Bellator announced today that Brian Foster is officially ineligible for action in the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament, which begin at Bellator 63 next Friday, March 30 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Newcomer Jordan Smith will take his place.
According to the Mohegan Sun Commission, Foster will need to be screened for additional testing before he is medically cleared to fight. The 18-5 welterweight was originally scheduled to face David Rickels in the opening round, but now the 27-year-old Smith gets his shot in the $100,000 tournament.
“Brian’s a hugely talented fighter who we were hoping to see next Friday, but his Bellator premiere will need to be delayed just a bit” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “But to pick up a rising star in Jordan Smith and place him into the fire of our $100,000 Welterweight Tournament is what makes great moments. The Mohegan Sun Commission is one of the best in the world and we support their decision.
The 16-2-1 Smith has recent victories over one-time UFC contender Karo Parisyan and a win in November against Josh McDonald. But now the One Hit and Black House MMA trained fighter is staring his dream right in the face.
“This is the best opportunity I’ve ever had in my career,” Smith said. “This is the break I’ve been waiting for. What I like about Bellator is there’s a clear line of sight to the title.”
Known for his striking prowess, the Layton, Utah fighter remains well-rounded – earning seven of his wins by KO/TKO and seven of his wins by submission. With the short time Smith has had to prepare, the fight-finishing mixed martial artist has quickly brushed up on his opponent.
“It’s such short notice that I haven’t had a chance to do much research on Dave,” Smith added. “I see that he’s undefeated and most of his wins have come by submission. From the clips I’ve seen it looks like he finds a way to win.”