Newport Beach, CA. (October 4, 2013) – Reigning Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov will defend his title for the first time as he battles fellow Russian striker Vitaly Minakov on Friday, November 22nd from Pennsylvania’s Sands Event Center live on Spike TV.
The event will air live starting at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV and in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed exclusively on Spike.com starting at 6:30 ET. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or the Sands Casino Event Center Box Office.
The night is also scheduled to host two Bellator Tournament Finals, as well as a loaded preliminary card streamed live onSpike.com.
With a combined record of 31-3 with 21 knockout finishes between the two, the odds of November 22nd’s title fight going the distance seems remote. Minakov stormed onto the American scene completing his run through the Toughest Tournament in Sports, keeping his finishing streak alive at nine.
More information on the fight card will be made available in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/BellatorMMA
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mun2 is the leading Hispanic cable network for young millennial adults 18-34. From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content that resonates across a multi-screen platform. Young, vibrant and unabashedly Latino, mun2 has a distribution to over 38 million households. The network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.