Daniel Gracie named as first participant in Bellator LHW tournament
With Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament now official, the company is ready to start releasing the season-four playoff participants.
First up? PRIDE and International Fight League veteran Daniel Gracie (5-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
Bellator brass today announced the member of fighting’s first family as the first fighter official for the upcoming inaugural eight-man tournament.
“The Gracie family has truly influenced MMA as we know it today, and I’m proud to say that heritage continues when Daniel steps into the Bellator cage to try to become our light heavyweight champion,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated in today’s release. “A Gracie back in the tournament format is reminiscent of the days when the Gracies dominated MMA, and that’s something I’m excited to see.”