Bellator’s Season 8 middleweight tournament will begin on Feb.
14, as promotion officials announced Thursday that the 185-pound
quarterfinals will be contested at
The quartet of bouts joins a previously reported bantamweight title
headliner between reigning champion Eduardo
Dantas and challenger Marcos
Galvao. The evening’s main draw airs live on Spike TV, and the
show takes place at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C.
Spang and Mikkel
Parlo will all compete in the Season 8 middleweight draw,
taking on Dan Cramer,
Marshall and Sultan
Aliev, respectively. The winner of the tournament receives a
$100,000 payday and a guaranteed title shot.
Previously known for his mane of dreadlocks, Rogers has gone 2-2 in
his last four fights. “The Professional Predator” has never
advanced past a tournament semifinal, coming up short in the round
of four in Seasons 5 and 6. Cramer, meanwhile is a two-time UFC
veteran making his first tournament appearance in Bellator. “Cosmo”
has won five of his last six bouts and last competed on Nov. 16,
earning a first-round knockout over Joseph
Lamoureux at Bellator 81.
Cooper, 25, rides a four-fight winning streak into first tournament
appearance at 185 pounds, most recently taking a unanimous decision
from onetime Strikeforce talent Darryl Cobb
at Bellator 80. In Paraisy, he faces a 26-year-old Frenchman who
saw a 5-0-1 stretch spoiled by
Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves in the Season 6 quarterfinals
this past March.
Spang also competed in the Season 6 draw and ultimately fell to
Falcao, relinquishing a unanimous decision to “Big Rig” in the
tournament finals after knocking out Rogers in the semis. A former
WEC light heavyweight champion, Marshall has fought with mixed
results at 185 pounds but earned a scintillating victory in his
most recent outing, knocking out Kala Hose in
just 22 seconds in his Nov. 30 Bellator debut.
Hailing from Denmark, Parlo has earned nine straight wins to start
his pro career. The 22-year-old last competed on Oct. 26, making
his Bellator foray with a first-round knockout of Jared Combs
at Bellator 78. Likewise, Aliev has yet to taste defeat in eight
career outings. The 28-year-old Russian competed four times last
year, earning a first-round technical knockout over Lithuanian
Vilius to close out 2012.