Welch (10-4) won at Intense Cage Fighting this past March by first round rear naked choke in his return to the Montana cage. He was a part of the Bellator’s “Fight Master” reality series, losing the opening round of the tournament. Since then, Welch has been training at the MMA Lab in Phoenix, Arizona with UFC fighters Benson Henderson, Jamie Varner, and Efrain Escudero.
Welch will be facing Derek Campos (13-3) in the opening round of the tournament who has won four straight.
The match will air on Spike TV Friday night, and with fight night viewing party will be held at the Sting Sports bar in Great Falls.