The matchups are officially set for the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 8 light heavyweight tournament.

Three bouts in the 205-pound bracket will take place at Bellator 85 on Jan. 17, which marks the Chicago-based promotion’s highly-anticipated debut on Spike TV. Unlike previous iterations, where future pairings were not immediately evident, the current format will feature a set bracket in each weight class, allowing fans and fighters to more easily follow the progress of the 12-week tournament.

“At Bellator, there’s never been a matchmaker sitting behind a desk in a shiny suit deciding who fights who for the title,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a release. “The origin of Bellator was to provide a seamless connection between real sports competition and mixed martial arts, and I believe we have taken that to the next level with a true tournament bracket format.”

The light heavyweight bracket includes the Bellator debuts of two high-profile signees: former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Muhammed Lawal, who takes on Przemyslaw Mysiala, and UFC veteran Renato Sobral, who locks horns with Russian submission specialist Mikhail Zayats. The Lawal-Mysiala conflict is scheduled to go down on Jan. 24 at Bellator 86.

Also competing in the tournament will be “Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 alumnus Seth Petruzelli, who squares off with Team Vortex export Jacob Noe. California native Emanuel Newton meets Bulgaria’s Atanas Djambazov to round out the field.

According to the bracket released by the promotion, the Sobral-Zayats winner will face the Petruzelli-Noe winner, while Lawal-Mysiala winner squares off with the Newton-Djambazov winner.

Bellator 85 takes place at the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., and features two championship bouts: a lightweight title clash between reigning champion Michael Chandler and Rick Hawn and a featherweight title duel pitting 145-pound ruler Pat Curran against Patricio Freire.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Legacy FC 48 to feature middleweight title fight, four-man kickboxing tourney

  • 26 days ago

Following this weekend’s lead from Bellator, Legacy FC will host a combo MMA-kickboxing card of its own.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

Phil Davis says he's 'kinda getting overwhelmed' before Bellator debut

  • 24 days ago

SAN JOSE -- Former UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis spoke to MMA Fighting at the Bellator Dynamite media day Thursday about fielding questions about the UFC, the departure of some Alliance MMA teamma read news >>

Phil Davis on fighting for Coker: 'I compare him to Bill Belichick'

  • 24 days ago

Phil Davis is gearing up for his Bellator debut. Ahead of his fight against Emanuel Newton in the first leg of the Dynamite 1-night LHW tournament, he spoke to Bloody Elbow about what this latest mov read news >>

King Mo Lawal Happy to Collect Two Paychecks in Bellator’s Throwback One-Night Tourney

  • 23 days ago

Muhammed Lawal faces Linton Vassell in the Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 light heavyweight tournament and is confident he'll win the whole thing. read news >>

Phil Davis on UFC split: 'There's no hurt feelings'

  • 23 days ago

Phil Davis talkes about his upcoming Bellator Debut, fighting in a one-night light heavyweight tournament, and his break from the UFC. read news >>

Watch Bellator 142: 'Dynamite 1' Prelims fights online | Live free stream video

  • 23 days ago

The "Prelims" bouts for Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" will stream live online today (Sat., Sept. 19, 2015) from inside SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., prior to the Spike TV main card broadcast. It is av read news >>

Video: Phil Davis submits Emanuel Newton at Bellator: Dynamite 1

  • 23 days ago

Phil Davis made quite a first impression in his Bellator debut. Davis submitted former Bellator champion Emanuel Newton in the first round to make the final against King Mo Lawal on Saturday night. C read news >>

Bellator 142 video highlights: Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton

  • 23 days ago

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Phil Davis’ highly anticipated Bellator debut was about as impressive as he could have hoped for. Check out highlights of his tournament semifinal win inside. Filed under: Bellator read news >>

Bellator: Dynamite 1 results and highlights - Thomson gets submission win in Bellator debut

  • 23 days ago

It was a successful debut for Josh Thomson inside the Bellator MMA cage against Mike Bronzoulis on tonight's Dynamite card. Two months ago, Josh Thomson ended his UFC career with a loss to Tony Fergu read news >>

Video: Josh Thomson submits Mike Bronzoulis in Bellator debut

  • 23 days ago

Josh Thomson got a finish in his Bellator debut Saturday night. Thomson submitted Mike Bronzoulis in the third round at Bellator: Dynamite I. Check it out below. read news >>