at Bellator 28 in September.
Larkin has been competing at lightweight but will be making the drop to featherweight for the tournament. According to the Bellator release, Larkin believes the change suits him well;
I’m definitely looking forward to this upcoming tournament. I know there are going to be some really tough guys in there. I’m not taking anyone lightly. I’m going to do my thing and get after it. I like fighting back-to-back so it’s going to be fun.
The major benefits I’m going to get from dropping down to 145 are primarily going to be strength and leverage. I definitely feel like I’m going to be stronger at 145 than I would be at 155. At lightweight, there are guys cutting down from 180 and 190 to make the weight and I’m not even close to that. I think this cut to featherweight is going to be great for me.