Light Heavyweight Tournament Set for Bellator 38 in Mississippi

By Mike Whitman Mar 1, 2011
Raphael Davis leads Bellator's 205-pound tournament, starting March 26. | Dave Mandel/

Bellator Fighting Championships announced Tuesday the location and venue of Bellator 38: the event will go down March 26 and will emanate from Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica Resorts in Tunica, Miss.

The event, which marks Bellator's first trip to Mississippi, will showcase all four quarterfinals in the promotion's inaugural light heavyweight tournament.

While the first-round matchups have yet to be released by the promotion, all eight competitors have been made public. Daniel Gracie, Raphael Davis, Nik Fekete, Chris Davis, D.J. Linderman, Tim Carpenter, Richard Hale and Christian M'Pumbu have all been greenlit for the competition. The winner of the tournament will be awarded $100,000 in total pay and the title of Bellator's first-ever 205-pound champion.

According to Bellator's official press release, Harrah's Tunica seats 2,300 in the casino's event center. Bellator 38 will be the promotion's fourth event of its upcoming fourth season. The three shows preceding Bellator 38 will serve to decide the opening rounds of the promotion's new featherweight, lightweight and welterweight tournaments, respectively.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our live MTV2 broadcast to the great state of Mississippi and to the magical Harrah’s Tunica,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in the official release. “This will be a spectacular show featuring eight world class light heavyweights.”

The event will air live on MTV2 at 7 p.m. ET, with the preliminary contests beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
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