Bellator | Roy Nelson-Matt Mitrione Tournament Bout Set As Bellator 194 Headliner On Feb. 16

Promotion officials revealed the news on Tuesday. Bellator 194takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Feb. 16.The event will be broadcast on the Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8p.m. CT. Additional bouts will be announced in the comingweeks.

Nelson vs. Mitrione is one of four quarterfinal matchups booked forthe heavyweight bracket over the first five months of 2018. QuintonJackson and Chael Sonnen will kick things off at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20; FedorEmelianenko and Frank Mir willmeet in April and Ryan Bader and MuhammedLawal will square off in May.

Nelson and Mitrione initially squared off at “The Ultimate Fighter16” finale in December 2012, with “Big Country” winning viafirst-round technical knockout. Nelson signed with Bellator earlierthis year and made his debut at Bellator 183, where he earned aunanimous verdict over JavyAyala .

Mitrione signed with the California-based promotion in 2016following a 14-bout stint with the UFC. He has kicked off hisBellator tenure with KO/TKO wins against CarlSeumanutafa , OliThompson and Emelianenko.

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