Bellator adds Mini Middleweight Tournament to Season 10


The winner of the Bellator 114 main event between Brennan Ward (9-1) and Alexander Shelmenko (49-7) will need a challenger to the Middleweight title. That challenger will come from the recently announced 4-man mini Middleweight tournament that will take place during season 10.

The first semifinal match-up will see Brett Cooper (19-9) against Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (19-13) at Bellator 114, on March 28,at the Maverik Center in West Valley City Utah.

The second semifinal will be on April 4, at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada, with Doug “The Rhino” Marshall (18-7) meeting Dan “Cosmo”Cramer (10-4).

Cooper defeated Norman Paraisy (UD) and Dan Cramer (KO) to reach the season 8 tournament finals; before in the finals getting knocked out by Doug Marshall. A Marshall injury shuffled Cooper into a title fight against Alexander Shelmenko, that the champion would win by unanimous decision.

Grove recently ended a 3 fight losing streak with a TKO of Danny Mitchell and followed it up with a unanimous decision win over Joe Vedepo. Since being released from the UFC in 2011.

Marshall won the season 8 tournament by knocking out Andreas Spang and Brett Cooper, and also split decision-ed Sultan Aliev; before getting knocked out by a body shot from Alexander Shelmenko at Bellator 109.

Cramer won 3 fights in a row including a decision over Brain Rogers in the season 8 quarterfinals before getting knocked out by Brett Cooper in the semifinals.

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