By FCF Staff
Bellator has announced that undefeated mixed-martial-artist and BJJ black belt, Tim Carpenter, will compete in the promotion’s upcoming light-heavyweight tournament. Carpenter has gone 6-0 since he began fighting professionally in 2005. Most recently in October, the Philadelphia fighter scored a split decision victory over Jamal Patterson at Bellator 33.
“Tim was very impressive at Bellator 33, and it was that performance that made us realize that he could be a great addition to our Light Heavyweight tournament,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in the official announcement.
“When I started looking at Bellator and I saw the list of champions and tournament winners, it’s really impressive,” Carpenter said. “You have guys that are at the top of the sport fighting for Bellator, and it’s exciting to get the chance to compete in a tournament like this. Once you hit that championship level at Bellator, you're in there with guys like Eddie Alvarez, Hector Lombard, Ben Askren, Cole Konrad and Zack Makovsky. It would be an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with those guys.”
Carpenter currently trains out of Philadelphia’s Balance Studios under the guidance of trainers Phil and Ricardo Migliarese.
“The fight scene here in Philadelphia is great,” said Carpenter. “It’s really like a family, and it really pushes you to be at your best. I’m always training, and it has turned me into a really well rounded fighter. I’m comfortable on my feet, but also on the ground, and my training here has a lot to do with it.”
Carpenter joins D.J. Linderman, Daniel Gracie, Nik “The Machete” Fekete, and Chris Davis as confirmed participants for the upcoming tournament. Bellator’s fourth season will get underway in March and will be broadcast live on MTV 2.