Newport Beach, CA. (December 22nd, 2012) – After an incredibly successful Bellator debut at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Bellator MMA will return to Mount Pleasant, Michigan on January 31st for the premiere event of the $100,000 Lightweight Tournament Championship, featuring Brazilian Knockout artist Patricky Pitbull, Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard and David “The Caveman” Rickels. Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at StarTickets.com, Bellator.com and The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Box Office. Tickets are priced from $20-$65.
The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 10 p.m. EST on Spike, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed LIVE and FREE on Spike.com starting at 8 p.m. EST.
After a convincing win in front of a raucous Soaring Eagle crowd, “The Caveman” returns as David Rickels is set for an opening round showdown against Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard. Two of the most explosive lightweights in the division, both men have their sights set on a tournament crown and the $100,000 payday that awaits the winner.
“This is just nasty matchup that’s going to be a war,” Rickels said. “Cupcake is a guy that likes to throw down, and come right at you, and like you saw in my fight against Amoussou, I don’t get intimidated by anyone, and certainly not by a guy named cupcake.”
“All I can say is the mountain man from Montana is going to come to Michigan and show this “Caveman” a mountain main ass whooping,” Woodard said. “Fighting on Spike is going to be an incredible experience, and I just can’t wait to get back into that Bellator cage, and make a run through this tournament.”
In possibly the most intriguing tournament matchup featured, knockout artist and world class kickboxer Thiago Michel is back with Bellator and set to battle the 21-1 Russian phenom Alexander “Tiger” Sarnavskiy. Both competitors are coming off recent victories, and are primed to keep the momentum going in Bellator’s stacked Lightweight Tournament.
After engaging in one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2012 with lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez, Patricky Pitbull is back and set to battle Montreal native Guillaume DeLorenzi in quarterfinal action. DeLorenzi impressed Bellator brass with a dominating submission victory last year and “IL Toro” is ready for his first taste of tournament action on January 31st.
The preliminary card will be featured by Central Michigan alum and rising star Jason “The Finisher” Fischer. The Michigan native suffered a tough luck loss at the hands of Rickels last year, but at only 27, the sky is limit for the promising lightweight.
“To have the chance to fight again in front of friends, family and fans is a dream come true,” Fischer said. “I wasn’t happy with my first performance, and I’ve got my eyes on a big win in front of the Soaring Eagle crowd.”
“Our first event at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was a tremendous success, so we made it a point to get back to Michigan as quickly as we could,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “This Lightweight Tournament live on Spike is stacked with some of the sport’s most exciting finishers, so I expect another night of great fights and a packed arena.”
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
About Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 107 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.
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