The bracket for the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix is set.
By way of Sporting Information, the Viacom-owned promotion revealed the 10-man area and matchups that will likely be going down completely on DAZN, beginning at Bellator 206 with a trilogy battle between former welterweight champion Douglas Lima taking up former welterweight champion in Andrey Koreshkov.
On that facet of the bracket is the largest grudge matchup in Bellator historical past, as U.Ok. stars Michael “Venom” Web page and Paul Daley will lastly lock horns.
The opposite facet of the bracket options Jon Fitch taking up Ed Ruth and present welterweight champion Rory MacDonald defending towards Jon Fitch. An alternate battle was added in case one thing occurs to any of the fighters and the winner can step proper in, as Lorenz Larkin and Yaroslav Amosov will sq. off.
Dates and places for the remaining first spherical bouts, semi-finals and last will likely be decided at a later date.
All of the Bellator grand prix contests will include five-round bouts. Starting with MacDonald vs. Fitch, every time an athlete enters a event bout as champion, the Bellator welterweight title will likely be on the road, culminating within the Welterweight World Grand Prix winner changing into the undisputed Bellator welterweight champion.
Daley and Web page have exchanged barbs during the last two years, calling one another out in varied interviews and social-media platforms.
Web page is undefeated in 13 fights, with 11 coming by stoppage, largely resulting from his potential to end opponents from any place contained in the cage. He final fought at Bellator 200 in Might, successful by second-round TKO towards David Rickels.
It did not seem Daley (40-16) and the promotion would attain frequent floor on a brand new deal. He requested for his launch from the corporate after disagreements with high-ranking Bellator officers as a result of he felt he was being handled unfairly. After shedding to Jon Fitch at Bellator 199, Daley carried out a clumsy interview booing his personal efficiency and being important of Bellator officers.
MacDonald (20-4), who will likely be difficult Gegard Mousasi for the middleweight title at Bellator 206, received the welterweight crown by notching a unanimous determination victory over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 in January. The “Pink King” has additionally received each of his Bellator outings heading into the largest battle of his profession.
Fitch (31-7-1, 1 no contest) enters the grand prix driving a five-fight successful streak, together with his Bellator debut, a unanimous determination win over Daley at Bellator 199.
Lima (29-7) is a two-time welterweight champion. He received the title from Rick Hawn at Bellator 117 however misplaced it to Koreshkov in his first title protection at Bellator 140. He received the title again within the rematch through third-round TKO at Bellator 164 on Nov. 10, 2016. He defended the belt one time earlier than shedding to MacDonald at Bellator 192 in January.
Since shedding the title to Lima, Koreshkov (21-2) has reeled off two consecutive wins, ending Chidi Njokuani and Vaso Bakocevic through strikes.
Gracie (8-0) is a fourth-generation member of the famed Jiu-jitsu Gracie household. He received six consecutive fights beneath the Bellator banner. Most just lately, Gracie submitted Javier Torres within the second spherical at Bellator 198.
Ruth (6-0) received three straight NCAA wrestling championships for Penn State from 2012 to 2014. He signed with Bellator in 2015 and made his debut Dustin Collins-Miles at Bellator 163 in Nov. 2016. Ruth fought at June’s Bellator 201, beating Andy Murad by second-round TKO.
Larkin (19-7, 1 no contest) joined Bellator in March 2017. He acquired a title shot towards Lima at Bellator NYC, however got here up quick, shedding by unanimous determination. Larkin will enter the event with some momentum, incomes a unanimous determination nod over Fernando Gonzalez in his final battle on Jan. 28.
Amosov (20-0) signed with Bellator earlier this yr. The Ukranian prospect made his promotional debut at Bellator 202 by beating Gerald Harris by unanimous determination.
Earlier this yr, Bellator and DAZN introduced a multi-year landmark distribution settlement beginning with Bellator 206 on Sept. 29 from the SAP Middle in San Jose. DAZN, the world’s largest devoted reside sports activities streaming service and a part of Carry out Group, will function seven unique stacked battle playing cards per yr on DAZN and one other 15 that are simulcast throughout Paramount Community and DAZN.
The streaming service will likely be accessible within the United States on Sept. 10 for $9.99 a month, with the primary month free for brand new subscribers. Within the U.S., DAZN’s battle protection begins Sept. 22, that includes the Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin heavyweight title bout.