Bellator & MTV2 Bring Season 4 Tournament Final & Lombard vs. Vitale to New Jersey with Bellator 44 at Caesars Atlantic City

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 23, 2011) — It’s official, Bellator Fighting Championships will make its first visit to New Jersey with Bellator 44 on May 14, 2011 at Caesars Casino Hotel in the nationally renowned resort town of Atlantic City.  The event will air LIVE on MTV2.

Bellator 44 will be headlined by a Super Fight featuring reigning Bellator World Middleweight Champion and former Judo Olympian Hector Lombard against dangerous Hawaiian UFC veteran Falaniko Vitale as well as a Season 4 Tournament finals pairing in a yet to-be-announced weight class.

“This is a great partnership for us; Atlantic City is a classic fight town and New Jersey is a hotbed for mixed martial arts, so it was a natural fit,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “And, Hector vs. Falaniko should be a great fight.”

Lombard – who holds the Bellator record for fastest KO with a six-second stoppage of Jay Silva – is currently riding a 21 fight unbeaten streak and boasts a professional record of 27-2-1 which includes 14 TKO or KOs.  Winning eight of his last 10 fights, Vitale is currently on a three-fight win streak and brings an impressive 29-9 professional record to the fight, including 9 TKO or KOs and 16 submission victories.

Tickets for Bellator 44 will go on sale on March 23, 2011 on

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About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago.  Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

About MTV2

MTV2 is a man’s best friend, available in nearly 80 million homes and with the highest concentration of males 12-24 and 12-34 on TV today. A vibrant mix of music, lifestyle and action sports programming, MTV2 has reflected the habits and behavior of young people since its launch in 1996. MTV2 is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

About Caesars Atlantic City

Caesars Atlantic City sets the standard for excitement and luxury. Reigning at the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Caesars features more than 1,100 hotel guest rooms and suites, eight diverse restaurants and cafes including Mia by George Perrier and Chris Scarduzio and Morton’s Steakhouse, Qua Baths & Spa, and a lavish 140,000 square foot casino. The 1,600 seat Circus Maximus Theater spotlights leading entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow and Tony Bennett. The Pier Shops at Caesars deliver the pinnacle of designer boutiques, chic eateries and abundant entertainment in a $175 million oceanfront complex. Caesars is located at 2100 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 1-800-223-7277 or visit

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