Bellator’s season five middleweight tournament will kick off with all four quarterfinal matchups at Bellator 50 on September 17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the promotion announced Thursday.
The opening round pairings include:
- Bryan Baker vs. Jared Hess
- Alexander Shlemenko vs. Zelg Galesic
- Vitor Vianna vs. Sam Alvey
- Brian Rogers vs. Victor O’Donnell
The winner of the tournament will earn a shot at champion Hector Lombard, who defended the title over Shlemenko in October before earning two more wins with another bout scheduled against Jesse Taylor in September in Australia.
Pictured: Bryan Baker