Bellator Adds Loeffler, Hess to Middleweight Tourney

Bellator Fighting Championships today announced two more noteworthy additions to its upcoming season two middleweight tournament with the signings of season one tournament finalist Jared Hess and MMA veteran Sean Loeffler.

Hess and Loefller make up the fourth and fifth confirmed participants in the Bellator middleweight tournament.

Hess is a former All-American wrestler for the University of Central Oklahoma. He earned two victories in the first Bellator tournament before losing to Hector Lombard in the finals.

“Jared’s potential is unlimited,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “When his striking catches up to his strength on the ground, he could be one of the most dangerous 185 pounders in the business. On the other hand, Sean has established a great record, has earned this opportunity to fight his way to a title shot and doesn’t have a reverse gear. Perhaps more importantly, both Jared and Sean come to fight every time they step into the cage.”

Loeffler, 27, made his pro debut at the age of 17. In 22 career fights, he has gone to the second round only three times and has only lost four fights.

“I watch fights on TV and the guys are dancing around and throwing jabs. That’s not for me … that’s not MMA,” Loeffler said. “This is not ballet. It’s combat sports, so you won’t see me stalling and circling. If there’s one word to describe my fighting style, it’s violent. Win or lose, if you fight me, you’re not gonna leave looking pretty.”