Check out the poster for Mitrione-Nelson grand-prix bout at Bellator 194

Bellator 194 will host the second bout of the opening round of Bellator’s upcoming heavyweight tournament.

As previously reported, Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) takes on Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) as part of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, an eight-man tournament that features four heavyweights and four light heavyweights. The yearlong, multi-event tournament will crown a new Bellator heavyweight champion.

Mitrione vs. Nelson headlines Bellator 194, which takes place Feb. 16. The event airs on Mohegan Sun Arena from Uncasville, Conn.

Here’s the official poster:

Mitrione opened as a 2-1 (+200) favorite to win the grand prix and has the best odds to merge victorious. He actually suffered a 2012 loss to Nelson, who recently defeated Javy Ayala in his Bellator debut, under the UFC banner.

Other opening-round matchups include Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) vs. Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who meet on Jan. 20 at Bellator 192. Additionally, Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) are slotted to fight in San Jose in May, and Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fight in April in Chicago.

For more on Bellator 194, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

Publication Date: December 5, 2017, 7:45 pm

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