Bellator 86 Houses Welterweight Quarterfinals, Features Saunders, Lima, Zaromskis, Weedman


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Bellator Fighting Championships’ Season 8 welterweight tournament field is now set, as promotion officials announced Wednesday that Bellator 86 will host the tourney’s opening round.

Slated to take place Jan. 24 at Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., Bellator 86 will see Marius Zaromskis, Douglas Lima, Ben Saunders and Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes square off with Brent Weedman, Michail Tsarev, Koffi Adzitso and Raul Amaya, respectively.

The Spike-broadcast main card is topped by a welterweight title duel between champion Ben Askren and challenger Karl Amoussou, and will also feature a light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal pitting ex-Strikeforce ruler Muhammed Lawal against Przemyslaw Mysiala.

Six of the eight fighters in the welterweight bracket hold Bellator tournament experience, with only Gomes and Adzitso making their promotional debuts. Of the listed fighters, only Zaromskis -- the former Dream welterweight titleholder -- has held major championship gold. The Season 5 tournament winner, Lima unsuccessfully challenged Askren for the Bellator title last April, falling by unanimous decision to the potent wrestler at Bellator 64.

Saunders brings with him a pair of Bellator tournament appearances and more than two years of UFC experience heading into the Season 8 draw, which serves as Weedman’s second welterweight tournament effort after coming up just short in the Season 6 lightweight draw last spring.

Bellator’s upcoming eighth season marks the promotion’s first on Spike and hosts tournaments in five weight classes ranging from featherweight to light heavyweight. The season kicks off Jan. 17 with Bellator 85, which features lightweight champion Michael Chandler and featherweight titlist Pat Curran defending their respective belts against Rick Hawn and Patricio Freire.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 50 views

But insists the releases were done prior to the hiring of former Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. Bellator MMA, which fired Bjorn Rebney just last week, has also said goodbye to 19 fighters under contract for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, including former title challengers Eric Prindle (heavyweight) and Anthony Leone (bantamweight). Here is the complete list of releases (via MMA Fighting): Eric PrindleAnthony LeoneRodrigo LimaFrank BacaNick KirkTravis MarxHiroshi NakamuraSerge more

  • 29 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC veterans Ben Saunders and Matt Riddle are both set to face off for the vacant Titan FC welterweight belt. Check out what 'Killa B' had to say about the opportunity. As announced by Titan FC officials, Ben Saunders and Matt Riddle are set to clash for the vacant welterweight title on August 22. Although he technically won his last four fights with Zuffa, Riddle was released after testing positive for Marijuana, and has continued his streak by defeating fellow UFC veteran Michael Kuiper at Tit more

  • 13 days ago
  • 32 views

It’s a new era for Bellator, and Douglas Lima is anxious to enter the cage as the welterweight champion. The Brazilian striker, who won the vacant 170-pound title with a second-round victory over Rick Hawn in April, told MMAFighting.com he plans to return in action in October against the winner of Andrey Koreshkov vs. Adam McDonough tournament final, set to headline the Bellator 122 card on July 25. "My next opponent will be the winner of this fight, and I think it’s going to be a good fight," L more

  • 8 days ago
  • 49 views

Bellator 123 lands at the Mohegan Sun on Sept. 5, featuring Pat Curran, Patricio Pitbull Freire, King Mo Lawal, Cheick Kongo and Bobby Lashley. more

  • 4 hours ago
  • 3 views

Bellator MMA welterweight Adam McDonough has managed to keep his flawless record intact through 11 professional fights, but that could change when he meets Andrey Koreshkov on Friday.Filed under: Bellator, News more

  • 28 days ago
  • 27 views

It's been a little over a week since former Strikeforce founder Scott Coker replaced Bjorn Rebney as the president of operations for Bellator MMA. And while things remain quiet as Viacom plots out the future for what has already been referred to as "Bellator 2.0," Coker offered fight fans a sneak preview on Thursday, posting a letter on Bellator.com that can be seen in its entirety below. Dear Bellator Nation, I wanted to take a moment and tell you all how excited I am to be a part of the Bellat more

  • 28 days ago
  • 47 views

Since signing on with Bellator MMA, Scott Coker has remained relatively quiet. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 58 views

Until then, you can relive all the action here. Newport Beach, Calif. (June 25, 2014) - Spike TV will telecast an encore presentation of one of MMA's most memorable events of 2014, "BELLATOR MMA: RAMPAGE vs KING MO" on Friday, July 18 at 9:00pm ET/PT. For the first time on free television, fans that missed Bellator's first-ever pay-per-view event can witness the highly-anticipated grudge match between Rampage Jackson and King Mo plus epic upset victories for Will Brooks and Tito Ortiz. Fans can more

  • 29 days ago
  • 39 views

The end of the line has come for Eric Prindle and several other fighters, who are no longer on Bellator's roster. Bellator's house cleaning has extended beyond just ousting Bjorn Rebney and Tim Danaher. Earlier this week, the promotion confirmed the release of 19 fighters from its roster, most notably former heavyweight tournament winner Eric Prindle. The 38-year-old went on a run of just 1 win in his last 7 fights, and was stopped by James Thompson earlier this month. Prindle is best known, and more