Bellator light heavyweight grand prix gets shakeup with bouts shifted

The Bellator light heavyweight grand prix received a shakeup Friday – but don’t worry: All four quarterfinal matchups are still on.

Bellator announced Friday that Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov – originally scheduled for April 9 – has been moved back one week to Bellator 257 on April 16. In addition, the highly anticipated bout between former UFC title challengers Anthony Johnson and Yoel Romero also has been postponed – from April 16 to May 7 at Bellator 258.

No reason was given for the change in dates. Both grand prix bouts will serve as the co-main events of Bellator 257 and Bellator 258, which take place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

With the changes, below are the updated lineups for Bellator 256, 257 and 258:

Bellator 256

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Vanessa Porto
  • Adam Borics vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Olivia Parker vs. Cat Zingano

PRELIMS (Bellator YouTube, MMA Junkie)

  • Tony Johnson vs. Dalton Rosta
  • Jessica Borga vs. Talita Nogueira
  • Cass Bell vs. Jornel Lugo
  • Nathan Ghareeb vs. Cody Law
  • Jaylon Bates vs. Jeffrey Glossner
  • Nainoa Dung vs. Izzy William
  • Diana Avsaragova vs. Tara Graff
  • John Douma vs. Will Smith

Bellator 257

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis
  • Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
  • Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Veta Arteaga vs. Desiree Yanez

PRELIMS (Bellator YouTube, MMA Junkie)

  • Aiden Lee vs. Aaron Pico
  • Lance Gibson Jr. vs. Marcus Surin
  • Grachik Bozinyan vs. Demarques Jackson
  • John DeJesus vs. Alfred Khashakyan

Belllator 258

MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Juan Archuleta vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero
  • James Gallagher vs. Patchy Mix

PRELIMS (Bellator YouTube, MMA Junkie)

  • Josh Hill vs. Raufeon Stots
  • Weber Almeida vs. Johnny Soto
  • Johnny Eblen vs. Daniel Madrid
  • Henry Corrales vs. Keith Lee
  • Bryce Logan vs. Alan Omer

Source- MMA news: Bellator shifts Johnson vs. Romero, one other GP bout (

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