Bellator MMA has announced Showtime as the exclusive broadcast partner of live events in the USA, while ESPN Brasil and BBC in Europe making it a truly global event that will trend in sports entertainment. A premium channel in Showtime is now featuring premium MMA fighters with Bellator MMA for the first time since 2010 when Strikeforce MMA was broadcasted on the network.
Competing in the eight man light heavyweight Grand Prix in the opening rounds are
Corey Anderson Vs Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
Ryan Bader Vs Lyoto Machida
Anthony Johnson Vs Yoel Romero
Vadim Nemkov Vs Phil Davis
The tournament will kick of April 9th with Anderson and Yagshimuradov and Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida. The other quarter finals will take place April 16th with the semifinals tentatively scheduled for July and the final for October. With Jon Jones moving up to Lightheavyweight and the UFC allowing Middleweight Israel Adesanya to jump up a weight category to fight for the LHW championship belt, many people feel the winner of this tournament will be the best light heavyweight in all of MMA.