Bellator returns to Michigan in January for Bellator 87

Bellator MMA recently held their first fight card in Michigan in November and the organization has announced they will return to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort for Bellator 87 on January 31st. Bellator 87

The main card on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET will feature the start of the season eight Bellator lightweight tournament, which will include Patricky Pitbull, Alexander Sarnavskiy and David Rickels.

“Our first event at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was a tremendous success, so we made it a point to get back to Michigan as quickly as we could,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “This Lightweight Tournament live on Spike is stacked with some of the sport’s most exciting finishers, so I expect another night of great fights and a packed arena.”

In today’s announcement of the fight card, Bellator announced three of the four quarterfinal matchups and they are Patricio Pitbull (10-4) vs. Guillaume DeLorenzi (10-1), Thiago Michel (10-3) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (21-1) and Lloyd Woodard (12-2) vs. David Rickels (11-1).

This will be the first time that Rickels takes part in the Bellator lightweight tournament and has no intentions of being intimidated by a fighter with the nickname of “Cupcake.”

“This is just nasty matchup that’s going to be a war,” Rickels said. “Cupcake is a guy that likes to throw down, and come right at you, and like you saw in my fight against Amoussou, I don’t get intimidated by anyone, and certainly not by a guy named cupcake.”

Woodard is ready to welcome his opponent to the Bellator lightweight division and and is ready to make his run for the Bellator championship.

“All I can say is the mountain man from Montana is going to come to Michigan and show this “Caveman” a mountain main ass whooping,” Woodard said. “Fighting on Spike is going to be an incredible experience, and I just can’t wait to get back into that Bellator cage, and make a run through this tournament.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at and The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Box Office. Tickets are priced from $20-$65.