The Bellator season four welterweight tournament pairings have been set and all four quarterfinal bouts will take place at the promotion's season premiere Bellator 35
on March 5 at the Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, Calif.
The winner at the end of the season will receive a $100,000 purse and a title shot against current champion Ben Askren
The matchups are below.
-- Jay Hieron
(19-4) vs. Steve Carl
(11-2): Hieron comes into Bellator with a chance to fight more often in the next three months than he did in his last two years with Strikeforce (twice). Carl, an Iraq war veteran, participated in season two's welterweight tournament but fell short against Dan Hornbuckle in the semifinals.
-- Rick Hawn
(9-0) vs. Jim Wallhead
(20-5): Olympic judoka Hawn opened eyes in his Bellator debut last October when he tossed LeVon Maynard with a seoi-nage
and followed with ground and pound punches. Wallhead out of Team Rough House in the UK is also a black belt in Judo.
-- Lyman Good
(10-1) vs. Chris Lozano
(6-0): Good, the winner of first season's tournament and the former Bellator welterweight champ, makes his return to the tournament format for his climb back to the top. Lozano is a prospect out of Ohio who made his Bellator debut last September by stopping UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida..
-- Dan Hornbuckle
(22-3) vs. Brent Weedman
(17-5-1): Season two finalist Hornbuckle enters the tournament for another shot at Askren. Weedman earned a spot in the tournament by staying undefeated in three Bellator fights in 2010.