Bellator signs prospect Tyree Fortune, twin brother of heavyweight Tyrell Fortune

Bellator has doubled its Fortune.

Light heavyweight prospect Tyree Fortune (3-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), the fraternal twin brother of current Bellator heavyweight Tyrell Fortune (3-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), has signed a multi-fight deal, a Bellator official told MMAjunkie.

“I can’t wait to get in there and show them what I do,” Tyree Fortune said. “It’s a great payoff when you get something you’ve been looking for, and you actually see the fruit of your labor.”

Both former amateur wrestlers out of Portland, Ore., Tyree started in MMA when he got bored with life on the mats. Tyrell stuck it out and wound up winning a NCAA Division II championship at Grand Canyon University.

Tyrell Fortune made his Bellator debut this past November and is 3-0 as a professional. Now Tyree, sporting the same record, will join him in the Viacom-owned promotion.

As kids, Tyree left a scar on the back of Tyrell’s head after nearly drop-kicking him out a second story window. Now, they’ll fight side by side.

While a date hasn’t been set for Tyree’s debut, he’s anxious to fight as soon as possible.

“I was waiting for this so I can put a stamp on it and put every 205er on notice that wants a fight,” he said. “My name comes across the table, sign that piece of paper.”

A product of Gracie Barra Portland, Tyree has competed at heavyweight like Tyrell. But he is focused on winning the title at 205 pounds. He also doesn’t rule out a trip to middleweight.

Tyrell, who got his start in MMA by serving as Rashad Evans’ sparring partner, is thrilled his brother has joined him.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “It’s almost like I’m getting signed again. For my brother, he’s been fighting for the past nine or 10 years and is really experienced in this game. It’s good to see him grow and develop. It’s nice to have someone you grew up with beside you.”

Tyrell told MMAjunkie he wants his brother to join him at Arizona Combat Sports. But that doesn’t sit entirely well with Tyree, who is targeting team standout and light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader.

“I want that title,” he said. “I can’t train with you, because I want to fight you.”

Like many twins, Tyree and Tyrell don’t always see eye to eye on everything. But Tyree wants to waste no time after an extended amateur career in which he went 13-2. He’s just waiting for the green light from Bellator.

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie