Newport Beach, Cali. (August 1, 2012) — Former Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez is set to return to the Bellator cage when he battles “The Brazilian Highlight Reel” Patricky Pitbull at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on Friday, October 12. The night will also feature the quarterfinals of the Season 7 Featherweight Tournament, as well as a host of International and Canadian talent looking to collect big wins inside the Bellator cage.
Tickets start at $35 Canadian and go on sale at noon EST on Friday, August 10. Ticket purchases can be made through caesarswindsor.com, Ticketmaster.ca or Bellator.com or at the Caesars Windsor Box Office located in the main casino building on the second floor, open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 8 pm. On concert days, the Box Office is open noon until midnight. Guests must be 19 years of age or older to attend concerts and to enter the casino and all other outlets. Prices listed do not include applicable taxes and fees. via CaesarsWindsor.com or by visiting Ticketmaster.ca or Bellator.com.
After holding the Bellator Lightweight Title for over two years, Alvarez was submitted by reigning Bellator Champion Michael Chandler is the consensus 2011 Fight Of The Year (Watch Here: http://bit.ly/uoaoCE). Alvarez quickly rebounded, as the Top 10 lightweight collected one of the most fulfilling wins of his career after earning a long awaited win over submission ace Shinya Aoki at Bellator 66. With momentum on his side, Alvarez is primed for an explosive showdown at Bellator 76.
“After hearing Bellator wanted to put this fight together, I really don’t think they could have made a better matchup for the fans to enjoy,” Alvarez said. “Pitbull has proven to be a legitimate threat in the past and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m already in Florida training for this fight, so I’m taking it incredibly seriously.”
For Pitbull, the explosive Brazilian lightweight and former Bellator Lightweight Tournament Finalist is no stranger to the big finish, with knockout wins over MMA veterans Rob McCullough, Toby Imada and Kurt Pellegrino. After suffering a small fracture to his left arm at the hands of Lloyd Woodard, Pitbull is ready to re-enter the Bellator cage and collect the biggest victory of his already impressive career.
“October 12 is going to be a big test for me, but I’m very happy for this fight, and the opportunity Bellator is giving me to fight someone like Eddie Alvarez,” Pitbull said. “I can’t put into words the emotion I’m feeling from thinking about this fight. I’m a warrior, and I always fight for pride. I want this fight, and I’m going to give the fans a show.”
“Eddie and Pitbull are two of the most explosive, dynamic Lightweights in MMA. This is a fight I’ve wanted to see for the last two years,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “And now, it’s happening at a really spectacular venue in Windsor at Caesars. This will be an unbelievable night of fights highlighted by two of the best lightweight fighters in the world. I’m counting the days to October 12th.”
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About Caesars Windsor
Caesars Windsor is the largest casino resort in Canada and the first of its kind outside of the U.S. to be branded with this legendary, world-renowned name. Proud recipient of the CAA/AAA Four Diamond hotel award and the 2011 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its gourmet steakhouse, Neros. Voted “Overall Best Gaming Resort” for 12 consecutive years and “Best Overall Entertainment” by Casino Player Magazine. In 2011, the Colosseum was ranked Top 25 Worldwide Theatre Venus by Pollstar® for a second year. Follow Caesars Windsor on www.facebook.com/CaesarsWindsor and on Twitter @CaesarsWindsor.
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