The start of another week began with a variety of news items being released to the MMA public. These news bites come affect the future events for a number of MMA promotions.
Bellator Announces Light Heavyweight Tournament
Fresh off of last week’s announcement of the partnership with MTV2; Bellator has released information about its upcoming light heavyweight tournament. Set to be the fourth “season” of Bellator action, this tournament will feature a number of contenders fighting to become the Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.
Six of the eight participants have been confirmed, however many have yet to be announced to the public. One major name that has been revealed as a competitor for the tournament is Daniel Gracie, one of the family’s most recent MMA participants. The first round matchups have not been announced at this moment as well.
Bellator uses 12-week tournament formats to determine number one contenders and to fill vacant championships. This will be the organizations first showing on the MTV2 network. The light heavyweight tournament is set to begin in January.
Sengoku “Soul of Fight” Card Complete
The final touches to the Sengoku Raiden Championships “Soul of Fight” event have been announced. The end of the year event is set to feature 28 matchups under various combat rules. The card will feature veterans of many different fight promotions such as Pride, UFC and Bellator.
One championship will be defended during the evening as Marlon Sandro will defend his Featherweight Title against Hatsu Hioki. Along with this matchup two SRC tournament champions will be decided as Yasubey Enomoto will face Keita Nakamura in the Welterweight GP series finals. The SRC Asia Tournament semifinals will also be held during the card as Manabu Inoue will face Shunichi Shimizu and Akitoshi Tamura fights Taiyo Nakahara.
Fifteen of the night’s matchups will be contested under unified MMA rules. Other rule sets that will be used include Sengoku Kickboxing, Muay Thai and SRC “Jacket” Rules.
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