Bellator’s seventh-season heavyweight tournament field has undergone a serious makeover.

Three new tournament pairings are now set for Bellator 75, as Brett Rogers meets Alexander Volkov, Richard Hale faces Mike Wessel and Mark Holata squares off with Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz.

Sherdog.com confirmed the bookings Thursday with sources close to the bouts. The Oct. 5 show takes place at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., and features a heavyweight quarterfinal rubber match between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos in the evening’s headliner.

Rogers was initially expected to face Ruslan Magomedov at the event, but visa issues forced the promotion to cancel the Russian’s debut. Likewise, Sherdog.com previously confirmed a quarterfinal pairing between Mark Godbeer and Ron Sparks last month, but that bout was scrapped due to injury. Currently, the future of Bellator's heavyweight division appears uncertain, as champion Cole Konrad unexpectedly retired this week, leaving the title vacant.

Rogers, 31, returned to the win column in his June 22 Bellator debut against Kevin Asplund. Prior to that triumph, “Da Grim” had posted just one win in his last six bouts and was released from his Strikeforce contract last summer following an arrest for alleged domestic assault. Volkov has won seven straight fights. The 23-year-old M-1 Global veteran last competed on May 26, knocking out Serbian Stefan Stankovic in the first round.

A Season 4 light heavyweight tournament veteran, Hale now joins Bellator's heavyweight ranks. “Rare Breed” fought his way to the finals of the Season 4 draw last year before ultimately falling by technical knockout to Christian M'Pumbu in the third frame at Bellator 45. Since that loss, the 27-year-old has picked up two wins in the Bellator cage, stopping Carlos Flores last year and then doing the same to Josh Burns on May 18. A onetime UFC competitor, Wessel made his lone Bellator appearance thus far on Aug. 24, taking a split verdict from ProElite vet Ryan Martinez at Bellator 73.

Holata has lost just once in his last 10 fights, falling by knockout to Ron Sparks in the Season 5 tournament quarterfinals. The 30-year-old rebounded from that defeat to tap Abe Wagner in his most recent bout, submitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 contestant with an Achilles lock. Quieroz has not fought since October 2010, when he was submitted by Brit Rob Broughton at UFC 120 and then allegedly tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol before receiving his promotional release.

The evening’s undercard streams live on Spike.com immediately prior to the main draw broadcast on MTV2 and features five bouts in total: David Harris vs. Chase Beebe, Brandon Delprado vs. Joe Williams, Jason Graves vs. Rafal Skibinski, Jose Medina vs. Anthony Gomez and Cliff Wright vs. Bobby Reardanz.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara set for Bellator 152 in Italy

  • 27 days ago
  • 13 views

Bellator’s debut event in Italy has its first fight, and it features some familiar names.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Fans invited to next month's Bellator Fan Fest with Angle, Ortiz, Couture, more

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Bellator heads to Houston for next month’s “tentpole event.” Beforehand, fans can get up close and personal with some MMA legends.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Vinicius Queiroz in for injured Augusto Sakai against Cheick Kongo at Bellator 150

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Cheick Kongo has a new heavyweight opponent at Bellator 150 as Augusto Sakai after an injury forced him from the card.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Several Fighters Revealed for Bellator and Oktagon Co-Promotion in Italy

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

New details were revealed this afternoon regarding the co-promotion between Bellator MMA and Oktagon Kickboxing. The partnership is set to take place on April 16 in Italy. read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2124 with Michael Chandler, Rob Font

  • 22 days ago
  • 0 views

Stream or download Tuesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Michael Chandler and Rob Font.Filed under: Bellator, MMAjunkie Radio, News, Radio, UFC read news >>

Ilima-Lei MacFarlane on life after KOing the soccer mom

  • 21 days ago
  • 16 views

Bellator women’s flyweight Ilima-Lei MacFarlane knew she would be answering questions about her first professional MMA bout for a while.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Teammate: Josh Koscheck will fight again despite Bellator debut injury withdrawal

  • 21 days ago
  • 6 views

Josh Koscheck’s withdrawal from his Bellator debut due to injury could have been a significant setback for the veteran fighter. Fortunately, though, it won’t spell the end of the road for the 38-year read news >>

Michael Chandler negotiating new Bellator deal, wants Benson Henderson or Josh Thomson

  • 21 days ago
  • 39 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler thinks he’s got a pretty powerful piece of leverage in negotiating a new deal with his promoter.Filed under: Bellator, Featured Videos, News, Rad read news >>

Eddie Alvarez Was Shocked by Split Decision in Anthony Pettis Fight

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez defeated former UFC 155-pound UFC titleholder Anthony Pettis over the weekend in the UFC Fight Night 81 co-main event. read news >>

The Beaten Path: Top 25 MMA Prospects for 2016, Part 2

  • 20 days ago
  • 8 views

The constant, relentless grind of the UFC and Bellator eats up dozens of new fighters every year. One hundred three new contestants debuted in the UFC in 2015, less than half of the 230 who made thei read news >>