Laying all the things out forward of the following Bellator event, the Bellator Gentle Heavyweight Grand Prix, which kicks off at Bellator 256
We’re simply mere days away from Bellator MMA kicking off the fourth Grand Prix event because the promotion started the yearly division tournaments in 2018. This time round, it’s the sunshine heavyweight division within the highlight, that includes plenty of famous names and stars, a few whom have been simply signed to the promotion.
All of it begins at Bellator 256 on April 9, when former Bellator gentle heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (who’s nonetheless at present the Bellator heavyweight champion) takes on former UFC gentle heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. This can mark Bader’s first struggle since shedding the Bellator 205-pound title to Vadim Nemkov in August.
Nemkov will defend the championship in his opening spherical bout the following week on April 16 at Bellator 257, taking over Phil Davis. Davis has received three straight and 5 of six, most lately defeating Machida in a call on the finish of final yr.
Data on how the Bellator Gentle Heavyweight Grand Prix is about up
Bellator 257 may also function one other opening spherical bout within the co-main occasion, as Corey Anderson, who TKO’d Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 251 in November in his promotional debut, will tackle Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, who will probably be making his Bellator debut. Yagshimuradov, a former ACA gentle heavyweight champion, will enter on an eight-fight win streak.
The opening spherical of the Bellator Gentle Heavyweight Grand Prix will shut out in a giant method at Bellator 258 on Might 7, when Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Yoel Romero each make their Bellator debuts in an opening-round bout. This can mark Johnson’s first MMA struggle since retiring from the UFC after a title loss to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in April 2017. In the meantime, this will probably be Romero’s first struggle since falling quick in a UFC middleweight title struggle with Israel Adesanya at UFC 248.
There aren’t any dates but for the semifinals and ultimate rounds. If the bracket is correct, the Bader-Machida winner will meet the Anderson-Yagshimuradov winner in a single semifinal. In the meantime, the opposite semifinal will function the Nemkov-Davis winner defending the Bellator title in opposition to the winner of Johnson-Romero.
Bellator 256 takes place on Friday, April 9, 2021, reside from the Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, CT. Comply with together with FanSided for all of your reside information and highlights.