Boasting a field averaging more than a 4:1 win/loss ratio, Bellator FC is ready to fire up another heavyweight tournament starting this fall in order to determine a top contender to still-unbeaten champion Cole Konard’s title.
According to a press release, the eight hopefully heavies will face off in quarterfinal action at Bellator 52 on October 1 when the promotion visits Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“We’ve consistently seen dramatic, explosive performances from our heavyweights and that’s exactly what I expect in our Season 5 Heavyweight tournament,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “(All the guys we have) look to knock you out from the moment the first bell rings, so don’t blink when this tournament starts…”
Season 3 finalist Neil Grove, one of the members of the upcoming competition, agreed with his boss, saying, “This tournament is stacked with strikers this year, which will provide a stronger line-up and even more exciting fights than last year. I’m sure Cole is just as busy as the rest of us, preparing for battle against one of us, and I’m just excited to compete for another shot at the title, especially for a promotion such as Bellator.”
Grove will face Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Mike “300” Hayes in the opening round of action with other announced match-ups including 8-1 Brazilian Thiago Santos vs. Sambo specialist Blagoi Ivanov, undefeated Ron Sparks vs. winner of eight-straight Mark Holota, and hard-hitting Eric Prindle vs. TUF alumnus Abe Wagner.
Bellator 52 will be shown live on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.
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