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