Roberto Godoi jiu-jitsu black belt Wilson Reis has made something of a name for himself beyond the jiu-jitsu circuits with his strong showing in two Bellator tournaments. He enters his third this season and should be considered a favorite to win it all with his excellent combination of athletic wrestling, aggressive position advancement and super submission finishing skills. From the Bellator press release:
Six-time Bellator veteran Wilson Reis will have a chance to become a nine-time vet in early 2011. Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed Reis as the sixth competitor in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament which airs LIVE on MTV2 beginning in March 2011. Reis made it to the semifinal round of both the Season 1 and Season 2 Featherweight Tournaments and currently boasts a Bellator record of 4-2 with an overall record of 11-2. His impressive rear naked choke of Shad Lierley at Bellator 14 can be viewed here: (http://bit.ly/hYfd4O)
Reis brings an impressive 11-2 record to the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament that includes a 2008 submission victory over newly crowned Bellator World Bantamweight Champion Zack "Fun Size" Makovsky.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and currently fighting out of Philadelphia, Reis began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at just 13 years of age, eventually earning his black belt in 2004 - the same year he won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. After reaching the pinnacle of Jiu-Jitsu, Reis decided to make a move to mixed martial arts and has been training full time ever since.
I've personally trained with Reis. I've never seen someone take the back like he can. However, if he has any deficincies that are glaring, they're in the striking department. He'll need to dramatically improve if he wants to advance and wins the finals.