Bellator champion Rory MacDonald, former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov, Michael Page, Neiman Gracie, Ed Ruth, Yaroslav Amosov, Lorenz Larkin and Jon Fitch comprise the field for the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix.
According to MMA Fighting, a 10th fighter will be added at a later date.
The field was announced by Bellator president Scott Coker during a special press conference used to launch DAZN, a broadcasting partner for the promotion.
Lima and Koreshkov will kick things off on September 29 from the SAP Center in San Jose at Bellator 205. It marks a third meeting between the former champions, who each hold a win over the other. That same night, MacDonald takes on middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi for the belt.
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Later this year, the semifinals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix will take place with Chael Sonnen taking on Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader meeting Matt Mitrione. The winner of that tournament also becomes the new heavyweight champion.