Imada (left) meets Ferrid Kheder on March 12 | Dave
All eight competitors in Bellator’s fourth-season lightweight
bracket will see action on March 12, as the promotion will kick off
its latest 155-pound tournament at
Bellator Fighting Championships 36.
While the location and venue for the event are not yet known, two
quarterfinals have been definitively scheduled for the date.
Two-time tournament runner-up Toby Imada will
take on Olympic judoka Ferrid
Kheder, while collegiate wrestling convert Michael
Chandler will go up against 19-year-old Marcin Held.
MMAJunkie.com first reported news of the bouts, and Sherdog.com has
confirmed their validity with sources close to the fighters.
The two additional quarterfinal matchups are not yet known, but
some combination of the remaining four participants will clash on
that night as well. Carey
Freire and former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight
McCullough are all scheduled to compete.
One week earlier, Bellator will begin its fourth season by holding
all four welterweight quarterfinals at
Bellator Fighting Championships 35 on March 5 at the Tachi
Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Announcements regarding
the dates and locations of future events, which will showcase
Bellator’s featherweight and inaugural light heavyweight
tournaments, are expected in the coming weeks.
As with all of Bellator’s tournaments, the winner of the
lightweight draw will be awarded $100,000 in total pay and a shot
at the division’s current champion, 155-pound titleholder Eddie