Bellator’s heavyweight tournament is ready to roll.
The quarterfinal matchups for the eight-man tourney have been set. Matt Mitrione takes on Roy Nelson, Bellator light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader meets Muhammed Lawal, and Quinton Jackson fights Chael Sonnen. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani learned the news on Wednesday night.
These heavyweight bookings join another tournament fight between legends Frank Mir and Fedor Emelianenko which was reported earlier this month.
Jackson vs. Sonnen will kick things off for the tournament that’s set to crown a heavyweight champion for the promotion, as the former UFC fighters have been scheduled to fight on Jan. 20 at Bellator 192. The event, which is set to go down at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., will be headlined by a welterweight title fight involving Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald.
No dates for the other three quarterfinal matchups have been announced, but the tournament is expected to develop over the course of 2018.