The 12-bout lineup for next week’s Bellator 102 lineup is complete, and it includes a heavyweight tournament bout between Lavar “Big” Johnson and Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz.
Johnson (17-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Queiroz (6-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) join Mark Godbeer (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Cheick Kongo (18-8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the semifinals of Bellator’s four-man Season 9 heavyweight tournament.
“Bellator 102: Godbeer vs. Kongo” takes place Oct. 4 at California’s Visalia Convention Center. Like all of Bellator’s Season 9 events, the evening’s main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
Following a nine-fight run for the UFC and Strikeforce, Johnson fights for the first time under the Bellator MMA banner. The heavy-handed slugger owns 15 knockouts in his 17 career victories.
Meanwhile, Queiroz looks to rebound from a November 2012 loss to Alexander Volkov at Bellator 80.
Additionally, Bellator 102 hosts the finals of the promotion’s Summer Series bantamweight tournament final with Anthony Leone (13-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) vs. Rafael Silva (20-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Leone earned his spot in the finals with a submission win over Frank Baca at July’s Bellator 97 event. Silva scored a submission over Rodrigo Lima at that same event.
The evening’s preliminary card includes lightweights Cain Carrizosa (4-0) vs. Juan Quesada (2-1), lightweights Jonny Carson (11-6) vs. Bryan Travers (14-3), lightweights Brandon Girtz (8-3) vs. Poppie Martinez (27-8), heavyweights Javy Ayala (5-3) vs. Thiago Santos (11-2), featherweights Scott Cleve (13-3) vs. Isaac DeJesus (10-5-1), welterweights Kenny Ento (13-12) vs. Michael Page (5-0) and heavyweights Brandon Cash (7-3) vs. William Richey (10-1).
Bellator 102's full lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV, 7:30 p.m. ET)
- Cain Carrizosa vs. Juan Quesada
- Jonny Carson vs. Bryan Travers
- Brandon Girtz vs. Poppies Martinez
- Javy Ayala vs. Thiago “Big Monster” Santos
- Scott Cleve vs. Isaac DeJesus
- Kenny Ento vs. Michael Page
- Brandon Cash vs. William Richey
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(Pictured: Vinicius Queiroz)