Raphael Davis (center) meets D.J. Linderman in Bellator’s 205-pound tournament. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The opening round of Bellator Fighting Championships’ inaugural 205-pound tournament has been set, as Sherdog.com on Wednesday confirmed all four quarterfinal pairings with a source close to the event.
Bellator 38, which goes down March 26 at Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Miss., will feature a main event between Daniel Gracie and Tim Carpenter. Also scheduled are quarterfinal bouts pitting Chris Davis against Christian M’Pumbu, Nik Fekete against Richard Hale, and Raphael Davis against D.J. Linderman. The event will air live on MTV2.
Currently two events into its fourth season, the Chicago-based promotion will crown its first-ever light heavyweight champion in 2011. Bellator is also holding tournaments to decide No. 1 contenders in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions. The victor in each of the four tournaments will receive $100,000 in total pay for his efforts.
Gracie is an International Fight League veteran who recently returned from a four-year hiatus. The 38-year-old competed at Israel FC “Genesis” in November, choking out Martin Wojcik in just over two minutes. Gracie began his MMA career in 2002 with a split decision over Takashi Sugiura at Pride 21.
Carpenter, 30, is a product of Philadelphia’s Balance Studios. Owner of a perfect 6-0 record since turning pro in 2005, Carpenter made his Bellator debut in October, when he earned a split decision over Jamal Patterson. A jiu-jitsu pupil of Phil and Ricardo Migliarese, Carpenter has finished half of his career victims by submission.