A quartet of match-ups have been finalized to kick off Bellator's season-six featherweight tournament.
Season-five finalist Marlon Sandro (20-3) takes on former NCAA wrestler Roberto Vargas (12-1), English submission ace Ronnie Mann (24-4-1) fights WEC veteran Wagnney Fabiano (14-3), feared Brazilian Alexandre Bezerra (12-1) faces countryman Genair da Silva (11-4), and season-four finalist Daniel Straus (17-4) clashes with unbeaten Jeremy Spoon (12-0) on the main card of Bellator 60.
Bellator officials confirmed the bookings on Thursday.
A 34-year-old veteran out of Nova Uniao, Sandro recently rebounded from his tourney finals loss to Curran by submitting Rafael Dias early in the first round at Bellator 58. He'll now take on Vargas, a California-native riding high on a six-fight win streak.
Known as "Kid Ninja," the 25-year-old Mann hopes to continue his recent success after ripping through wins in five of his last six fights, capped by a first-round submission of Kenny Foster in October. Across the cage, onetime WEC contender Fabiano returns to action after a 16-month layoff following a loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Grappling specialist Bezerra enters the tournament red-hot after defeating UFC veteran Doug Evans via first-round ankle lock at Bellator 57 to punctuate a run of seven consecutive finishes. Meanwhile, fellow Brazilian da Silva arrives on his own sizzling run, having tasted victory in six of his last seven contests, five of which were finishes.
Lastly, the 27-year-old Straus returns to the Bellator cage for the first time since snapping a twelve-fight win streak with a disappointing loss to Patricio Freire at season-four's featherweight finals. He'll be out for revenge when he faces Spoon, an unbeaten Oklahoman who recently bested Adam Schindler in his Bellator debut.
The winner of season-six's 145-pound tournament receives a $100,000 grand prize and guaranteed title shot against the Bellator featherweight champion.
Bellator 60 takes place Friday, March 9, at The Venue at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, and will air live on MTV2. Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren defends his title against 2011 "Summer Series" tourney winner Pat Curran in the night's main event.
Bellator 60 fight card:
Featherweight championship: Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran
Featherweight quarterfinals: Marlon Sandro vs. Roberto Vargas
Featherweight quarterfinals: Ronnie Mann vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Featherweight quarterfinals: Alexandre Bezerra vs. Genair da Silva
Featherweight quarterfinals: Daniel Straus vs. Jeremy Spoon