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Bellator 87 Tournament Set for January 31

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Season 8 of Bellator's lightweight tournament officially starts January 31. Bellator 87 will host the promotions return to the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI after appearing there this past November for Bellator 82.

"Our first event at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was a tremendous success, so we made it a point to get back to Michigan as quickly as we could," said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

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Bellator 87 will host the opening rounds of the lightweight tournament with the following fights scheduled: Guillaume DeLorenzi (10-1) vs. Patricky Freire (10-4), Thiago Michel (11-3) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (21-1) and Lloyd Woodard (12-2) vs. David Rickels (11-1). The fourth and final matchup is expected shortly.

"This lightweight tournament live on Spike is stacked with some of the sport's most exciting finishers, so I expect another night of great fights and a packed arena," said Rebney.

The winner of the tournament wins $100,000 and a guaranteed title shot.

The main card of Bellator 87 airs on Spike TV at 10 p.m. E.T. Prelims stream at Spike.com starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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