Bellator is almost to the magic number 200 as it heads to the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., for the next fight in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and Bellator 199.
The grand prix will, of course, serve as the main event of the night. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal takes on the reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader. Lawal, normally a light heavyweight, has recently been fighting at the heavyweight level, where he has 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 comes into this fight after winning his last four fights, including two in the UFC.
The co-headliner could possibly produce a title challenger in the welterweight division. UFC veteran Jon Fitch return to the cage for the first time since last June to make his Bellator debut. He takes on knockout artist Paul Daley, who is 3-2 over his last five outings and won his last fight against another UFC veteran, Lorenz Larkin, by knockout.
There is also another heavyweight fight on the main card, but it’s not part of the grand-prix bracket. UFC veteran Cheick Kongo takes on Javy Ayala in that affair.
Bellator also showcases two prospects. Aaron Pico takes on Lee Morrison at featherweight, while Carrington Banks takes on Adam Piccolotti at lightweight.
The Bellator 199 preliminary card airs live on Bellator.com at 7 p.m. ET. The main card airs live on the Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET.
Ryan Bader vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal – heavyweight grand prix opening round
Jon Fitch vs. Paul Daley
Aaron Pico vs. Lee Morrison
Cheick Kongo vs. Javy Ayala
Carrington Banks vs. Adam Piccolotti
Ahmed White vs. Deron Winn
Justin Tenedora vs. David Rivera-Cruz
Gaston Bolanos vs. Malcolm Hill
James Terry vs. Danasabe Mohammed
Amber Leibrock vs. Janay Harding
Brandon Hester vs. Jordan Williams
Khai Wu vs. Cass Bell
Josh Paiva vs. Adam Antolin
Josh San Diego vs. Nohelin Hernandez
Dominic Sumner vs. Tom Oswald
J.J. Okanovich vs. Hugo Lujan
Mark Climaco vs. Daniel Oseguera
Ignacio Ortiz vs. Matt Aragoni
Elias Anderson vs. Hyder Amil
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