Bellator Confirms Ferrid Kheder For Season 4 Lightweight Tournamentâ€
CHICAGO, Ill. (February 9, 2011) â€” Judo Olympian Ferrid â€œHurricaneâ€ Kheder was days away from competing in the Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament when he felt a sharp pain on the right side of his abdomen. Doctors later confirmed Khederâ€™s worst fear; he had come down with appendicitis and required surgery, subsequently forcing him out of the tournament. Now with all ailments behind him, Kheder will have a second chance at glory. Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed his participation in the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament which will begin this March, airing LIVE on MTV2.
â€œHurricaneâ€ brings an solid 18-5-1 professional record into the tournament and is riding a five-fight win-streak. Currently training out of King's MMA in Huntington Beach, California alongside Mark Munoz, Fabricio Werdum and Jason â€œMayhemâ€ Miller, Keder has notched impressive finishes in 15 of his 18 victories as a professional.
â€œAs a former Olympian, Ferrid brings dangerous grappling skills to this tournament. Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing Ferrid finally make his Bellator debut this season,â€ said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Although Kheder is now a 24-fight MMA veteran, Judo is where he excelled early in life. Getting his start in Judo at just 4-years-old, Kheder's Judo accolades include a black belt, five European Judo Championships, seven Judo World Cup medals, and most impressively an appearance at the 2000 Olympics where he represented France.
Now as a mixed martial artist, Kheder is focused on only one thing.
â€œI'm absolutely determined to win this tournament. I think I'm one of the best in the world when I have the proper training and I'm fully prepared,â€ said Kheder. â€œI have three fights to win in this tournament, and then I'll have the opportunity to fight for the title against one of the best lightweights in the world. I know this is a really huge opportunity for me.â€
Kheder joins Rob McCullough, Carey Vanier, Michael Chandler, and Lloyd Woodard as confirmed fighters for the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament all which will compete for the chance at $100,000 and a shot at Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez.
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