The four men competing to win a chance at Bellator middleweight gold have been announced as Doug Marshall vs. Dan Cramer and Brett Cooper vs. Kendall Grove have been made official for the season 10 middleweight tournament.
The opening round of the tournament will not take place on the same card. It will actually be split between Grove vs. Cooper at Bellator 114 on March 28th and Marshall vs. Cramer at Bellator 115 on April 4th.
Bellator 114 takes place at the Maverik Center in Utah while Bellator 115 travels to the Reno Events Center in Nevada.
These four fighters will try to earn a shot at the winner of a Bellator 114 title bout between champion Alexander Shlemenko and Brennan Ward which headlines the card.
Here is what Brett Cooper had to say about his opponent Kendall Grove: via Bellator press release, “Grove is a tough customer but I’m going to put him away,” Cooper said. “I really am pulling for Marshall in the other side of the bracket, so I can smash his face in the finals. And after that, the Russian has it coming too. I’m not looking past anybody in this tournament, it’s full of tough, skilled guys but whoever is in my way to the title is getting two basic food groups: leather and canvas.”
Doug Marshall had his shot at Shlemenko late last year but was knocked out by the champ. After the fight, Marshall test positive for a banned substance and was banned until February 7th. “The Rhino will be running through guys with brutal KO’s and giving the fans a show,” Marshall said. “I want to prove that my fight against Shlemenko was a fluke, and I’m ready to make another run through that tournament and get another title shot.”
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