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Ed West, Hiroshi Nakamura, Travis Marx Round Out Bellator Season Six Bantamweight Tourney

The eight-man field for Bellator's season-six bantamweight tournament is set.

Ed West (right) punches Luis Alberto Nogueira at Bellator 51. (Photo by Keith Mills via
Ed West (right) punches Luis Alberto Nogueira at Bellator 51. (Photo by Keith Mills via

Bellator Fighting Championships has finalized the eight-man field for its upcoming season-six bantamweight tournament.

Ed West, Hiroshi Nakamura, and Travis Marx have signed on to complete the field, according to reports from Sherdog.

Fellow 135-pound veterans Luis Nogueira, Alexis Vila, Rodrigo Lima, Marcos Galvao and Masakatsu Ueda were previously reported entrants. The winner of the tournament is set to earn a $100,000 grand prize and guaranteed title shot against Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky.

West (17-6) previously competed in Bellator's season-five 135-pound tournament, where he defeated Luis Alberto Nogueira in the opening round before dropping a narrow split decision to eventual tourney champion Eduardo Dantas in the semifinals. Prior to the run, West worked his way to season three's tournament finals, only to lose to Makovsky via unanimous decision.

Nakamura (14-5-4), meanwhile, is a the 30-year-old Deep veteran with a penchant for tough decision wins. The Japanese standout has tasted victory in five of his last six contests, and holds notable wins over Yoshiro Maeda, Seiji Akao, and Deep champion Masakazu Imanari.

Marx (18-3), a part-time representative of Jackson's MMA, storms into the tournament sporting a three-fight win streak inside regional promotions. Known as "T-Train", the Utah-native has finished each of his last two fights in under two minutes.

Bellator's sixth season is slated to kick off in March and will feature additional tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions. The inclusion of a sixth tournament is currently being mulled by promotion officials.