A week ago Bellator MMA announced a plan to fill its vacant heavyweight throne: a star-studded heavyweight grand prix. The tournament field includes eight fighters – four heavyweights and four light heavyweights – will fight for the vacant heavyweight title.
The heavyweight participants include former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko, two-time former UFC titleholder Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione, and Roy Nelson.
Moreover, four light-heavyweight participants are current Bellator 205-pound champ Ryan Bader, former UFC champ Quinton Jackson, ex-Strikeforce Muhammed Lawal and multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen.
The list includes many of Bellator’s biggest names; there is one Bellator star that didn’t make the event: upcoming welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald.
MacDonald would be totally undersized against fighters like Sonnen and Bader hopes to become an alternate at the Prix. “Red King” talked about his desire to join the heavyweight Grand Prix (Via Bjpenn)
“I spoke to Scott Coker about it,” MacDonald said during a recent discussion on Facebook Live. “He said ‘we’ll see how this fight goes against [welterweight champ Douglas] Lima’ and maybe they can use me as an alternate if something comes up.”
Macdonald was being asked if he had any experience training or sparring with heavyweights:
“Not really, but I’m willing to try and fight them. It will probably be a bit of a problem, but I’m up for the challenge.”
Rory MacDonald has upcoming title bout against Douglas Lima on Jan. 20 if he wins, he will earn the welterweight title.
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