Bellator has finalized the eight fighters competing within the Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix. The individuals had been introduced on Wednesday with light-weight champion Usman Nurmagomedov and former featherweight champion AJ McKee among the many standouts. Bellator president Scott Coker made the information official on “The MMA Hour.”
Nurmagomedov, McKee, Patricky Pitbull, Benson Henderson, Tofiq Musayev, Alexander Shabliy, Mansour Barnaoui and Sidney Outlaw are the eight males chosen to compete at 155 kilos for $1 million and the light-weight title. The Grand Prix begins in San Jose, California on March 10 with two opening-round matchups. On that card, light-weight champion Nurmagomedov will defend his title towards former UFC champion Henderson. Also that evening, Musayev will conflict with Shalbily, the promotion introduced.
Then in May, Outlaw will tackle Barnaoui when the promotion returns to Paris, France. That means the ultimate matchup of the primary spherical will probably be McKee vs. Pitbull at a date nonetheless to be decided.
The Lightweight World Grand Prix is an amalgamation of a lot of the division’s greatest fighters. The reigning champion and the highest 5 ranked lightweights are all concerned. McKee (No. 8) made a profitable light-weight debut in October, defeating Spike Carlyle. The most attention-grabbing inclusion is Barnaoui, who tapped out Adam Piccolotti in his Bellator debut however is presently unranked.
Generally, all Grand Prix fights are contested as five-round contests with the reigning champion defending their title every spherical.
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