Though not officially announced, it looks like the first match-up from the Bellator Season 6 welterweight tournament is in place with one of the involved participants confirming such to be true through Twitter.
According to War Machine (i.e. the artist formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver), he has been paired against French finisher Karl Amoussou for a bout on March 30. Presumably the three other quarterfinal fights will take place on the same night too. No location was mentioned.
“F*** ya it’s on,” Machine exclaimed in trademark fashion while revealing his opponent and the date. “Gonna send him back to France in pieces!”
Amoussou holds a 13-4-2 record with eleven finishes including a first frame knockout of Jesus Martinez at Bellator 59. Though a ferocious striker, seven of the 26-year old’s wins have come via submission despite not having avoided the judges’ scorecards since 2009.
Comparably, Machine is coming off a TKO of Roger Huerta in November after spending a solid block of time behind bars for an assault case. He is 12-4 in his career with the entire lot of wins involving some form of stoppage.
The other six participants in the Season 6 tourney include Carlos Pereira, Brian Foster, Bryan Baker, David Rickels, Raul Amaya, and Ben Saunders. The last man standing will earn a $100,000 payday as well as an opportunity to face the divisional champion, currently undefeated Olympic wrestler Ben Askren.
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