Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it will bring a middleweight title fight and the start of its season 8 featherweight tournament to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia for Bellator 88 on February 7.
Vying for the promotion's vacant middleweight belt will be perennial contender Alexander Shlemenko and one-time UFC veteran and season six tourney winner Maiquel Falcao.
The event's main card will air starting at 10 PM ET on Spike while the preliminary portion of bouts will stream live on Spike.com starting at 8 PM ET.
Former Japanese standout and tourney runner-up Marlon Sandro will headline the eight-man featherweight field as the early tournament favorite. He will face Russian standout Akop Stepanyan, a training partner of Shlemenko.
Other first-round tournament matchups include Mike Richman against Mitch Jackson, Alexandre Bezerra battling Genair da Silva and Fabricio de Assis Costa da Silva meeting Magomedrasul Khasbulaev.