Bellator Fighting Championships’ Season 8 featherweight
tournament will begin on Feb. 7 at
Bellator 88, promotion officials announced on Monday.
Bellator also confirmed that a previously reported middleweight
title showdown between Alexander
Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves will go down at the event, which
takes place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.. The
evening’s main draw airs live on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET, while the
preliminary card streams on Spike.com beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Four 145-pound tournament matchups highlight the card, as Marlon
Sando squares off with Akop
Richman locks horns with Mitch
Bezerra battles Genair da
Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva meets Magomedrasul
Khasbulaev. The winner of the bracket earns $100,000 and a shot
at the featherweight belt.
“There is nothing in this world I want more than the Bellator
featherweight title, and this is my road,” Sandro said in a
release. “I love Bellator with all my heart and I know my
opportunity is now.”
Anchored at the renowned Nova Uniao camp in Brazil, Sandro has
compiled a 6-2 mark in eight appearances under the Bellator banner,
most recently choking out Dustin
Neace at Bellator 81 in November. Stepanyan suffered his first
loss since 2009 in his promotional debut, as the Rusfighters Sport
Club tapped to an armbar from Wagnney
Fabiano at Bellator 76.
Richman began his Bellator tenure with a bang in 2012, scoring
first round-knockouts of Chris
Horodecki and Jeremy
Spoon before falling to Shahbulat
Shamhalaev in the Season 7 featherweight tourney semifinals.
Jackson enters his Bellator debut riding a seven-fight winning
streak, with all of those triumphs coming by way of submission.
Bezerra is 6-1 with the promotion, with his only defeat coming at
the hands of Sandro via split decision at Bellator 64. All but one
of “Popo’s” 14 career victories have come by knockout or
submission. Meanwhile, da Silva has won his last three fights,
including Bellator triumphs over Bryan
Goldsby and Bobby
Better known as Fabricio Guerreiro, Costa da Silva has won 17 of
his 18 professional bouts heading into his Bellator debut, with 12
of those wins coming via tapout. Khasbulaev competed twice for the
Chicago-based promotion in 2012, defeating Nayeb Hezam
at Bellator 76 and Josh
Pulsifer at Bellator 79.