Bellator Fighting Championships adds Ryan McGivern to middleweight tournament
From Bellator FightingChampionships:
CHICAGO, Ill. (March 18, 2010) —Ryan McGivern, the former IFL champion and longtime pupil of former UFCChampion Pat Miletich, is the latest addition to Bellator FightingChampionships’ upcoming Season 2 middleweight tournament roster.
The 30-year-old McGivern boasts an overall professional record of 13-6including wins over UFC veteran Matt Horwich and WEC veteran Dan Molina. Anative of Bettendorf, Iowa, he was a four-time letter-winner in wrestling atthe University of Iowa.
“With his experience in a top NCAA wrestling program and in the IFL, RyanMcGivern brings some great credentials to our 185 tournament,” said Bellatorfounder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “With him and the rest of the middleweights thatwe’ve signed, I can tell you that there are going to be some very excitingfights beginning next month.”
McGivern is the sixth confirmed participant in Bellator’s eight-manmiddleweight tournament, joining Bryan “The Beast” Baker, Jared Hess, SeanLoeffler, Matt Major and Eric Schambari. The group boasts a combined overallwinning percentage of .829 (68-14).
Bellator will also conduct tournaments at 145, 155 and 170 lbs. during itssecond season, with the winners in each division being declared No. 1contenders to Bellator’s current champions. Each of Bellator’s 24 Season 2 and3 events will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net, NBC, Telemundo and on The Scoresports network in Canada.
Though McGivern has not taken a professional fight in more than a year, he hasmaintained a full-time training regimen at the Miletich Fighting Systems campin Iowa, while also working full-time as a procurement specialist for the U.S.Department of Defense. He calls Bellator “the next major step in my career.”
“I had the chance to watch a lot of the Bellator fights last year, and it’sjust an awesome promotion,” he said. “Getting in the tournament is just anincredible opportunity for me. Being on TV and being matched up against somereally great fighters is extra motivation to be at the top of my game. I justcan’t wait to get into the cage.”
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