Bellator Fighting Championships will hold the first event of their 2012 Summer Series at The Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.V. on Friday, June 22. The event, Bellator 71, will feature the quarterfinals of the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament and will air live on MTV2 at 8 p.m. ET, while the prelims will stream live on at 7 p.m. ET.

Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney commented:

“We’ve been in discussions with the team at Mountaineer Resort for quite some time, looking to bring a major nationally and internationally televised event to this spectacular Casino Resort. When the chance came to host the opener of our Summer Series, we jumped at the chance.”

The light heavyweight tournament bouts featured at Bellator 71 include Canada’s Roger “The Hulk” Hollet vs. Slovakian striker Attila Vegh, former Bellator light heavyweight tournament finalist Rich Hale vs. former heavyweight Beau Tribolet and Finland’s Marcus Vanttinen vs. Brazilian striker Philipe Lins.

The remaining light heavyweight quarterfinal bout at Bellator 71 will include MMA ultra-veteran Travis “Diesel” Wiuff taking on an opponent to be named at a later date. Stay close to ( for the announcement.

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