Bellator 116 preview: Heavyweight Tournament semifinals plus Coy/McDonough, Beltran/Matyushenko

A once-over on tonight's Bellator 116 fight card, which features the semifinal round of this season's Heavyweight Tournament, one Welterweight Tournament semifinal and a solid undercard.

Bellator 116 kicks off tonight from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Top billing is shared by the heavyweight semifinalists: Blagoi Ivanov vs. Lavar Johnson in the main event and Siala-Mou Siliga, aka "Mighty Mo," vs. Alexander Volkov in the co-main slot. Half of the welterweight semifinals will also transpire as Nathan Coy meets Adam McDonough while Joey Beltran meets Vladimir Matyushenko in a light-heavyweight feature fight.

The preliminary lineup is a strong one: last season's unexpected welterweight finalist Ron Keslar, who choked out War Machine in the semis, clashes with star Judoka Karo Parisyan, former TUF/UFC product Rob Emerson takes on Joe Taimanglo and Joe Pacheco tangles with Brandon Halsey in the leftover bout from the Middleweight Tournament.

Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for live results and play-by-play followed by officials results with gifs of all the evening's goodies.


Bellator 116 Main Card (Spike TV at 9:00 p.m. ET)

Lavar Johnson vs. Blagoi Ivanov -- Heavyweight Tournament semifinals

Nathan Coy vs. Adam McDonough -- Welterweight Tournament semifinals

Siala-Mou Siliga vs. Alexander Volkov -- Heavyweight Tournament semifinals

Joey Beltran vs. Vladimir Matyushenko -- Light-Heavyweight feature fight

Preliminary Card (Spike.com and Bloody Elbow at approx. 6:45 p.m. ET)

Ron Keslar vs. Karo Parisyan

Rob Emerson vs. Joe Taimanglo

Keith Berry vs. Dave Vitkay

Poppies Martinez vs. Josh Smith

Brandon Bender vs. Mario Navarro

Brandon Halsey vs. Joe Pacheco -- Middleweight Tournament semifinal

Andy Murad vs. Ricky Rainey

Travis Clark vs. Philipe Lins

Carlos Eduardo vs. Rodney Wallace

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