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Bellator announces light heavyweight tournament pairings for Dynamite card

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

TEMECULA, Calif. -- The light heavyweight tournament matchups for Bellator MMA's next tentpole event were announced by CEO Scott Coker on Friday night during the main card of the promotion's event.

Former UFC contender Phil Davis squares off with former Bellator champ Emanuel Newton, while former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal faces Linton Vassell. UFC veteran Francis Carmont will fight Philipe Lins in an alternate bout for the tournament.

Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 takes place Saturday, Sept. 19 from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

The event is headlined by the Bellator light-heavyweight title bout between former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and the undefeated Liam McGeary.

Additionally, Strikeforce and UFC vet Josh Thomson makes his promotional debut against Mike Bronzoulis.