The preliminary card airs live on Bellator at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 16. The main-card action kicks off on the Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET.
The next step in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix takes the promotion to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. This will be the third fight of the quarterfinal round of the tournament, and the match-up had two former UFC veterans going head-to-head.
Roy Nelson makes his sophomore appearance for Bellator. “Big Country” looks to secure another knockout victory when he goes up against fellow UFC veteran Matt Mitrione. This will be the second go-around for these two. Nelson won their first battle via knockout on the main card of [i]The Ultimate Fighter 16[/i] Finale in 2012.
Mitrione is considered one of the favorites to win the tournament. He has won his first three fights in the Bellator cage. Mitrione is coming off a victory over perhaps the greatest heavyweight of them all, Fedor Emelianenko. Meanwhile, Nelson’s last fight, which took place at Bellator 183 in September, resulted in a victory over Javy Ayala.
Main Card (Paramount Network, 9 p.m. ET)
HW Tournament Quarterfinal: Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson Mitrione
LW: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Derek Campos Freire
LHW: Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov McGeary
Women’s FlyW: Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton Hardy
FW: Tywan Claxton vs. Jose Antonio Perez Claxton
Preliminary Card (Bellator.com, 7 p.m. ET)
LW: Tyler Hamilton vs. Pat Casey Hamilton
Catchweight (165 pounds): Peter Nascimento vs. Kastriot Xhema Xhema
LW: Marcus Surin vs. Dean Hancock Surin
LHW: Jarod Trice vs. Walter Howard Trice
FW: Regivaldo Carvalho vs. Thomas English Carvalho
BW: Mike Kimbel vs. Geoffrey Then Kimbel
LW: Ross Richardson vs. Ronie Arana Leon Richardson