Newport Beach, CA. – The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CST at Exhibit Hall A & C inside US Cellular Center (370 1st Ave E, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401). Bellator MMA will take place from the US Cellular Center on Friday, October 18th with the first fight taking place at 6:00 p.m. CST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.
All participants from Friday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney.
The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.
As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media.
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Brent Weedman (22-8-1) vs. Rick Hawn (16-2)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Ron Keslar (10-3) vs. War Machine (14-4)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Kendall Grove (18-13) vs. Joe Vedepo (14-6)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Eric Prindle (8-3) vs. Peter Graham (8-5)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Bradley (20-5) vs. Karl Amoussou (16-5-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Rod Montoya (15-15) vs. Paul Sass (13-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Rob Emerson (12-10) vs. Jared Downing (9-3)
Catchweight Feature Fight (160lbs): Brandon Girtz (9-3) vs. Mike Estus (3-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Derek Loffer (4-1) vs. Cliff Wright Jr. (7-5)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Andrew Tieva (6-0) vs. Chris Lane (8-10)
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA
About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 115 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.
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