Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed Kenny “The Tooth Fairy” Foster and Zac George as the latest participants in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament beginning in March.
Foster looks to march through eight world-class featherweights for the chance at $100,000 and subsequently a title fight with current Bellator World Featherweight Champion Joe Warren. Foster made his Bellator debut last October at Bellator 33 with a dominant victory over Lester Caslow and brings an impressive 8-2 professional record into the tournament.
Foster is eager to show the world what he is capable of in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament and sincerely hopes his opponents make the mistake of looking past him.
“If any of my opponents take me lightly, I think that’s great. That’s their own fault. We’re all here for a reason and you don’t just end up in one of these tournaments because you got lucky. You’re there because you are one of the top guys in your division,” said Foster. “Winning this thing would mean the world to me. It would prove that I have achieved an elite status in my profession. It would prove that I’m one of the very best.”
“This is it, man. This is Bellator Fighting Championships,” said Foster. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
As a two-time Georgia State Wrestling Champion in high school and a Division II All-American in college, Foster’s transition to MMA was an easy choice. Like so many before him, Foster was looking for an outlet for his competitive nature after college which ultimately drove him to mixed martial arts. Foster took his first amateur fight with no prior MMA training, convincing the promoter to book him based on his wrestling skills alone. Jumping head first into the sport, Foster didn’t have a single day of formal training through his entire career as an amateur before eventually moving to New York to train with the Bomb Squad as a professional.
“Kenny’s a well rounded fighter who has the skills and tools to do very well in this tournament and potentially shock people,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Residing in Oklahoma while training out of Team Quest in Oregon, George (20-3) had the luxury of competing in a variety of combat sports prior to his career in MMA. After getting his start in wrestling at just 4-years-old and eventually becoming an All-State wrestler in high school, George continued to look for new challenges. While attending the University of Oklahoma to obtain his degree in Social Studies, the aggressive Sooner picked up boxing at a local gym. It wasn’t long before “The Red Devil” compiled an amateur boxing record of 15-1, an amateur kickboxing record of 18-1, and a pro kickboxing record of 2-0 with a pair of knockouts to his credit. The transition to MMA was an obvious one for George.
With eight knockouts and seven submissions in his twenty victories as a professional – including fourteen finishes in the very first round – George has clearly established himself as one of the more electrifying featherweights in the division.
“Zac George finishes fights and often finishes them early. Anyone he faces in our Featherweight tournament this March will need to be at the very top of their game to hope to get out with a victory,” said Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“I’ve wanted to fight for Bellator for a while now,” said George. “It’s an exciting weight class and Bellator has a bunch of really talented fighters with records similar to mine. They’re hungry guys looking for their shot and they all want to go out there to beat some people up and make some money. I’m really excited about it.”
Even with his year long hiatus from the cage, George feels like he is on top of his game. Currently riding a six fight win streak, including an impressive 2nd round submission victory of Bellator veteran Bryan Goldsby in his last fight, George is ready to re-introduce himself to the MMA world, and make noise in the Featherweight Tournament.
“It’s going to mean the world to me “when” I win this tournament,” George said. “There is no “if” in my mind. I wouldn’t enter this thing if I didn’t know that I was going to go out there and stomp on some guys. I’m going to go out there and put on some exciting fights, beat these guys up, and make a living while I’m at it. “
Foster and George join Eric Larkin as confirmed participants in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament.