Some changes have been made to the Bellator Bantamweight Grand Prix following the departure of two fighters from the bracket recently.
It was reported last week that champion Sergio Pettis and James Gallagher had both withdrawn from the tournament. To determine who will replace their spots in the tournament, Bellator has made two “Wild Card” fights next month that give talent the chance to fight their way into the bracket.
An upcoming fight between undefeated Jornel Lugo and former Titan FC Bantamweight Champion Danny Sabatello is the first of two “Wild Card” fights. The winner of their April 22nd fight will enter the bracket and will face Leandro Higo at some point in the future.
Experienced names Enrique Barzola and Josh Hill will also fight on that date. The winner of that will go on to face Magomed Magomedov in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Pettis departing the lineup last meant a changed impact on the tournament. While the champ is out of the bracket, Bellator has implemented an interim title that will be used during the tournament.
The first interim champ will be crowned in the opening round in a fight between Juan Archuleta and Raufeon Stots. The champion by the end of the tournament is expected to get a fight against Pettis.