CHICAGO, Ill. (May 5, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships looked
ahead to its third season today with the announcement that EliteXC
veteran Mark Oshiro will join Bellator’s Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament.
Oshiro, who is regarded as one of Hawaii’s top MMA prospects, comes
to Bellator with a 12-2 overall record including a perfect 3-0 mark
in EliteXC. He is known for a powerful and well-rounded attack that
has seen him finish five fights via TKO and six via submission. His
only two losses have come by decision.
Oshiro is the second conformed competitor in the Season 3
Bantamweight Tournament along with 9-2-1 Midwest mainstay Danny
Tims, who earned the first spot in the tournament by virtue of his
win over Brian Davidson at Bellator 16 in Kansas City last week.
Bellator Season 3 kicks off on Aug. 12th and will once again be
televised on FOX Sports Net, NBC, Telemundo and mun2.
“Mark Oshiro is a great fighter for our upcoming 135 lbs. tournament,”
said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He is a very
talented striker who also has a great ground game. I look forward to
seeing him fight in our tournament beginning in August.”
The 26-year-old Oshiro (he turns 27 later this month) was born and
raised in Hawaii and took up MMA about six years ago at the
recommendation of his cousin. When not training, he works as a
civilian contractor for the federal government working as an
electrician on submarines in the Pearl Harbor ship yard.
In the cage, he says he brings a “well-rounded approach” that
includes wrestling, jiu-jitsu and boxing.
“I’m the kind of guy who wants to finish the fight as fast as
possible,” he said. “I’m not the kind of guy who’s gonna try
to grind it out for three rounds.”
He said he hopes his inclusion in Bellator’s third season will help
bring recognition to the high level of MMA talent on the Hawaiian is
“There’s a lot of great fighters here – especially a lot of
great stand-up fighters,” he said. “We just don’t have the same
exposure as the mainland fighters. I see Bellator as a great new organization
that’s really starting to get a lot of great fighters and
a lot of attention. I look forward to growing together with them.”
About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional
company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Bellator’s founder
/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment
professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity
of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’
executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the
areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations,
venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing,
marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.