The Line Up for Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament Revealed!
Earlier this month, Bellator Mixed Martial Arts (Bellator MMA) announced the line up for eight-man Welterweight Grand Prix tournament plan. To wrap up the lineup, there will be one expected involvement in the said upcoming tournament.
And that makes the official line up for the promotion’s upcoming welterweight tournament.
In the semi-finals of the Grand Prix, Matt Mitrione (13-5) and Ryan Bader (25-5) are set to face off. The event will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn on October 12.
The winner will advance to the finals to fight against the winner of the other semifinal matchup—Chael Sonnen vs Fedor Emelianenko. Bellator officially announced the date on Tuesday, July 11, 2018.
The Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix returns October 12th! 🔥
Exclusive online pre-sale this Thursday. pic.twitter.com/EUrhg9Pqbh
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) July 10, 2018
Line Up for Bellator Grand Prix Tournament
As reported by ESPN’s Chamatkar Sandhu via Twitter, a total nine of the ten participants for the tournament have now revealed.
To recap the Bellator 170 GP will be a TEN man tournament (not 8).
9 participants announced:
There'll be 2 qualifying bouts=
winners enter the tournament bracket of 8.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 17, 2018
- Current Bellator Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald;
- British striking whiz Michael “Venom” Page
- Erstwhile Bellator Welterweight champ Douglas Lima;
- UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin;
- Wrestler Ed Ruth;
- Previews UFC Welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch;
- Grappling Ace Neiman Gracie;
- Former Bellator champ, Andrey Koreshkov;
- Ukrainian Welterweight Yaroslav Amosov.
The First Tournament Bout Schedule
On September 29, the first tournament bout will occur on a massive card that will serve as Bellator’s DAZN debut. In a riveting rubber match, the bout between the former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov will occur.
Rory Macdonald (20-4) will fight against Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) to move up to middleweight on the same card. Come what may the outcome of this fight, MacDonald will subsequently return to welterweight to compete in this fantastic Grand Prix.
Let’s wait for Bellator to announce to future bouts in a jiffy.
Scott Coker on Bellator Grand Prix Tournament
Coker stated that the Sonnen vs. Emelianenko bout will be a significant draw. He thinks it’s going to be a big event for them and for the company.
Bellator President Coker believes it’s going to be a big piece of business for them and it could be the best Bellator event ever.
“Could be,” he said. “It could be. I wish Fedor was here training and living in the states and we could have access to him more. But Chael, he can promote unlike anybody I’ve ever seen. And he loves it. So, we’re gonna give him every opportunity to let him have a mic whenever he wants and we’re gonna pump this fight really hard.”
Light heavyweight Wanderlei ‘The Axe Murderer’ Silva Believes Chael Sonnen Will Win Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix
Light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva discusses the upcoming fourth chapter in his rivalry with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jackson’s weight, the ongoing Bellator heavyweight tournament, plus much more. Watch the full video below. Courtesy: MMA Fighting on SBN.
Who do you think will shine for this year’s Bellator Grand Prix Tournament?