With a pair of glaring spots open for the upcoming Bellator bantamweight grand prix, four fighters will compete next month for the opportunity to fill them.
Promotional officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Thursday that Bellator 278 has added two bantamweight grand prix qualifying matchups. Jornel Lugo will face Danny Sabatello, while Josh Hill takes on Enrique Barzola at the April 22 event in Honolulu, Hawaii, with the two winners moving on to the tournament officially. CBS Sports first reported the changes.
Lugo (8-0) is 4-0 inside the Bellator cage, including a recent win over Brian Moore this past month at Bellator 275. Sabatello will make his second Bellator appearance after spoiling the promotional debut of former UFC competitor Brett Johns at Bellator 259 this past May.
Hill, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, bounced back from a decision loss to Raufeon Stots this past May with a second-round KO of Jared Scoggins at December’s Bellator 272 event. Barzola made his promotional debut in his first fight outside of the UFC in January where he defeated Darion Caldwell at Bellator 273.