We’re still a few months away from March Madness, but it’s almost tournament time for Bellator Fighting Championships. On Saturday, the mixed martial arts promotion released the brackets for their Season 8 Lightweight tourney.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan hosts the January 31st event.
On one side of the brackets, David Rickels battles Lloyd Woodard and Thiago Michel meets Alexander Sarnavskiy. On the other end of the pairings, Ricardo Tirloni faces Will Brooks and Guillaume DeLorenzi fights Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.
The victor of the eight-man tourney scores a massive $100,000 paycheck, literally and figuratively, as well as next dibs at the 155-pound throne, which is currently being occupied by Michael Chandler.
Spike.com will offer a live stream of the preliminary bouts, while Spike TV broadcasts the main cards.
No other fights have been announced for the lineup.