198 is headlined by a quarterfinal showdown in the promotion’s
ongoing heavyweight grand prix, pitting legendary former Pride
Fighting Championships heavyweight king Fedor
Emelianenko against past UFC champ Frank Mir.
In 2007, Lovato became just the third American-born grappler to win
a International BJJ Federation world championship at the black belt
level. Since turning to professional mixed martial arts in 2014,
Machado black belt has gone 7-0, including winning his last
three bouts inside the Bellator cage. After taking stoppages over
Hackmann and Mike Rhodes
in 13 seconds and 1:59 respectively, the 34-year-old Lovato earned
a unanimous decision over former Edinboro University wrestler
Honeycutt at Bellator 189 in December.
Salter, 32, has gone 10-1 since being cut from the UFC in 2010.
Since inking a Bellator contract, the Alabama native has gone 5-0
for the company, racking up wins over the likes of former
promotional champion Brandon
Halsey and UFC veterans Dustin
Jacoby and Kendall
Grove. Most recently, Salter choked out Jason
Radcliffe at Bellator 188 in November.