The field is set for Bellator's Season 9 featherweight tournament, and it will feature two recent title challengers and a UFC veteran.
Bellator 99 returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Sept. 13. The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between the recently signed Vladimir Matyushenko (26-7 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and former champion Christian M'Pumbu (18-5-1 MMA, 3-2 BFC), and the featherweight tournament's opening round starts the same night.
The Season 9 featherweight tournament includes opening-round bouts featuring Patricio Freire (17-2 MMA, 5-2 BFC) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC), Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-5 MMA, 1-2 BFC), Desmond Green (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro and Andrew Fisher (12-4-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Joe Taimanglo (18-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC).
Bellator MMA officials on Thursday announced the event's main card. Bellator visited the same venue earlier this year for Bellator 92, part of Season 8. Bellator 99 will have a main card that airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.