Bellator MMA has announced that its March lightweight World Grand Prix would feature eight competitors.

The eight competitors in the Bellator Lightweight World Grand Prix have been chosen by Bellator. Usman Nurmagomedov, the lightweight champion, and AJ McKee, a former featherweight champion, were two of the standouts when the competitors were revealed on Wednesday. On “The MMA Hour,” Bellator President Scott Coker officially announced the development.

To compete at 155 pounds for $1 million and the lightweight title are Nurmagomedov, McKee, Patricky Pitbull, Benson Henderson, Tofiq Musayev, Alexander Shabliy, Mansour Barnaoui, and Sidney Outlaw. Two first-round contests will kick off the Grand Prix on March 10 in San Jose, California. Against former UFC champion Henderson, lightweight champion Nurmagomedov will defend his championship on that card. The advertising revealed that Musayev will square off against Shalbily that same night.

Then, in May, when the promotion comes to Paris, France, Outlaw will square off against Barnaoui. This means that McKee and Pitbull will face off in the first round’s finale at a later time.

The majority of the top boxers in the division compete in the Lightweight World Grand Prix. There are five of the top lightweights in the world, including the current champion. In October, McKee (No. 8) successfully made his lightweight debut by defeating Spike Carlyle. The most intriguing inclusion is Barnaoui, who defeated Adam Piccolotti via tap-out in his Bellator debut despite being unranked at the moment.

Every bout of a Grand Prix battle typically lasts five rounds, with the current champion defending their title.