Sources also informed Sherdog.com that the promotion will stage its
light heavyweight quarterfinals on March 26 at
Bellator 38. The location of the event, which airs live on
MTV2, has not yet been announced.
While Bellator has made official all competitors in its 145-, 155-
and 170-pound tournaments, little remains known about the 205-pound
bracket, which will crown the company’s first-ever light
heavyweight champion. The only confirmed participant is 38-year-old
Gracie, who signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator in December
and will reportedly face Tim
Carpenter in the opening round. The once-beaten Raphael
Davis is also expected to be part of the eight-man field.
A former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Davis has compiled a
record of 10-2 on the Southeast circuit. The well-rounded
28-year-old holds five wins by knockout and five by submission and
has not seen the judges’ scorecards in any of his 12 fights,
leaving the first round only twice. Both of Davis’ losses have come
at the hands of UFC veterans, as he was submitted by both Jeremy Horn
Magalhaes in 2009.
Davis, who fights out of
Headhunters MMA in Tuscaloosa, Ala., has gone 3-0 with a trio
of KOs since being defeated by Magalhaes. In his most recent
outing, Davis handed the previously unbeaten Francisco
“Kiko” France his first loss, battering the Brazilian jiu-jitsu
black belt for a second-round stoppage in April.
Linderman signed with Bellator in August as a heavyweight but has
yet to compete for the promotion. The Oregon native holds a
professional mark of 8-1 since turning pro in June 2008, with five
of those victories coming by way of stoppage.
Competing mainly in the Pacific Northwest, Linderman has recorded
wins against the likes of Bellator vet Mike Hayes
American Top Team fighter Mario
Rinaldi. The 26-year-old’s only defeat came in a May 2009
decision loss to Devin Cole,
whom Linderman had submitted four months prior. “Da Protégé” last
competed in July, when he captured the Sportfight heavyweight belt
with a five-round decision win against Daniel