The Bellator Fighting Championship promotion is lining up a terrific card for the Bellator 73 event that’s set to take place on August 24th at the Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi. The main event will feature Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran defending his title against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.
Also taking place will be the Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament Championship between Marcos Galvo and Luis Nogueira. The third championship bout will feature the Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship.
This will be Curran’s first title defense since taking the belt away from former champion Joe Warren. Below Curran spoke on the opportunity:
“This fight with Patricio is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Curran said. “This will be my first title defense, and I just want to get back in the cage and keep developing as a fighter. Pitbull is an outstanding fighter, so this should be a great fight.”
Freire’s lone loss came at the hands of Joe Warren, but Freire has overcome a lot just to be in this position since the loss. Below Freire spoke on the opportunity:
“I’m very happy and relieved this fight is finally happening,” said Pitbull. “I’ve been through a lot with my hand injury and can’t wait to get back in the cage. I’m 100 percent now and all I want is to fulfill my dream of getting the belt and pay tribute to my late teacher Bruno Gouvea. He’s the reason I’m here today and he’ll be with me in spirit cageside watching his work pay off. All is can say is Pat better be ready. I’ve never been so motivated for a fight, and I’ve never wanted the belt so much.”
The event will take place LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX with the preliminary fights being streamed online at Spike.com. As the largest casino resort between Atlantic City and Las Vegas, Harrah’s Tunica offers a state of the art, 2,300 seat event center perfect for live MMA action. Along with 140,000 square feet of casino entertainment, the resort is also home to Willows Sporting Clays & Hunting Center.
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