Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018
As expected, Bellator MMA will indeed crown a new heavyweight champion in 2018, but rather than a simple title fight to fill the vacant slot, the promotion has put together a blockbuster tournament featuring a bevy of MMA superstars.
Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie and USA TODAY Sports that the company will host an eight-man heavyweight tournament known as the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, with the winner earning the vacant Bellator belt. “This is going to be something that’s iconic for us,” Coker said. “Tournaments, traditionally, are kind of the way martial arts contests happen. Now we get to put eight iconic brand names in our sport together over a year, and then whoever wins will be crowned the heavyweight champion.”
The eight contestants include some of the organization’s most recognizable heavyweights, including former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), two-time former UFC titleholder Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), and Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
Additionally, four light heavyweight stars are moving up a division for a chance at heavyweight gold, with current 205-pound champ Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), former UFC champ Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA), ex-Strikeforce titleholder Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) and multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) also confirmed for the grand prix.
The tournament bouts will be contested throughout 2018, with the current plan calling for one tournament fight per night at seven yet-to-be-decided Bellator events. The final is tentatively scheduled for December 2018.
The tournament draw will be determined in the near future.
Pretty cool to see the old guys go at it again. If all of them were in their prime, I'd say Fedor would get it. But now I lean more towards Matt Mitrione as the favourite, and perhaps Moh lawal might take it as well. Nonetheless there will be interesting fights to say the least. Cross our fingers and hope nobody gets injured.
usually when I train with someone we train everything stand up, ground, cardio. your the only person that I ever met that thinks that they don't need to be taught that they already know. last person that I trained with was my cousin and its been a while. but if someone wants to train I make up a training plan if they feel that their cardio is good too bad its part of the plan . maybe one of his "Holes" is caused by something that he needs to hone a little.But I never had any problems. its never wrong to train on everything. its like my job I'm a firefighter have been for years but I always train on what I already know. gotta train on the basic stuff or you don't understand the advanced stuff. and the basic stuff is the ground work for the advance. just like jiu jitsu the more mat time you have the better you will and can be and then the advance techniques will come easy. I would expect you to know that but your too good for that.
You are WRONG, Sir. You are definitely wrong. There is no reason to train with you if you don't understand the power a GAMEPLAN can have. I am not talking about standing vs ground or cardio, because I would be doing all of those. I am talking about a COMPLETE GAME THAT IS UNIQUE. I will simply train with someone else.