The Bellator Season Nine middleweight tournament field is set for Bellator 98 in Connecticut. The eight fighters will vie for the $100,000 prize and a shot at the winner of the Bellator 98 main event. Bellator officials announced the field earlier this week.
Highlighting the pairings will be a hard-hitting battle between Brett Cooper and Andreas Spang. Veterans Dan Cramer and Brian Rogers will also feature in the tournament as well. Talented newcomer Jason Butcher will have a very tough matchup against Giva “The Arm Collector” Santana in his first Bellator tournament bout.
Bellator 98 fight card will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Alexander Shlemenko and Season 8 tournament Doug Marshall. The card will also feature former champion Joe Warren taking on bantamweight Nick Kirk and the Fight Master: Bellator MMA final. The card will take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on September 7.
Bellator 98 Fight Card:
- Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Champion Alexander Shlemenko (47-7) vs. Doug Marshall (18-6)
- Bellator Bantamweight Feature Fight: Joe Warren (8-3) vs. Nick Kirk (10-2)
- Fight Master: Bellator MMA Final: TBA vs. TBA
- Bellator Middleweight Quarterfinal Fight: Brett Cooper (19-8) vs. Andreas Spang (8-3)
- Bellator Middleweight Quarterfinal Fight: Dan Cramer (10-4) vs. Perry Filkins (7-1)
- Bellator Middleweight Quarterfinal Fight: Brian Rogers (10-5) vs. Mikkel Parlo (9-1)
- Bellator Middleweight Quarterfinal Fight: Jason Butcher (6-0) vs. Giva Santana (18-2)