Bellator Fighting Championships today revealed the Round 1 matchups for its upcoming welterweight tournament.
The four first-round fights will take place as part of Bellator 14 on April 15 and Bellator 15 on April 22.
The announced welterweight matchups include:
Ben Askren vs. Ryan Thomas (Bellator 14)
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Sean Pierson (Bellator 15)
Jacob McClintock vs. Jim Wallhead (Bellator 15)
Steve Carl vs. Brett Cooper (Bellator 15)
"I can't wait for our welterweight tournament to start," said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. "It's turned out exactly as I had hoped it would: world-class talent and well-known names coupled with some tremendous prospects in a tournament that anyone could win. This is what a tournament should be about."