Slack (3-0) is a former Olympic alternate for the U.S. wrestling team, having cultivated his grappling skills as a collegiate wrestler at Old Dominion University. The 28-year-old is currently serving as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter for Team Cruz.
For Slack, an opportunity to fight in Bellator brings him one step closer to his ultimate goal: winning a belt in a major promotion.
“The Bellator featherweight division is tough as hell, and it was a huge reason why I decided to join Bellator,” Slack said (props to MMAWeekly for the quotes). “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.”
Pointing to the standout wrestlers that currently hold titles in the promotion, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney predicts that Slack has the ability to enjoy similar success.
“When you look at the roster, you’ve seen former wrestlers have an incredible amount of success with Bellator,” said 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.”
Slack will take his first step next Friday at the L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he’ll meet 2-1 Booker Arthur.