The first Bellator Season 8 middleweight tournament bout has been announced as Brian Rogers (10-4) takes on Dan Cramer (9-3). That showdown is set for Bellator 89.
After winning in his only Strikeforce encounter, Rogers made it to the semifinals of the Season 5 tournament, before losing to Alexander Shlemenko by TKO. He returned in the next tournament, but was knocked out by Andreas Spang in the semifinals again.
Cramer lost in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter and was released by the promotion after going 1-1. Since fighting under the Bellator name, he has gone 6-1 for them, including a pair of wins last year.
Other Season 8 middleweight tournament fights are expected to be announced shortly.
The main event of the show has Eduardo Dantas making his first bantamweight title defense against Marcos Galvao.
Bellator 89 takes place from the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, NC on February 14. The preliminary fights will stream on Spike.com and the main card occurs on Spike TV.