The opening round in the season eight Bellator lightweight tournament will begin on January 31 at Bellator 87.
The card was officially announced by the promotion for Pleasant, Michigan and the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort.
In opening round bouts, Guillaume DeLorenzi (10-1) faces Patricky Freire (10-4); Thiago Michel (11-3) meets Alexander Sarnavskiy (21-1); and Lloyd Woodard (12-2) battles David Rickels (11-1). The final match is expected to be announced shortley.
“This lightweight tournament live on Spike is stacked with some of the sport’s most exciting finishers,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “I expect another night of great fights and a packed arena.”
The winner will receive a Bellator lightweight title shot and $100,000. Michael Chandler is the current division champion.