Bellator president Scott Coker announced on "Ariel Helwani's MMA Show" on Monday the opening-round matchups for the promotion's featherweight grand prix.
Notable fights include featherweight champion Patricio Freire defending his title against Juan Archuleta at Bellator 228 on Sept. 28. Because "Pitbull's" title is on the line, this will be a five-round fight, unlike the rest of the opening-round bouts.
On that same card, former 135-pound champion Darrion Caldwell will move up a weight class to battle Henry Corrales. Meanwhile, 24-year-old AJ McKee puts his unblemished record on the line against Georgi Karakhanyan.
Bellator 226 will feature former 145-pound title holders Pat Curran and Daniel Straus facing Adam Borics and Derek Campos, respectively, in their opening-round bouts Sept. 7. UFC veteran Sam Sicilia will also be on the card against Pedro Carvalho.
All fights will be scheduled for five rounds from the second round onward. The winner of Freire vs. Archuleta will carry the belt throughout the tournament. Bouts after the opening rounds will be determined by a random draw.
Here's an updated look at Bellator 226 and Bellator 228:
Bellator 226: San Jose, Calif. - Sept. 7
Bellator 228: Inglewood, Calf. - Sept. 28