Bellator's seventh-season heavyweight tournament will begin on Oct. 5, promotion officials announced Friday, as Eric Prindle rematches Thiago Santos in the Bellator 75 headliner.

Former Strikeforce talent Brett Rogers also joins the tournament field, as “Da Grim” takes on once-beaten Russian Ruslan Magomedov from The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The event is expected to air live on MTV2, delayed on the west coast. The remaining two heavyweight quarterfinals were not revealed, but Bellator officials did announce that former WEC bantamweight titlist Chase Beebe will compete on the show's undercard.

Prindle and Santos met previously in the Season 5 heavyweight tournament final, but that contest was ended prematurely last November when Santos kicked Prindle in the groin. As the blow was ruled accidental, the fight was called a no-contest and rescheduled for Bellator 61 in March.

The fight was then postponed by a week after Prindle came down with flu-like symptoms. Bellator 62 would prove no luckier, however, as Santos failed to make weight and Prindle was awarded the Season 5 crown by default. Prindle would then fail in his attempt to capture the Bellator heavyweight title, submitting to Cole Konrad in 60 seconds on May 25. “Big Monster” has not competed since his November meeting with Prindle.

Rogers, 31, made a successful Bellator debut on June 22, earning a second-round doctor's stoppage over Kevin Asplund at Bellator 71. The victory marked Rogers' first win since October 2010 and followed losses to ex-UFC champion Josh Barnett and six-time Octagon competitor Eddie Sanchez.

Magomedov rides a three-fight winning streak heading into his showdown with Rogers. The heavyweight has already earned a pair of wins in 2012, outpointing onetime UFC titlist Ricco Rodriguez on March 23 before using a guillotine choke to submit previously unbeaten Ukrainian talent Igor Zadernovsky two weeks later in Moscow.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

MMAjunkie Radio (1 p.m. ET): Daniel Cormier and Daniel Straus

  • 25 days ago

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Daniel Cormier and Daniel Straus.Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC read news >>

Cosmo Alexandre signs exclusive deal with WSOF

  • 23 days ago

Kickboxing star and Bellator veteran Cosmo Alexandre has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with WSOF, officials recently announced.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>

'King Mo' Lawal represents Bellator in 8-man tourney at New Year's Eve Rizin card in Japan

  • 21 days ago

ST. LOUIS – “King Mo” is headed back to Japan for New Year’s Eve in support of headliner Fedor Emelianenko at Rizin Fighting Federation’s first card.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie 3 Announced for Bellator Event in February

  • 21 days ago

Bellator is once again reaching into the history books to find its big main events, and it went deep for this one. During the Bellator 145 broadcast, Scott Coker appeared on stage to announce that it read news >>

Kimbo Slice to Return to Bellator MMA Opposite Dada 5000 in February Event

  • 21 days ago

During the Bellator 145 broadcast, Bellator President Scott Coker announced their next big tentpole event, and they have a wild pair of headlining fights set. In the main event, UFC and MMA legends K read news >>

UFC Monterrey Fighter Bonuses: Andre Fili’s Quick KO Scores $50,000

  • 6 days ago

UFC officials announced the winners of the UFC Fight Night 78 fight card during the event's post-fight press conference in Mexico on Saturday. read news >>

Video: Part 1 of 'Road To Bellator 145: With A Vengeance,' featuring 'Pitbull,' Straus

  • 27 days ago

Did you miss the debut of Part 1 of “Road To Bellator 145: With A Vengeance,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the full first episode. Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Michael Chandler Will Do Whatever it Takes to Get Belt Back

  • 27 days ago

Former Bellator champ Michael Chandler has finally turned things around, and he doesn't plan on stopping before he gets the belt back. read news >>

Marcin Held scoffs at Will Brooks' 'one-dimensional' label ahead of Bellator title fight

  • 27 days ago

Marcin Held has no interest in engaging in a war of words with Will Brooks ahead of their Bellator lightweight championship showdown at Bellator 145 on Nov. 6. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 146 gets Houston Alexander vs. Guilherme Viana and five more prelims

  • 27 days ago

The lineup for Bellator 146 is complete with the addition of one main card bout and five preliminary contests.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>