Scott Barrett vs. Ty Lee added to Bellator 19 in season-three tourney qualifier
A pair of heavyweight prospects will compete at Bellator 19 in hopes of landing a spot in the promotion's season-three tournament bracket.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that heavyweight prospects Scott Barrett (9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Ty Lee (7-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) have agreed to meet at Bellator 19, and an official announcement from the organization is expected shortly.
Bellator 19 takes place May 20 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and features the promotion's welterweight tournament semifinals and a non-title "super fight" between Bellator featherweight champ Joe Soto and Diego Saraiva.
A Georgia native, Barrett has won nine of his 10 career outings and is currently on a three-fight win streak. The former wrestler is fortunate to still be fighting after undergoing surgery for a detached retina in 2008.
Barrett's lone loss came to top heavyweight prospect and recent UFC signee Chad Corvin in February 2009. Eight of Barrett's victories have come by stoppage, and seven of those have come in the opening frame. Barrett had been expected to face Jeff Monson at an XKL event in March, but "The Snowman" backed out of the fight at the last moment citing back injury.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Lee brings an undefeated record to the cage. A former champion high school wrestler and collegiate footballer, Lee made his professional debut in 2006 and has reeled off seven-straight victories – five by first-round stoppage – to open his career.
Lee fought most recently in a June 2009 submission win over veteran journeyman Ruben "Warpath" Villareal.
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