Bellator announces $ 1 million bantamweight grand prize for 2022, eight-player tournament


Bellator kicks off the new year on a high note.

The promotion announced Friday night at Bellator 272 that its bantamweight division will be its next weight class to receive the Bellator Grand Prix treatment.

The eight contestants revealed for the tournament include a variety of veterans and former Bellator champions, as well as the two men competing for gold in Friday’s main event: Sergio Pettis, Kyoji Horiguchi, Magomed Magomedov, James Gallagher , Leandro Higo, Patchy Mix, Raufeon Stots and Juan Archuleta.

Similar to past Bellator tournaments in recent years, a grand prize of $ 1 million will be up for grabs for the winner.

Pettis and Horiguchi are expected to meet already in the main event of the Bellator 272 with Pettis’ bantamweight title on the line. The winner will then wear the belt in the tournament.

The promotion is aiming for an early 2022 debut for its final grand prix, but no opening dates or matches were revealed in Friday’s broadcast.

Bellator has hosted four grand prix already in the Scott Coker era, with welterweights (2018), heavyweights (2018), featherweights (2019) and light heavyweights (2020) receiving tournament treatment ‘one million dollars. Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov and former UFC contender Corey Anderson are set to meet in the 205-pound final in 2022.

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At the end of the day, who will be the winner of the tournament?

  • 21%
    Sergio Pettis

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  • 35%
    Kyoji Horiguchi

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  • 20%
    Magomed Magomedov

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  • 7%
    James gallagher

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  • 3%
    Juan Archuleta

    (20 votes)


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