Two days after concluding its fourth season, Bellator
Fighting Championships on Monday announced the quarterfinal
pairings for its “Summer Series” featherweight tournament.
The Chicago-based promotion’s latest 145-pound bracket will kick
off June 25 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in
Hollywood, Fla. The MTV2-televised
Bellator 46 will include all four quarterfinals in the
One of Bellator’s most high-profile free agent signings, Marlon
Sandro (Pictured; file photo), will make his promotional debut
against countryman Genair da
Silva, known on the Brazilian circuit as “Junior PQD.” Sandro,
the former featherweight champ of Japan’s Sengoku organization, has
won three of his last four starts via knockout, while “Junior” has
won five in a row.
“I am coming to the United States to become a world champion,”
Sandro stated in a release. “I see Bellator as the place to really
make a name for myself here in the U.S. I’m here to put on great
fights, entertain the fans, and fight my way to the Bellator
featherweight world championship.”
Second-season lightweight tournament winner Pat Curran will
return to featherweight following a five-round decision loss to
Bellator 155-pound king Eddie Alvarez
in April. Curran, who had won four in a row prior to meeting
Alvarez, will take on five-time Bellator vet Luis
Palomino, himself a winner of three straight.
British standout Ronnie Mann
will clash with Adam
Schindler in another quarterfinal matchup. After eking out a
25-minute split decision over Douglas
Evans in September to claim the Shark Fights featherweight
title, Mann made his Bellator debut on April 23, dominating
Arocho for a unanimous nod. The Texan Schindler has won six
straight, including a two-minute rear-naked choke submission of
Gooch under the Strikeforce banner.
The last of the opening round pairings features fourth-season
tournament participant Nazareno
Malegarie squaring off against Arizonian Jacob Devree.
Malegarie, an Argentinian who fights out of Brazil, was 19-0 with
17 finishes before running up against eventual tourney finalist
Straus in March. Devree is also once-beaten, holding a mark of
10-1, with rear-naked choke wins in four of his last seven