CHICAGO, Ill. (February XX, 2012) — In anticipation of Bellator 60 at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, Bellator Fighting Championships will be hosting a fighter open workout for media from 12 – 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, March 7 in the Purdue Room of The Courtyard Marriott in Hammond, Indiana. The workout will be attended by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney as well as Bellator 60 fighters, which include Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren, Featherweight title contender and Crystal Lake, Ill. fighter Pat Curran, electric Season 6 featherweight tournament participants Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra, Marlon Sandro and Ronnie Mann as well as Indianapolis fighter and former UFC veteran Sean McCorkle. There will be a workout session followed by an interview/Q&A opportunity with each fighter. One-on-ones will be made available with each fighter and Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. The schedule will be:Wednesday, March 7 – 12Noon CT – 2 p.m. CTCourtyard Marriott (Purdue Room) – 7730 Corinne Drive · Hammond, Indiana 46323 12Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT – Joe Warren
12:30 – 1 p.m. CT – Alexandre “PoPo” Bezerra / Marlon Sandro
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT – Sean McCorkle / Ronnie Mann
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. CT – Pat Curran
*Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney will be on-site and available for one-on-one interviews.
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More info on Bellator 60: The Chicago-based Bellator Fighting Championships heads back to the Chicago area as Crystal Lake, Illinois’ own Pat Curran (@PatCurranMMA) will take on current Bellator Featherweight Champion “The Baddest Man on the Planet” Joe Warren (@JoeWarrenMMA) LIVE from The Venue at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on Friday, March 9. Tickets for this event are on sale and are available at The Horseshoe Casino, Ticketmaster, www.thevenue-chicago.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are priced from $42-$107. The event will broadcast starting at 7 p.m. CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT, with the first fight scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. The preliminary card will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 6 p.m. CT.
Also on this big night in Hammond, the Season 6 Featherweight Tournament kicks off as Season 5 finalist Marlon Sandro (@351marlon) takes on Roberto Vargas (@RobertoVargas45). A member of the renowned Team Nova Uniao, the 19-3 Sandro is widely regarded as one of the top featherweights in the world. With seven of his 19 wins coming via KO/TKO and three by submission, don’t blink when the dangerous Brazilian enters the Bellator cage. A former wrestler at Cal-State Bakersfield, Vargas has used his wrestling pedigree and parlayed that success into a 12-1 mixed martial arts record with three knockouts and four submissions. Born in Thailand and raised in England, the UK’s best featherweight Ronnie Mann (@RonnieMannMMA) has the talent and drive to make a deep run in this season’s tournament. A tenacious standup fighter with 10 submission victories on his record, the 20-4 fighter has possibly his toughest test to date when he takes on dangerous veteran Wagnney Fabiano (@wagnneyfabiano). The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former WEC fighter holds an impressive 14-3 record and adds another true contender to this season’s featherweight tournament.Top featherweight prospect Alexandre “PoPo” Bezerra (@Alexandre_popo) enters his first Bellator tournament and will face stiff competition in his quarterfinal matchup as the 12-1 submission ace battles fellow Brazilian Genair da Silva. “Junior PDQ” is coming off an impressive victory at Bellator 52, and will be looking to carry that momentum into the tournament on March 9Daniel Straus (@DanielStraus) returns to the Bellator cage after nearly a year. Straus made a dominant run through the Season 4 Featherweight Tournament, only being stopped by eventual tournament Champion Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) in the finals. When the Ohio native steps into the cage on March 9, it will be against the undefeated Jeremy Spoon (@JeremySpoon), who brings a spotless 12-0 record to the cage, including eight submission victories.