Roger Huerta signs with Bellator for season-two lightweight tournament

During a press conference streamed live today on, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney made the official announcement  that Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Roger Huerta officially has joined Bellator Fighting Championships. Huerta (21-3-1), one of Bellator’s highest-profile signings to date, joins the season-two eight-man lightweight tournament field.

Huerta returns to the cage for the first time in 18 months, where he will make his promotion debut at Bellator 13 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on April 8th, 2010.  No opponent was named, but Rebney said an announcement “literally could come in the next few days.”

If successful in winning the tournament Heuerta earns a shot at season-one winner and current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.  Heuerta also stands to make $100,000 over the three fight tourney.

Other fighters confirmed for Bellator’s season-two lightweight tournament include season-one runner-up Toby Imada (23-13), Chad Hinton (6-0), Janne Tulirinta (12-3), Ferrid Kheder (16-5), Mike Ricci (5-0) and Cary Vanier (7-2).

Bellator’s main cards from its 12-week seasons air live on FOX Sports Net affiliates, and highlights shows air two days later on NBC and Telemundo.

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