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Bellator MMA gets back underway this week after an extended winter break. And they aren’t wasting any time delivering a stacked card that features both ex-UFC champion “Rampage” Jackson and ex-Strikeforce champion “King Mo” Lawal. To add a bit of interest, should both combatants win their opening round tournament fights, we will see a Jackson/Lawal matchup in the light heavyweight finals. Both men seem to have put their differences in the past, but one has to imagine that some bad blood would boil to surface if they find themselves on a collision course for the title.

The entire card is as follows and the main card can be seen FREE on Spike TV. The event goes down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. For ticket information visit for more information.

MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET)

Light Heavyweight Tournament: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Christian M’Pumbu

Light Heavyweight Tournament: “King Mo” Lawal vs. Mikhail Zayats

Featherweight Tournament: Diego Nunes vs. Matt Bessette

Featherweight Tournament: Mike Richman vs. Desmond Green

Featherweight Tournament: Daniel Weichel vs. Scott Cleve


Featherweight Tournament: Goiti Yamauchi vs. Will Martinez

Light Heavyweight: Egidijus Valavicius vs. Atanas Djambazov

Featherweight: Andrew Fisher vs. Saul Almeida

Lightweight: Ryan Quinn vs. Andrew Calandrelli

Heavyweight: Chris Birchler vs. Josh Diekman

Bantamweight: Jake Smith vs. Rico DiSciullo

Light Heavyweight: Pat Schultz vs. Dave Roberts

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