Wilson Reis. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
CHICAGO, ILL. —Six-time Bellator veteran Wilson Reis will have a chance to become a nine-time vet in early 2011. Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed Reis as the sixth competitor in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament which airs live on MTV2 beginning in March 2011. Reis made it to the semifinal round of both the Season 1 and Season 2 Featherweight Tournaments and currently boasts a Bellator record of 4-2 with an overall record of 11-2.
Returning to the Bellator cage fresh off of an impressive victory over dangerous WEC veteran Deividas Taurosevicius at Bellator 33, the decorated submission specialist says that his time is now.
“I came up short in the first two tournaments and this is my chance to make things right,” said Reis. “I absolutely believe that I can win it, and that's why I decided to get involved this time around. I'm going to give it all I have, take it one fight at a time, and in every fight, do my best.”
Reis brings an impressive 11-2 record to the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament that includes a 2008 submission victory over newly crowned Bellator World Bantamweight Champion Zack “Fun Size” Makovsky.
“Wilson’s part of our family. He’s been with us from the very beginning and his overall game improves every time he enters the Bellator cage. I can’t wait to see the next step in his evolution as he enters the deepest Featherweight tournament we’ve ever had,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and currently fighting out of Philadelphia, Reis began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at just 13 years of age, eventually earning his black belt in 2004 – the same year he won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. After reaching the pinnacle of Jiu-Jitsu, Reis decided to make a move to mixed martial arts and has been training full time ever since.
With two prior Bellator tournaments and four years of MMA experience under his belt, Reis believes that he's a smarter fighter today than he's ever been before.
“I'm wiser in this sport right now than I've ever been before,” said Reis. “I've been training for four years now so I'm really starting to understand every aspect of the game. The wrestling, the jiu-jitsu and the kickboxing, and blending them all together. I'm better than I've ever been right now.”