CHICAGO, Ill. (November 4, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships makes its return to Canada on Saturday, November 12th as the promotion hosts Bellator 57 from Casino Rama LIVE on MTV2, and in commercial-free HD on EPIX2 with two full hours of preliminary fights streamed live and in HD on Spike.com.
In a night filled with high-stakes fights, Ben Saunders takes on Douglas Lima in the Welterweight Tournament Finals, while Alexander Shlemenko will battle Vitor Vianna for a $100,000 and a guaranteed title shot against current Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard. The action begins at 5 p.m. ET with a stacked undercard streaming LIVE and FREE around the globe on Spike.com, including a number of fighters looking to impress the Ontario crowd.
Promising featherweight prospect Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra will have his eyes on his seventh straight victory when he battles UFC veteran and Alaska native Doug Evans. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt under the renowned Roberto Godoi, Bezerra moved to the States to become a trainer at Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Known by his teammates and fans simply as “Popo,” Bezerra is 3-0 with Bellator and has finished his opponents in all three of his victories.
Denis Puric, who calls Ohsweken home, will be in action against Windsor native Chuck Mady in a bantamweight feature. Mady has finished all five of his victories, and will be looking to make it six with a victory over Puric.
Lightweights collide as Josh Shockley will take on Bellator newcomer Eric Moon. Shockley has his sights set on collecting his first Bellator victory after falling to hands of long-time Bellator veteran Toby Imada at Bellator 36. Shockley was a last-minute addition to the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament and is eager to get back into the cage.
Two Canadian born lightweights meet when Orillia’s own Mike Sledzion battles Taylor Solomon, who calls Ohsweken home.
The night rounds out with Matt Van Buren squaring off with Ontario resident Shawn Levesque in a light heavyweight affair. After an impressive amateur run, Van Buren turned pro less than two years ago and has compiled a spotless 4-0 record in that time.