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Croatian Middleweight Zelg Galesic Joins Bellator’s Season 5 Middleweight Tournament

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CHICAGO, Ill. (May 27, 2011) - Bellator Fighting Championships announced today the addition of former DREAM veteran and Rage Cage Champion Zelg "Little Cro Cop" Galesic to the Bellator Season 5 Middleweight Tournament.

Galesic joins fellow middleweights Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko, Bryan "The Beast" Baker, Vitor Vianna, Jared Hess, Brian "The Predator" Rogers and Sam Alvey in the eight-man tournament to decide who will earn a title shot against current Bellator Middleweight World Champion Hector Lombard.

"I think I match up well with the fighters in this tournament - guys like Alexander Shlemenko, Bryan Baker, and Sam Alvey," said Galesic. "And Hector Lombard is a great fighter. He's always very exciting to watch. I hope I will get a chance to touch gloves with him one day."

"Zelg is a great addition to our Season 5 Middleweight Tournament, and now that he's back 100% from injury, he should be competitive with our top Middleweights," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

A true knockout artist, Galesic (10-5) has never had a fight go the distance, registering an impressive eight knockouts in his 10 professional victories. Truly a dynamic striker, the "Little Cro Cop" earned his nickname after training with fellow Croatian and MMA legend Mirko Filipovic. After stepping away from the cage for over a year with a knee injury, Galesic is fully healed and ready to make noise in Bellator's upcoming Middleweight Tournament.

"I see Bellator as a place to really make a major name for myself in the United States," Galesic said. "I'm extremely excited to compete in the upcoming Bellator Middleweight Tournament. I'm even more excited to win the whole thing."

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator

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