The Bellator promotion is heading back to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on Friday, October 5. The night will feature the quarterfinals of the Season 7 Heavyweight Tournament, as well as a host of local talent.
The event will broadcast starting at 7 p.m. CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT, with the preliminary streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Bellator President and CEO, Bjorn Rebney commented on coming back to Indiana:
“From the sold out crowd to the incredible fights, our first visit to Horseshoe Casino in Hammond was something I will never forget, so getting back to The Venue was something I wanted to get done immediately. Our heavyweights always bring a great show with huge power and big KO’s, so our fans in the Chicago area should be in for a great night of fights October 5.”
The main event will feature the often delayed heavyweight bout between Eric Prindle and Thiago “Big Monster” Santos. The two fighters were supposed to fight at Bellator 62, but weight problems forces Santos to withdraw from the bout.
MMA veteran Brett Rogers will also make his second appearance inside the Bellator cage. Rogers was victorious in his Bellator debut and will be taking on Russian heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov in tournament action.Rogers commented on what to expect from him on October 5th:
“I love to fight, and after the win against Kevin [Aslpund], it gave me even more motivation to keep training hard and getting in there and do exactly what I know I can do, and give the fans a show. I want all the fans to know Brett Rogers is back. I’m training the hardest I ever have at ATT in Coconut Creek, and just getting ready to show everyone what I can do.”
Also on the card is MMA veteran Chase Beebe as he’ll be returning to the cage for the first time in over a year. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow (www.prommanow.com) for future Bellator news.