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Bellator Season 4 News Round-Up: Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran & Ben Askren vs. Nick Thompson Booked

Bellator is gearing up to kick off their fourth season in March on MTV2. If you follow our Twitter feed (Fight Announcement, News and Notes section on this site), you may have seen that Bellator has been announcing their season four tournament participants for the past month or so. I’ve collected them all below for you, but before I get to that there’s a couple notable fights and signings that were unveiled this week you should know about.

First off, Bellator’s biggest star Eddie Alvarez will put his title up for grabs against season three lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran on April 2 at Bellator 39. No venue has been set yet for the card.

In another April showdown, Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren meets MMA veteran Nick Thompson in a non-title fight at Bellator 40.

Bellator also announced this week that featherweight Ronnie Mann has signed with the promotion following his release from Sengoku. Mann will fight in a season four non-tournament bout and participate in season five’s featherweight tournament.

Bellator kicks off their fourth season with Bellator 35 on March 5 with the opening round of the welterweight tournament which features notables Jay Hieron, Lyman Good, Dan Hornbuckle and Rick Hawn. Women’s champ Zoila Frausto will also compete on the card in a non-title fight against Karina Hallinan.

All Bellator events will air live on MTV2 on Saturday nights. Bellator says they will start their events early on weekends that conflict with UFC and Strikeforce events.

Here’s a list of current fight cards and tournament participants.

Bellator 35: March 5, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Lemoore, California

  • WW Tournament Quarterfinal: Lyman Good vs. Chris Lozano
  • WW Tournament Quarterfinal: Dan Hornbuckle vs. Brent Weedman
  • WW Tournament Quarterfinal: Jay Hieron vs. Anthony Lapsley
  • WW Tournament Quarterfinal: Rick Hawn vs. Jim Wallhead
  • Zoila Frausto vs. Karina Hallinan

Bellator 36: March 12, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana

  • LW Tournament Quarterfinal: Mike Chandler vs. Marcin Held

Bellator 37: March 19, Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma

  • No fights announced yet

Bellator 38: March 26, TBA

  • No fights announced yet

Bellator 39: April 2, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut

  • Lightweight title fight: Eddie Alvarez vs. Pat Curran

Bellator 40: April 9, First Council Casino, Newkirk, Oklahoma

  • Ben Askren vs. Nick Thompson

Bellator 41: April 16, TBA

  • Zach Makovsky vs. Chad Robichaux

Bellator 42: April 23, Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma

  • No fights announced yet

Bellator 43: May 7, First Council Casino, Newkirk, Oklahoma

  • No fights announced yet

Featherweight Tournament Participants

  • Kenny Foster
  • Patricio “Pittbull” Freire
  • Zac George
  • Georgi Karakhanyan
  • Eric Larkin
  • Nazareno Malegarie
  • Wilson Reis
  • Daniel Straus

Lightweight Tournament Participants

  • Michael Chandler
  • Patricky “Pitbull” Freire
  • Marcin Held
  • Toby Imada
  • Ferrid Kheder
  • Rob McCullough
  • Carey Vanier
  • Lloyd Woodward

Welterweight Tournament Participants

  • Lyman Good
  • Chris Lozano
  • Dan Hornbuckle
  • Brent Weedman
  • Jay Hieron
  • Anthony Lapsley
  • Rick Hawn
  • Jim Wallhead

Light Heavyweight Tournament Participants

  • Daniel Gracie
  • Nik “The Machete” Fekete
  • More TBA

Props to MMA Junkie for assistance with the fight cards

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Fight Cards

Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis

Event Date: November 4, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 98: Dos Anjos vs. Ferguson

Event Date: November 5, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima

Event Date: November 11, 2016
Broadcast: Spike Sports

UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

Event Date: November 12, 2016
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 165: Chandler Vs. Henderson

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2

Event Date: November 19, 2016
Broadcast: TBD