Bellator MMA announced the four fighters and matchups for their Season 10 4-man Middleweight tournament, which will feature Kendall Grove, Dan Cramer, Brett Cooper, and Doug Marshall, all fighting for a title shot at the Bellator Middleweight Championship.
The first semi-final will feature Kendall Grove (20-13) vs Brett Cooper (19-9) at Bellator 114 on March 28th.
Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove, most known for winning season 3 of The Ultimate Fighter, has gone 8-4 since leaving the UFC, including a victorious Bellator MMA debut in October at Bellator 104 over Joe Vedepo via unanimous decision. Grove will make his Bellator tournament debut in his 2nd fight for the promotion.
Brett Cooper most recently fought for the Bellator Middleweight Championship against Alexander Shelmenko at Bellator 98, as an injury replacement for Doug Marshall. Cooper had originally lost to Marshall via KO in the Season 8 middleweight tournament. Cooper also holds a win over fellow tournament fighter Dan Cramer, defeating him in the semifinals of the season 8 tournament.
The second semi-final will feature Doug Marshall (18-7) vs Dan Cramer (10-4) at Bellator 115 on April 4th.
Doug “The Rhino” Marshall arrived on the scene blazing through his first 4 opponents in Bellator, winning 3 of his fights by knockout, including winning the season 8 middleweight tournament over Brett Cooper to earn a shot at the title. Marshall eventually got his title shot against champion Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 109 in November but suffered a 1st round knockout loss to the Russian. And post-fight it was discovered that Marshall had tested positive for a banned substance and was fined and suspended until February 7th by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission.
Dan Cramer has worked his way up from the bottom–since joining the promotion in 2010–to one of the top middleweights in Bellator. He will be entering his 2nd Bellator middleweight tournament, his previous showing resulted in an upset win over Brian Rogers in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to Brett Cooper.
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The winner of this middleweight tournament will earn a title shot at the Bellator Middleweight Champion, which will be determined when current champion Alexander Shlemenko (49-7), fresh off a new contract extension with the promotion, takes on Season 9 Middleweight tournament winner, Brennan Ward (9-1).