"Christian's dangerous in every facet of the game and he could use this platform on MTV2 to establish himself as a force in the 205 division," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
M'Pumbu is currently residing and fighting out of Paris, France; however, the 33 year old was born in Kinshasa, Republic of Congo. His mother donned him "Tonton" at a young age and the nickname stuck. M'Pumbu developed an appetite for combat sports in his teens when he began training in Kyukushinkai Karate. The appetite turned to hunger when at 25-years-old M'Pumbu decided to begin his training in mixed martial arts.
"Tonton" took his first fight in 2004 where he won by KO in just 32 seconds but did not decided to fight professionally until 2006. Now, five years later, M'Pumbu is ready to take the next step in his career.
I have wanted to take a step up in competition for some time now. I'm ready for this," said M'Pumbu. "I truly believe that I will be the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Champion. I'm excited about the future. Hard work always pays off"
About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in 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.
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