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Jared Hess Returns to Bellator With Eyes Set on Hector Lombard Rematch

Jared Hess will return for season two of Bellator to give it another shot at the promotion's middleweight title, Bellator announced Thursday.

During season one, the former NCAA All-American wrestler submitted Daniel Tabera and stopped Yosmany Cabezas in the tournament but fell short in the finals to current champion Hector Lombard due to a fourth-round cut stoppage.

This year, the goal for Hess (10-1-1) will be to beat three opponents from April through June to secure a title shot rematch in September against Lombard.

"I'm looking forward to winning the tournament and getting a chance to face Hector again," Hess said. "I think it would be a much different outcome this time. My standup has improved by leaps and bounds since then. Add that to my wrestling and I think I'd have a distinct edge this time."

Bellator also announced on Thursday the addition of Sean Loeffler (18-4) to the middleweight tournament. Three more names are to be announced.

Current Participants:

Jared Hess
Sean Loeffler
Matt Major
Bryan Baker
Eric Schambari

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