– The bracket for the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN has been set.
Streaming exclusively on DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service, the first round includes a highly anticipated grudge match, a trilogy matchup between former champs looking to reclaim the title, a battle of undefeated elite prospects and a championship on the line. Click here
to view the full Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN bracket unveiling on YouTube.
It all begins with Bellator 206
on September 29 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., as former champions Douglas "The Phenom" Lima
(29-7) and Andrey "Spartan" Koreshkov
(21-2) square off in an exciting trilogy bout. With the series tied at one win apiece, fans can expect fireworks in this long-awaited rubber match between two of the absolute best welterweights in the world. Coinciding with DAZN's September U.S. launch, this event will stream live and exclusively on DAZN beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
The remaining first-round matchups feature six more of the world's best 170-pounders, including an explosive all-British grudge match between MMA veteran Paul "Semtex" Daley
(40-16-2) and the flashy undefeated Michael "Venom" Page
(13-0), more commonly known to fans as "MVP." Additionally, former three-time NCAA Division 1 National Champion wrestler from Penn State "EZ" Ed Ruth
(6-0) will test his skills against undefeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Neiman Gracie
(8-0), while the fourth and final first round bout of the Grand Prix will feature current Bellator welterweight champion Rory "Red King" MacDonald
(20-4) defending his title against former Purdue wrestler and perennial contender Jon Fitch
(31-7-1, 1 NC).
In addition, a bout pitting Lorenz "The Monsoon" Larkin
(19-7, 1 NC) against unbeaten Yaroslav "Dynamo" Amosov
(20-0) will serve as a tournament alternate contest, with the victor available to fill in due to any unforeseen circumstances where a prior winner is unable to compete. Dates and locations for the remaining first round bouts, semi-finals and final will be determined at a later date.
All Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN contests will consist of five rounds. Beginning with MacDonald versus Fitch, each time an athlete enters a tournament bout as champion, the Bellator welterweight title will be on the line, culminating in the Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN winner becoming the undisputed Bellator welterweight champion.
Earlier this year, Bellator and DAZN announced a multi-year landmark distribution agreement. DAZN, the world's largest dedicated live sports streaming service and part of Perform Group, will feature seven exclusive stacked fight cards per year on DAZN and another 15 that are simulcast across Paramount Network and DAZN. DAZN, which now streams 15,000 live events and 100 million hours of sports content globally each year, will be available in the U.S. this September for $9.99 a month, with the first month free for new subscribers. Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix on DAZN First-Round Matchups:Bellator 206 at SAP Center – Sept. 29: Douglas Lima
(29-7) vs. Andrey Koreshkov
(21-2)TBA: Paul Daley
(40-16-2) vs. Michael Page
(13-0) TBA: Neiman Gracie
(8-0) vs. Ed Ruth
(6-0) TBA: Rory MacDonald
(20-4) vs. Jon Fitch
(31-7-1, 1 NC) Alternate Bout - TBA: Lorenz Larkin
(19-7, 1 NC) vs. Yaroslav Amosov
(20-0) About Bellator:
Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 1 billion people worldwide in over 160 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Paramount Network the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms. About DAZN:
DAZN is the new must-have service for fight fans in the U.S., with 70+ fight nights a year from Matchroom Boxing, Bellator MMA and World Boxing Super Series. Globally, DAZN is a live and on-demand sports streaming service that is leading the charge to give sports fans around the world access to sports anytime, anywhere. Using cutting-edge technology from Perform Group, DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, no bundles, just one affordable price for access to all of the service's sports on connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. DAZN has been created by fans, for fans, to show there is a better and fairer way to watch sports. DAZN is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and Italy and will go live in the U.S. on Sept. 10 at just $9.99 a month.