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Bellator signs wrestling phenom Shanon Slack for May 18 fight against Booker Arthur


CHICAGO, Ill. (May 9, 2012) - Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its impressive roster, this time adding dynamic featherweight Shanon Slack to its growing list of talent. Slack joins a stacked talent pool that includes reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran, future title challenger Patricio Pitbull, and a collection of some of the top featherweights in the world including Daniel Straus, Marlon Sandro, and "Popo" Bezerra.

"The Bellator featherweight division is tough as hell, and it was a huge reason why I decided to join Bellator," Slack said. "The tournament format is something that really stood out to me as well. There aren't any politics involved, and like any fighter, I want my title shot. Any fighter can say they want to take things one fight at a time, but if you aren't in this to become a champion, then you're in the wrong sport."

Armed with a wrestling base that earned him a spot as a U.S. Olympic alternate in 2008, Slack has trained with some of the biggest names in the sport and currently is a member of the world renowned Blackhouse fight team. Slack already boasts a spotless record of 3-0, but knows the sky is the limit with Bellator.

"I've been around for a while, and now I feel like I'm on a stage where I can showcase my skillset, and everything I bring to the table," Slack said. "After talking to everyone with Bellator, the organization really seemed like the best fit for me, and I can't wait to get into the cage."

Slack won't have to wait long, as the former Old Dominion standout is currently slated to take on Booker Arthur at Bellator 69 on May 18 from L'Auberge Casino Resort on

"When you look at the roster, you've seen former wrestlers have an incredible amount of success with Bellator," said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. "Michael Chandler, Ben Askren, and Cole Konrad have all earned titles with a core wrestling base, and Shanon brings that same pedigree into the organization."

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