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Bellator reveals Featherweight Grand Prix opening round fights

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Featherweight Grand Prix
Featherweight Grand Prix
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Bellator 226: “Bader vs. Kongo” takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 7, 2019, while Bellator 228: “Pitbull vs. Archuleta” takes place Sept. 28, 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Bellator has just revealed that between those two events the entire first round of the 16-man Featherweight Grand Prix will take place.

Here are the match ups you can look forward to:

Bellator 226

Daniel Straus (26-8) vs. Derek Campos (19-9)
Pat Curran (23-8) vs. Adam Borics (13-0)
Emmanuel Sanchez (18-4) vs. Tywan Claxton (5-0)
Sam Sicilia (16-9) vs. Pedro Carvalho (10-3)

Bellator 228

Patricio Pitbull (29-4) vs. Juan Archuleta (23-1)
Darrion Caldwell (13-3) vs. Henry Corrales (17-3)
Daniel Weichel (39-11) vs. Saul Rogers (13-2)
A.J. McKee (14-0) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (28-9-1, 1 NC)

All scheduled bouts — with the exception of “Pitbull vs. Archuleta” — will take place over three rounds. The Featherweight world title fight between Patricio Freire and Juan Archuleta is scheduled for five rounds if necessary. ALL fights from the second round on will be scheduled for five whether a title or non-title fight. The bracketing for those bouts will be announced at a later date.

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