Bellator have announced the match-ups for the welterweight Grand Prix with Paul Daley vs. Michael Page being one of the most hotly anticipated of the first round. The winner of that fight will meet the winner between former champions Andrey Koreshkov and Douglas Lima.
On the other side of the bracket, both with unbeaten records Neiman Gracie takes on Ed Ruth. Rory MacDonald, the current Bellator champion will be up against Jon Fitch, with Yaroslav Amasov and Lorenz Larkin vying in an alternate bout where the winner will be on standby to go into the eight-man bracket should that be required.
Full welterweight bracket line-up and fight stats:
- Douglas Lima [29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA] vs. Andrey Korreshkov [20-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA] Tie to take place on September 29 at Bellator 206.
- Paul Daley [40-16-2] MMA, 6-3 BMMA] vs. Michael Page [13-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA].
- Neiman Gracie [8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA] vs. Ed Ruth [6-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA]
- Rory MacDonald [20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA] vs. Jon Fitch [31-7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA]
Title on the line
Each tournament bout will be five rounds and MacDonald’s title will be on the line each time the fight winner moves to the next stage of the tournament. MMA fans will be looking forward to watching this, with four of the top nine ranked fighters taking part in this exciting tournament. The action will be available for live stream on DAZN.