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Bellator to Sign WFL's 'Final 8' Heavyweight Grand Prix and MMA Lightweight Tournament Champions

Post by Kingfedor on Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:35 pm


Bellator announced today the organization will reward the winner of World Fighting League's upcoming "Final 8" Grand Prix, as well as the MMA Lightweight Tournament Finale, with a Bellator contract. The events take place over two days on Saturday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 23 from Topsportcentrum in Almere, Netherlands.

Owned by famed Dutch kickboxer Melvin Manhoef, the Netherlands-based promotion is currently home to many of the best Dutch kickboxers and mixed martial artists. Following an impressive combat sports career that spans two and a half decades, including successful runs in DREAM, Cage Rage and Bellator, Manhoef began promoting fights under his WFL banner in 2015. Most recently, Manhoef defeated Remy Bonjasky in the final bout of his kickboxing career at WFL 16.

Similar to renowned K-1 events, the kickboxing tournament on Sept. 22 commences with eight competitors who will need to claim victory three times in one evening to become champion. The "Final 8" Grand Prix kicks off with several explosive first-round heavyweight matchups, including Murat Aygun vs. Fabio Kwasi, Sam Tevette vs. Clyde Brunswijk, Andrei Stoica vs. "Boy Boy" Martin and Fred Sikking vs. Nordine Mahieddine. Sikking vs. Nordine replaces the previously announced contest between Ibrahim El Bouni and Levi Rigters.

In the MMA Lightweight Tournament Finale on Sept. 23, Pieter Buist (13-4) meets Soli Abdeselam Mohamed (4-3), better known to fans as "Sully Bull," in a battle to determine the victor at 155 pounds. Buist, nicknamed "The Archangel," is currently riding a four-fight win streak, including two WFL victories, while Bull has also won his previous two bouts inside the WFL cage.

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Re: Bellator to Sign WFL's 'Final 8' Heavyweight Grand Prix and MMA Lightweight Tournament Champions

Post by CDF47 on Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:23 pm

Good to see they are scouting champions/GP winners from other orgs. to add to their roster.

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Post by westcott123 on Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:18 pm

That in my opinion is what mma organisations should do is scout out for local and international talent which in my opinion is what rizin ff should be doing too.
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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:43 pm

Cool to see Bellator going to new areas to seek new talent. They're definitely ahead of the game with prospects and scouting.
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Re: Bellator to Sign WFL's 'Final 8' Heavyweight Grand Prix and MMA Lightweight Tournament Champions

Post by CDF47 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:36 pm

westcott123 wrote:That in my opinion is what mma organisations should do is scout out for local and international talent which in my opinion is what rizin ff should be doing too.

Agreed. They have been pulling champs from DEEP, Shooto, Pancrase,..., and other orgs.


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Post by CDF47 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:36 pm

Rocksoldier84 wrote:Cool to see Bellator going to new areas to seek new talent. They're definitely ahead of the game with prospects and scouting.

Yeah, they are. This is a great way to do it.

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