Bellator 75 Update: Ron Sparks-Mark Godbeer Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal Set for Oct. 5
Bellator’s seventh-season heavyweight tournament field is now
nearly complete, as Ron Sparks
will meet Mark
on Oct. 5 at
Sherdog.com confirmed the booking Tuesday with a source close to
the fighters. Three of four heavyweight tournament quarterfinal
pairings are now known, as bouts pitting Eric
Prindle against Thiago
Santos and Brett
Rogers against Ruslan
Magomedov were previously announced. Bellator 75 takes place at
The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
Sparks, 37, suffered the first loss of his career in his most
recent outing, falling by knockout to Eric
Prindle in the Season 5 tournament semifinals last October.
Prior to that setback, “The Monster” had won eight consecutive
bouts, culminating with a first-round knockout of Mark Holata
in the fifth-season quarterfinals at Bellator 52.
Like his opponent, 28-year-old Godbeer (Pictured) has tasted defeat
just once as a professional, stumbling last November against
Taylor. The Brit rebounded from the loss on March 24 by
Zmarandescu at BAMMA 9. Godbeer has finished all eight of his
career victims by either knockout or submission and has yet to see
a third round in his three years as a pro.
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