Featherweight Grand Prix selection show highlighted by Patricio ‘Pitbull’ choosing Pedro Carvalho

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFreire chose last, but he didn’t have to pick a card because he was granted a “champion’s choice,” which afforded him the opportunity to face whomever he wanted at any date and possibly change the previously set matchups.After the first seven fighters picked their dates and opponents, only Adam Borics remained to fight in January. Freire consulted with his trainer for a few moments. The fighters on stage all wanted an opportunity to fight the champion, but the Brazilian chose Pedro Carvalho. They will face off in March.  Carvalho had been set to take on Darrion Caldwell that month. Now, Caldwell, the former Bellator bantamweight champion who beat Henry Corrales earlier in the show, will take on Borics in January instead.The remaining quarterfinal matchups include A.J. McKee — who scored the second-fastest knockout in Bellator history when he KO’d Georgi Karakhanyan in eight seconds — battling Derek Campos in December and Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Weichel squaring off in February. They fought at Bellator 159 in July 2016, with Weichel winning by split decision.The winner of the Grand Prix will become the Bellator featherweight champion and be awarded $1 million. After Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defeated Juan Archuleta to retain the featherweight title in the co-main event of Bellator 228 on Saturday and complete the field for the Featherweight Grand Prix, Bellator immediately conducted a selection show to determine the quarterfinal round and set up the remainder of the tournament. Seven of the fighters each picked a card to determine their selection order. The fighters who drew cards with Nos. 1-4 on them were allowed to choose to compete in December, January, February or March. The next three fighters got to decide whom they wanted to fight. last_img

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