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Bellator Setting Up A Welterweight Grand-Prix

Bellator MMA have come through with another fresh approach to their divisional championship layout, creating a grand-prix of their very best welterweights.

Bellator have signed a streaming deal with DAZN, meaning that the days of dealing with their frustrating tape-delays will be through come September. The move is a huge one for their ongoing push into the mainstream eye and by the looks of things, they are looking to close out the year in the big way.

Yesterday, it emerged that they are planning on setting up welterweight grand-prix this year, with a shot at the champ Rory MacDonald on offer to the victor.

MacDonald will step up in weight to face the middleweight kingpin Gegard Mousasi for September 29 and if the recent developments are true, that card will also stand as the start of the promotion’s latest grand-prix.

According to the reports turned in by Lance Pugmire of The LA Times, the eight-man tournament will include former-champion Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov as well as British duo Paul Daley and Michael ‘Venom’ Page.

As for who will occupy the other four spots, it really is anyone’s guess. Experienced veterans like Lorenz Larkin, Benson Henderson, Jon Fitch, or even Michael Chandler could make an appearance. With prospects such Joey Davis and Ed Ruth, perhaps the promotion will opt to slow their progress but given the fact that 170lbs is among their deepest divisions, I think it’s fair to say that Scott Coker has absolutely nailed it with this one.

Their heavyweight grand-prix has been something of a success so far but with potential here for some really high-level pairings, look to the reported day of September 29 to see it all get underway.

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