The Bellator tourney kicks off in March on MTV2.
Marx, a former member of the Utah Highway Patrol, now lives in New Mexico and is part of Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old is a three-time Utah high-school state wrestling champion who later wrestled at Ricks College, where he finished third in the 2001 NJCAA national tournament. MMA fans may remember as a featured fighter in the TapouT TV series.
Since his pro debut in 2003, Marx has 10 submission victories and four knockouts in 18 career wins. He’s currently riding a three-fight win streak, which included a recent submission victory over Ray Robinson (10-2 at the time).
He joins other confirmed tournament participants Hiroshi Nakamura (14-5-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC), Masakatsu Ueda (14-1-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC), Alexis Villa (11-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC), Marcos Galvao (10-5-1 MMA, 1-2 BFC), Luis “Betao” Nogueira (12-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC), Rodrigo “Ratinho” Lima (9-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Ed West (17-6 MMA, 3-2 BFC).
The field’s combined record is an impressive 105-23-7.
In addition to the bantamweight tournament, the promotion is hosting tourneys in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions in the sixth season. Each tourney winner gets $100,000 in total pay and a guaranteed title shot. Champion Zach Makovsky, who soon meets season-five tourney winner Eduardo Dantas, currently rules the bantamweight division.
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