Hot on the heels of the announcement of Bellator’s featherweight tournament fixtures, the promotion has now released the welterweight match-ups as well.

The 170lb first round matches begin on the 15th of April with wrestling stand-out Ben Askren taking on Ryan Thomas who had a spell in the UFC in 2008, but was released after going 0-2 against Ben Saunders and Matt Brown.

The first round will then continue on the following week with a further three bouts. The one that particularly catches my eye features 21 year old undefeated prospect Jacob McClintock taking on the experienced UK fighter Jim Wallhead who is also on a six fight win streak.

The eventual winner of the tournament will go on to fight Bellator’s current welterweight champion, Lyman Good.

See the full list of first round fixtures below…

April 15th

  • Ben Askren (3-0) vs. Ryan Thomas (10-3)

April 22nd

  • Dan Hornbuckle (19-2) vs. Sean Pierson (9-4)
  • Jacob McClintock (6-0) vs. “Judo” Jim Wallhead (18-5)
  • Steve Carl (12-1) vs. Brett Cooper (12-5)