Bellator Fighting Championships announced the addition of former DREAM veteran and Rage Cage Champion Zelg “Little Cro Cop” Galesic to the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament. Galesic joins fellow middleweights Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko, Bryan “The Beast” Baker, Vitor Vianna, Jared Hess, Brian “The Predator” Rogers and Sam Alvey in the eight-man tournament to decide who will earn a title shot against current Bellator Middleweight World Champion Hector Lombard.
“I think I match up well with the fighters in this tournament – guys like Alexander Shlemenko, Bryan Baker, and Sam Alvey,” said Galesic. “And Hector Lombard is a great fighter. He’s always very exciting to watch. I hope I will get a chance to touch gloves with him one day.”
“Zelg is a great addition to our Season 5 Middleweight Tournament, and now that he’s back 100% from injury, he should be competitive with our top Middleweights,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
A true knockout artist, Galesic (10-5) has never had a fight go the distance, registering an impressive eight knockouts in his 10 professional victories. Truly a dynamic striker, the “Little Cro Cop” earned his nickname after training with fellow Croatian and MMA legend Mirko Filipovic. After stepping away from the cage for over a year with a knee injury, Galesic is fully healed and ready to make noise in Bellator’s upcoming Middleweight Tournament.
“I see Bellator as a place to really make a major name for myself in the United States,” Galesic said. “I’m extremely excited to compete in the upcoming Bellator Middleweight Tournament. I’m even more excited to win the whole thing.”