Check out the poster for Mitrione-Nelson grand-prix bout at Bellator 194

Bellator 194 will host the second bout of the opening round of Bellator’s upcoming heavyweight tournament.

As previously reported, Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) takes on Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) as part of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, an eight-man tournament that features four heavyweights and four light heavyweights. The yearlong, multi-event tournament will crown a new Bellator heavyweight champion.

Mitrione vs. Nelson headlines Bellator 194, which takes place Feb. 16. The event airs on Mohegan Sun Arena from Uncasville, Conn.

Here’s the official poster:

Mitrione opened as a 2-1 (+200) favorite to win the grand prix and has the best odds to merge victorious. He actually suffered a 2012 loss to Nelson, who recently defeated Javy Ayala in his Bellator debut, under the UFC banner.

Other opening-round matchups include Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) vs. Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who meet on Jan. 20 at Bellator 192. Additionally, Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) are slotted to fight in San Jose in May, and Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fight in April in Chicago.

For more on Bellator 194, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Odds for Bellator's grand prix are out, but oddsmakers might need to get more creative

All the potential craziness that could come from the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018, and somehow the biggest favorite in the opening round is the guy who got knocked out the last time he faced this particular foe.

That’s the story told by the betting odds, anyway. According to The Oddessa Line, Matt Mitrione is a -260 favorite to beat Roy Nelson (a +180 underdog) in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 16 at Bellator 194.

You might recall that these two fought once already in the UFC back in 2012, and Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) handed Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) the first knockout loss of his career.

But oh, how times have changed. In fact, that might as well be the tagline for the entire tournament, especially since we now find ourselves in a heavyweight tournament populated by a several guys who have never even competed at heavyweight, and still somehow it’s former PRIDE great Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) who ends up being one of the heavier underdogs – against Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) – to make it out of the first round.

Some of that, of course, is the matchmaking. Bellator seems to have decided to mostly keep heavyweights with heavyweights and light heavyweights with light heavyweights in the opening round.

Odds have Mir as a sizable favorite over Emelianenko, while longtime “moneyweight” Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) starts as a sizable underdog against current Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).

The most competitive fight, at least according to the odds, is the exact fight that Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) said he didn’t want – the one against takedown enthusiast and former UFC middleweight (!!!) contender Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at Bellator 192. In that one, both men are at -120, presumably to balance the likelihood of an overweight and out-of-shape Jackson being taken down repeatedly with the chances of Sonnen eating one solid punch and going down.

But in order to really have the right kind of fun with this tournament, we’re thinking that oddsmakers will need to get creative with prop bets.

For instance, can we get some odds on who’ll be the first to withdraw from the tournament due to injury/illness/arrest/sudden retirement? How about a line on Tito Ortiz as an alternate to come in and win it all? And if you can’t bet on whether one of these fighters will lose, then get re-added to the tournament later and lose again, what is even the point?

Just saying.

For more on Bellator 192, Bellator 194 and and rest of the promotion’s upcoming schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Check out the Bellator grand prix trailer, where Fedor Emelianenko has a chuckle

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Dann StuppAs the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018 approaches, we now have a trailer for the eight-man heavyweight tournament.

As previously reported, the multi-event and yearlong grand prix kicks off in January, and four veteran heavyweights and four light heavyweights are part of the field.

Things kick off at Bellator 192, which takes place Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. An opening-round matchup of Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) vs. Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) is part of the Spike-televised main card. The winner meets the victor of Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), which is slated for April in Chicago.

At Bellator 194 on Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) takes on Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). The winner meets either Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) or Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA), who are slotted to fight in San Jose in May.

Here’s the bracket:

Officials dates and locations haven’t been set for the semifinal round or the tourney final.

Check out the trailer, which includes a chuckle from the usually straight-faced Emelianenko, above.

And for more on Bellator 192, Bellator 194 and and rest of the promotion’s upcoming schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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