3 reasons to watch the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix

There are many reasons to watch the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, but here are just three.

Bellator will return to the fight scene in 2021 with a huge Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. On Tuesday, Bellator announced that Corey Anderson, Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, Ryan Bader, Lyoto Machida, Anthony Johnson, Yoel Romero, Vadim Nemkov, and Phil Davis.

Three of those names, Anderson, Johnson, and Romero, are recent signings with Anderson debuting in the promotion to close out 2020, and the other two men making their Bellator debut in the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

So what should fans keep an eye out for in this Grand Prix?

Here are three things to watch

Lyoto Machida’s last ride?

Lyoto Machida is a legend and is riding a two-fight losing streak but to current middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and one of the best 205 guys in the world in Phil Davis. Not slouches by any means. However, Machida is 42-years-old and will be 43 at the end of May. At his age, getting title shots aren’t easy, so if Machida isn’t able to pull off the win during this Grand Prix, he may not have another shot.

Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero

This fight alone is the only reason you need to tune in for the first round of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. Johnson’s been off for a few years, and Romero is coming off of three straight losses and a 1-4 stretch over his last fight. He’s had some tough fights but the hope is that he can correct his ways against Johnson. These guys are two of the baddest, hardest hitters for any light heavyweight division in the world, and fans are going to love this matchup.

Phil Davis’ trying to take the next step

People will wake up about Phil Davis soon, as he’s one of the true greats of the light heavyweight divisions. He’s 22-5, with his only losses coming to Johnson, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashard Evans and former Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (twice), and current Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov. Davis himself is a former champion in Bellator’s light heavyweight division and has wins over Machida (twice), Glover Teixeria, Muhammed Lawal, Liam McGeary, and Karl Albrektsson. If Davis wins this Grand Prix, he’ll be an all-time great without a doubt.