The tournament will feature, among others current welterweight champion, Rory MacDonald. The Bellator organization bets on tournaments in individual weight categories, and just like the heavyweight tournament that is currently under way, the tournament in the welter category will also be held. Today, the organization presented 9 out of 10 fighters who will participate in it. Below is a list of nine fighters who will fight for the victory in this tournament. The last participant of the tournament will be selected from four fighters whose names have not yet been announced.
Rory MacDonald (20-4), Douglas Lima (29-7), Andrey Koreshkov (21-2), Michael Page (13-0), Lorenz Larkin (19-7, 1NC), Ed Ruth (6-0), Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1NC), Neiman Gracie (8-0), Yaroslav Amosov (20-0).
The first duel of the tournament will be Douglas Lima's third (29-7) clash with Andrey Koreshkov (21-2). The fight will take place during the Bellator 206 event in San Jose, California.
Daniel Cormier intends to end his career after fighting UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
After knocking out Stipe Miocic at the UFC 226 and winning the title of heavyweight champion, in front of Daniel Cormier, many doors opened to several very interesting fights. One of them will be a fight with Brock Lesnar, but after this fight that Cormier plans to end his career. "DC" made it clear, that he would only compete until March next year before he retired. This does not mean, however, that the fight against Lesnar will be the only battle he will fight. "DC" is also considering a fight to defend the title of light heavyweight before he will face Brock Lesnar. Several other fighters are demanding a fight for a light heavyweight belt with Daniel Cormier. The first candidate who talks a lot and loud about this fight is Alexander Gustafsson, who even demands a duel for the belt. The next competitors are Yoel Romero, and Ilir Latifi, and even Anthony Smith, who expressed their interest in the fight against Cormier. In turn, DC pointed his candidate for a potential fight for the belt and is the former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. "Shogun" will meet with Smith on July 22 at Countdown for UFC Hamburg - SUN. JUL. 22, 2018 - UFC Fight Night: Volkan vs. Shogun.
The trilogy with the biggest rival of Daniel Cormier, a duel with former champion Jon Jones, is still a big unknown. Much is said about this fight, which is treated as a fight that must take place. The only question is, will there be enough time for all these fights?
Junior Dos Santos wants another fight with Stipe Miocic.
It looks like the Brazilian has already identified a specific name on his wish list. Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (19-5) after winning with Blagoy Ivanov (16-2, 1NC) stated that he is keeping an eye on his former rival, Stipe Miocic (18-3). "I do not know what the fight would look like, but this rematch would be welcome." Both men have met twice in the UFC Octagon. In the first fight, the top was Dos Santos, who won by unanimous decision in 2014. In the second confrontation, Miocic turned back knocking him off in round one during UFC 211. Stipe Miocic lost his championship belt last week, losing to Daniel Cormier during UFC 226. Before the defeat of Cormier he was the most effective holder of the UFC championship in the heavy weight category, defending him three times. Junior Dos Santos has not been a champion since defeats with Cain Velasquez in 2012. Junior Dos Santos made a very important victory against Blagoy Ivanov, who is the former WSOF champion. Despite a long break with the Octagon, he was able to win each of the five rounds and was again in the lead of the heavy category.