Bellator Announces Welterweight Tourney

Bellator MMA has announced a second Grand Prix tournament, this time for its welterweight division, which will begin on the Sept. 29 card at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

Bellator Welterweight Champion Rory MacDonald will be competing as part of the tournament, though not on Sept. 29. That night, MacDonald fights in the main event, challenging fellow UFC alum Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator Middleweight Championship.

As reported by the LA Times, the purpose of the tournament is to show off the depth Bellator has in its welterweight division. Bellator Chief Executive Scott Coker feels his 170-pound division is much better than the UFC’s considering star power and depth. The UFC’s division is headed by champion Tyron Woodley, still recovering from injuries, and villainous interim champion Colby Covington.

First-round bouts for the welterweight Grand Prix that are being considered include a trilogy bout between former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov, and a long-anticipated showdown between British rivals Michael “Venom” Page and Paul Daley.

The Sept. 29 card will also be headlined by a heavyweight clash between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.

Original Story: Los Angeles Times

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