James Thompson (left) makes his Bellator debut Friday. Pic by Sherdog. Credit: Jumana Totongi

It was a quick turnaround from the end of Bellator MMA Season 10 to Bellator MMA 2014 Summer Series. It’s here though so let’s look at it:

Summer Series Tournaments

Unlike the 2013 Summer Series which had three 4 man tournaments, the 2014 Summer Series will consist of one 4 man tournament and two 8 man tournaments. The four man tournament will take place in the welterweight division and feature Fight Master Winner Joe Riggs and Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver. The first 8 man tournament will supposedly take place in the bantamweight division. However, no participants have been announced as of yet. Obviously the winner will face the victor of Eduardo Dantes vs. Joe Warren.

On the other hand the participants for the other eight man tournament have been announced which takes place in the light heavyweight division. One of the quarterfinals has in fact already taken place when Liam McGeary defeated Mike Mucitelli by knockout at Bellator 118. The rest of the quarterfinal bouts will take place at Bellator 121, starting off with rising prospects Austin Heidlage and Philip Lins facing off. Then the next two bouts feature a rising prospect against a veteran, starting off with Carlos Eduardo facing veteran Egidijus Valavicius. Finally rising prospect Kelly Anundson faces off agaist UFC veteran Rodney Wallace.

Season 10 Tournament Finals

Due to the mass number of injuries that delayed the finals for three weight classes during season 10, at least two of them will be concluded during the summer series. The two known finals will take place at Bellator 122 on July 25th. First, the welterweight finals will take place with Andrey Koreshkov facing Adam McDonough. Then in the middleweight division, Brett Cooper will be facing off against Brandon Halsey. One can only assume the lightweight finals will take place at Bellator 123 sometime in August between longtime Bellator mainstay Patricky Freire and Marcin Held.

Big Name Debuts

As with the current trend that Bellator has been on for signing big name fighters, several MMA veterans will be making their Bellator debuts during the summer series. First off will be Brit James Thompson making his promotional debut against Bellator mainstay Eric Prindle. Thompson has been fighting for over eleven years and is most well known for his EliteXC bout with Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Then also making his promotional debut at Bellator 121, longtime veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua will face off against Terry Davinney. Sokoudjou has been fighting for almost eight years which included brief Pride, UFC and Strikeforce stints.