Bellator Reveals Opening Round Of Welterweight Grand Prix

The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bracket is official.

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The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix tournament bracket is officially set and will kick off at Bellator 206 on September 29, 2018.

Earlier today (Aug. 6, 2018) Bellator announced the bracket seedings for the welterweight GP via Instagram. But the news didn’t stop there, as they announced Paul Daley as one of the eight men involved in the tournament.

Daley’s participation was in question due to his ongoing contract issues with the promotion, but now that is all squared away, Daley is in.

The bracket breaks down as such:

One one side of the bracket Michael “Venom” Page (13-0) will take on fellow Brit Paul “Semtex” Daley (40-16-2) in a grudge match years in the making. Joining them on that side of the bracket are two former champions in Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (29-7) and Andrey “The Spartan” Koreshkov (21-2).

On the other side of the bracket waits reigning welterweight champion Rory “Red King” MacDonald (20-4) defending his belt against Jon Fitch (31-7-1). The winner of that bout will take on either Neiman Gracie (8-0) or fellow unbeaten prospect “EZ” Ed Ruth (6-0).

It seems Scott Coker has thought this Grand Prix out well after all this isn’t his first rodeo. Yaroslav Amasov (20-0) will fight Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (19-7) with the winner earning the coveted alternate spot should one of the eight participants be unable to compete. It should be noted that reigning UFC double champ Daniel “DC” Cormier won the Strikeforce heavyweight GP as an alternate.

All fights are expected to be five-round affairs regardless of where and when they take place on the card. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this tournament is that the welterweight title will be up for grabs a total of three times. So, in theory, we could see a new 170-pound champion be crowned three more times in 2018.

The welterweight GP kicks off Sept. 29 at Bellator 206 with Daley vs. Page; the event will be the first on the streaming platform DAZN.

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Douglas Lima Preferred Title Rematch Over Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix

Douglas Lima admits the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix isn’t ideal for him. Lima is a former two-time Bellator welterweight champion. Lima put the title on the line against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pounder Rory MacDonald….

Douglas Lima admits the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix isn’t ideal for him. Lima is a former two-time Bellator welterweight champion. Lima put the title on the line against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pounder Rory MacDonald. “Red King” ended up earning a unanimous decision victory to capture the gold. As expected, Lima will be one […]

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Bellator Reveals Lineup For Welterweight Tournament

Bellator announced the lineup for their upcoming welterweight tournament.

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Bellator is set to host a 10-man welterweight tournament that will feature the promotion’s biggest names at 170 pounds.

The bracket features the following names:

  • Yaroslav Amosov
  • Jon Fitch
  • Neiman Gracie
  • Andrey Koreshkov
  • Lorenz Larkin
  • Douglas Lima
  • Rory MacDonald
  • Michael Page
  • Ed Ruth

Bellator President Scott Coker made the announcement official at a press conference for the U.S. launch for streaming service DAZN. MMA Fighting reports that a 10th and final participant has yet to be named.

The first bout of the tournament will take place at Bellator 205 from the SAP Center in San Jose, California on September 29th. It will be a trilogy bout between Lima and Koreshkov as each man holds a win over the other.

On the same card, Rory MacDonald will challenge Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator middleweight championship in the main event. It will be Bellator’s first event airing on the DAZN platform, a streaming service that requires a $9.99 a month subscription.

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Douglas Lima Eyes Rematch with Rory MacDonald

Former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima has a certain fight in mind. That fight would be a rematch with current champion Rory MacDonald. However, he understands that this will not be his next fight and he will have to wait for it. If you rec…

Former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima has a certain fight in mind. That fight would be a rematch with current champion Rory MacDonald. However, he understands that this will not be his next fight and he will have to wait for it. If you recall, Lima suffered a unanimous-decision loss to MacDonald at Bellator 192 […]

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Rory MacDonald Doesn’t Believe Douglas Lima Rematch is Next

If you were expecting to see another immediate rematch between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima, you may want to dial it back. Back in January, MacDonald captured the Bellator welterweight championship against Lima. “Red King” earned a unani…

If you were expecting to see another immediate rematch between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima, you may want to dial it back. Back in January, MacDonald captured the Bellator welterweight championship against Lima. “Red King” earned a unanimous decision victory in a competitive bout. It’s MacDonald’s first title reign under a major promotion. First Defense […]

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Bellator 192 Medical Suspensions: Rory MacDonald Earns Long Sit

It turns out those leg kicks by Douglas Lima did some serious damage to Rory MacDonald, even if he ultimately lost the fight. The CSAC imposed up to six months’ suspension (via MMA Fighting) for MacDonald, whose leg was grotesquely swollen by the end of the five-round welterweight title fight. Doctors with the California State […]

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It turns out those leg kicks by Douglas Lima did some serious damage to Rory MacDonald, even if he ultimately lost the fight.

The CSAC imposed up to six months’ suspension (via MMA Fighting) for MacDonald, whose leg was grotesquely swollen by the end of the five-round welterweight title fight.

Doctors with the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) say MacDonald might have possibly broken his right hand and right lower leg, due to an accumulation of damage dealt out by Lima’s leg kicks. MacDonald may be able to return before that if he’s cleared by a physician, but also must navigate a 45-day no contest with 30 days no contact mandatory suspension.

However, “The Red King” himself said on The MMA Hour that his leg was merely a hematoma, which explains the massive swelling. With no damage to the actual bone, the Bellator welterweight champion could return sooner than originally thought.

As for Lima, the recently deposed champ was given a 60-day ban from the commission due to a cut over his right eye. Lima was also given a 45-day medical suspension with 30 days of no contact; the fight was clearly a war of a attrition between both men, amounting to some serious damage that has forced the CSAC’s hand in suspending them.

Here are the full suspensions:

Chael Sonnen: Seven day mandatory suspension

Quinton Jackson: Seven day mandatory suspension

Rory MacDonald: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact due to possible fracture to right hand and right lower leg; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; 45-day no contest, 30-day no contact mandatory suspension

Douglas Lima: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration of the right eyebrow; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; 45-day no contest, 30-day no contact mandatory suspension

Michael Chandler: Seven day mandatory suspension

Goiti Yamauchi: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration to left cheek; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; seven-day mandatory suspension

Aaron Pico: Seven day mandatory suspension
Shane Kruchten: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest,180 days no contact due to possible fracture to right foot and right second toe; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; 45-day no contest, 30-day no contact mandatory suspension due to KO

Henry Corrales: Seven day mandatory suspension

Georgi Karakhanyan: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact due to possible fracture to right hand; potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration of right eyebrow; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; Seven day mandatory suspension

Cooper Gibson: Seven day mandatory suspension

Andrew Lazo: Seven day mandatory suspension

Chad George: Seven day mandatory suspension

James Barnes: Potential suspension of 180 days no contest, 180 days no contact due to possible fracture to left shoulder; must be cleared by physician to return sooner; Seven day mandatory suspension

Gabriel Green: Seven day mandatory suspension

Christopher Padilla: Seven day mandatory suspension

Jalin Turner: Seven day mandatory suspension

Noah Tillis: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact; no exception due to KO

Arthur Estrazulas: Seven day mandatory suspension

Mike Segura: Seven day mandatory suspension

Roosevelt Roberts: Seven day mandatory suspension

Tom Aaron: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact; no exception due to KO

Kyle Estrada: Seven day mandatory suspension

David Duran: Seven day mandatory suspension

Johnny Cisneros: Seven day mandatory suspension

Marlen Magee: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration to nose; must be cleared by physician to return sooner

Guilherme Bomba: Seven day mandatory suspension

Ivan Castillo: Seven day mandatory suspension

Devon Brock: Potential suspension of 60 days no contest, 60 days no contact due to laceration to left eyebrow; must be cleared by physician to return sooner

Khonry Gracie: Seven day mandatory suspension

Jose Campos: Seven day mandatory suspension

Haim Gozali: Seven day mandatory suspension

Joey Davis: Seven day mandatory suspension

Ian Butler: Suspended 45 days no contest, 30 days no contact; no exception due to KO

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