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Bellator to Hold Open Tryouts for ‘Undiscovered Professional Fighters’ June 18 in Florida

(“Yes, I want to be a f*cking fighter.” PicProps MMAMania)

Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that on June 18 it will be holding open tryouts for undiscovered professional fighters who want to earn a slot on one of the Chicago, Illinois-based promotions’s future cards.

The tryouts will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday, June 18th. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m.ET and tryouts begin at 2:00 p.m. ET.

According to the release, Bellator is planning on putting fighters who make it through the tryouts on its future local regional cards starting with Bellator 50, which takes place on September 17 at the same venue as the tryouts. Extra consideration will be given to Florida-based fighters for that card. Non-Florida-based fighters are still encouraged to try out and will be scouted for other potential future roster openings.

“The Seminole Hard Rock has been like a second home to Bellator,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We’ve had tremendous success with our open tryouts in the past, actually leading to a fighter securing a spot in a nationally televised Bellator Tournament. I expect another group of great fighters will be at the tryout June 18th in Hollywood.”

Casting calls like this are nothing new for Bellator. The promotion’s open tryouts have netted several fighters contracts, including Kenny Foster, Tyler Stinson, Anthony Lapsley, Anthony Leone, Jose Vega, John Orr and Jared Downing.

Fighters interested in attending the tryout (which will include grappling and focus pad work, but no live sparring) must bring MMA gloves, boxing gloves, an athletic protector and a mouthpiece. The tryouts are only open to professional fighters and they must be prepared to present their ID. Fighters must also be an unrestricted free agent and cannot have any contractual obligations to another mixed martial arts promotion.

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StinkFacer- June 3, 2011 at 10:59 am
if anybody goes to this, i live 5 minutes from there. We'll drink.
El Guapo- June 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm
^If I remember. It's gonna be a while as he's making a quick stop in Cannes to discuss operations for next year's film festival, meeting with the Sheik of Dubai regarding his recent aquisition of his oil company in the gulf and a stopover in Indonesia to oversee this year's coffee bean harvest(you know he bought out Starbucks, right? RIGHT?). But after that... Just you wait.
El Guapo- June 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm
Karma's on a yacht in San Tropez, Asshole! And best believe I'm gonna tell him you were talking shit when he gets back..
just some dong- June 2, 2011 at 4:01 pm
"Bellator Scrapes Bottom of Barrel"
BONGTAR- June 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm
not this time Karma
parchy mcthirst- June 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm