Shonie Carter vs. Torrance Taylor and slew of local talent finalizes Bellator 25 in Chicago Aug. 19th

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 16th, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the completion of the Local Feature Fights for Bellator 25 when the promotion  returns to the historic Chicago Theatre.

Joining an exciting welterweight fight between the colorful, seasoned Chi-town veteran Shonie Carter (49-24) and battle-tested Torrance Taylor (8-7) slated as the local main event, the promotion today confirmed four additional talent-rich fights for the Fox Sports Net event.

In a battle of Chicago natives, up-and-coming Kevin Knabjian (10-4) faces 14-year MMA veteran Brian Gassaway (28-19) in a welterweight contest that will serve as the Local Co-Main Event. Both Knabijan and Gassaway will be hungry for a win after dropping their last respective fights, which should provide fans with an explosive match-up at 170 lbs.

Hailing from Indiana, UFC and Strikeforce veteran John Kolosci (14-6) will take on undefeated fast-rising Chicagoan Kenny Robertson (9-0) in a 170 lbs. fight.

Also on the card is Hawaiian-born Chicago native Keoki Cypriano facing off against Chicago-based fighter Eric Kriegermeier in a lightweight battle.

““It’s great to be producing another nationally televised show in our own back-yard in partnership with Madison Square Garden at the venerable Chicago Theatre.” Our four televised fights combined with a great group of feature fight should make for a spectacular night

Bellator 24’s main card includes:

  • Undefeated heavyweight sensation Damian “The Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (12-0) makes his US debut meeting dangerous ground-and-pound specialist Scott Barrett (10-1);
  • The hard-hitting Zoila “Warrior Princess” Frausto (7-1) faces off with undefeated Jessica Pene (7-0) in electrifying women’s tournament action;
  • And Bellator Season 2 Welterweight Finalist Dan Hornbuckle (21-3) returns to the cage when he clashes with heavy-handed UFC veteran “Bad” Brad Blackburn (17-11-1).
  • The Highly anticipated match-up between Spanish submission ace Rogent Lloret (9-1-1) and undefeated former two-time NCAA Wrestling Champion Cole Konrad (4-0).

Tickets for the event – which will also be broadcast LIVE nationwide on FOX Sports Net along with action-packed highlight shows that will air on NBC Saturday nights – are on sale now at


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