On Wednesday, Bellator Fighting Champions announced the eight contestants that will compete in their upcoming Heavyweight Tournament. “Bellator 52” will take place October 1st inside the L’Auberge Du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Neil Grove (Pictured), Mike Hayes, Eric Prindle, Abe Wagner, Thiago Santos, Blagoi Ivanov, Ron Sparks and Mark Holata will fight for a shot at Cole Konrad’s 265-pound Bellator crown.
“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 Chairman Bjorn Rebney. “Neil, Ron, Eric, Mark, Big Monster all look to knock you out from the moment the first bell rings, so don’t blink when this tournament starts.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased on Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.
MTV2 will broadcast the card’s main bouts starting at 9PM ET/PT. EPIX will also provide a high-definition simulcast during the same time slot.
Here are the athletes that will compete in the tourney:
Eric Prindle vs. Abe Wagner
Thiago Santos vs. Blagoi Ivanov
Neil Grove vs. Mike Hayes
Ron Sparks vs. Mark Holata