Bellator is almost to the magic number 200 as it traveled to the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., for the next fight in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and Bellator 199.
The grand prix served as the main event of the night. Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal took on the reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader. Lawal, normally a light heavyweight, had recently been fighting at the heavyweight level, where he had gone 2-1 over his three recent bouts. Both of those victories came in the Bellator cage, where he met Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. Bader came into this fight after winning his last four fights, including two in the UFC.
The co-headliner could have possibly produced a title challenger in the welterweight division. UFC veteran Jon Fitch returned to the cage for the first time since last June to make his Bellator debut. He took on knockout artist Paul Daley, who was 3-2 over his last five outings and won his last fight against another UFC veteran, Lorenz Larkin, by knockout.
There was also another heavyweight fight on the main card, but it was not a part of the grand-prix bracket. UFC veteran Cheick Kongo took on Javy Ayala in that affair.
Bellator also showcases two prospects. Aaron Pico knocked out Lee Morrison at featherweight, while Carrington Banks met Adam Piccolotti at lightweight.
The Bellator 199 preliminary card aired live on Bellator.com at 7 p.m. ET. The main card aired live on the Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET.