SHINE Behind The Grind: PROMOTION, PROMOTION, and PROMOTION!

April 27, 2009

Editor’s Note: MMAPayout will be taking a look at the process of bringing a new MMA promotion to market. Freelance writer Rhett Butler will be our guide in sharing the story of the birth of a fight company, Shine Fight Promotions. Shine Fights will debut with “Genesis” in Columbus, Ohio May 9th. Our series will give an inside look to all the steps that have been taken to get the promotion to that point.

SHINE Behind The Grind: An Inside Look at the Making of An MMA Promotion

By Rhett Butler

MMA has truly exploded. From invading the annals of reality television to capturing the attention of corporate behemoths as sponsors, MMA is mainstream. Still outside major promoter’s like the UFC and Affliction pushing the global envelope there lies the foundation of the MMA world: the regional promoter.

Shine Fight Promotions (Shine Fights) lives in this category of regional promoters although they are a hybrid of sorts. Focusing on truly world-class cards that can only elevate the sport for the average MMA layman, Shine looks to consistently bring an entertaining show.

Behind the Grind brings you into the world of Shine Fights making its debut with “Genesis” in Columbus, Ohio May 9th in the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center.

Issue #1: PROMOTION, PROMOTION, and PROMOTION!

What is a fight without the proper marketing and promotion to let the public know what is coming to the city? Shine is no different and as an upstart promotion it is crucial to grab the public’s attention and draw them into this first fight.

The Shine marketing mix: Billboards, TV commercials, Online advertising, Publicity, Radio and Fighter Appearances. The trick is to have everything synched to create a crescendo effect in the minds of the target market. This takes coordination and a huge dose of hurry up and wait.

Bill-Boarding It

Devin Price is a Shine Fights co-owner & brother of fellow co-owner and alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter 6, Dorian Price. Devin spearheads the marketing efforts and one of the major tasks is designing and erecting a billboard in Columbus. The surprise for the public is that the billboard will be in the same place the UFC had theirs when UFC 96 came to Columbus. To see a Shine billboard in place of a Rampage vs. Jardine billboard mentally should trigger some type of reaction; or at least they hope if Dr. Phil is telling the truth about the dormant psyche.

After much grind the billboard was finished and went up in Columbus, OH. The billboard is 14’x48’ is on the main highway in Columbus, OH SR 315. Channel MMA, Columbus, channel!

TV: The Great Legitimizer

Cosby kid Malcolm Jamal-Warner a/k/a Theo Huxtable said it best of his instant rise to fame and legitimacy in Hollywood after doing the play circuit to no fanfare, “TV is the great legitimizer.” Well folks, the fight game is no different and it is a must to have a television presence in the Ohio area. As usual, Devin Price jumped to the task and began putting the first draft of a commercial together with the Marketing Director. After a few rounds of editing the commercial went into final edit and was approved by the whole staff. Even Mr. “Don’t Film Me Bro,” Doran Price made the cut and was happy to see himself on the legitimate maker.

The commercial began airing for the first time on Fox Sports and the Shine Fights staff was ecstatic about the reach and impact they believe it will have. In addition, the commercial will on Fox Sports air during the Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets games, hitting the general sports fan. It will also air on Spike TV and the Versus channel during all Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cage fighting programming, pulling in the MMA-specific fans.

Next Issue: Marketing Is Our Mission

NICK DIAZ Vs. SCOTT “HANDS OF STEEL” SMITH ADDED TO JUNE 6 STRIKEFORCE FIGHT CARD

April 27, 2009

NEW YORK (April 27, 2009)–Fresh off their respective thrilling wins, the versatile Nick Diaz (19-7) and knockout artist Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (17-5) are eager to get back in the cage. The pair will square off on Saturday, June 6, in a special 180-pound showdown during the live SHOWTIME® telecast of Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

“I think this is a great fight for me, but I really hate that (Smith) brings his kids to every one of his fights because now I’m going to be made out to be the bad guy or some sort of villain after I beat him up,” said the 25-year-old Diaz, who shocked the MMA world with his complete dominance of four-time world champion Frank Shamrock in the Strikeforce main event on SHOWTIME from HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday, April 11. “At the end of the day, I’m going to do what I have to do though and take him out.”

Against Shamrock, Diaz demonstrated his versatility. The Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt spent the majority of the match trading strikes—and getting the better of the exchanges. Known for his prowess on the mat, Diaz is also a professional boxer.

Known for his outstanding endurance, Diaz just completed a 5K race and will compete in an upcoming triathlon near his hometown in Stockton, Calif., in order to prepare for what could be a marathon slugfest in the cage with Smith.

Earlier on the “Shamrock vs. Diaz” fight card, the 29-year-old Smith prevailed in a brutal and action-packed fight that surely will be candidate for 2009 Fight of the Year. The thrilling, seesaw battle with middleweight Benji “The Razor” Radach ended when Smith landed one monstrous punch in the middle of the third round.

“I’m pretty much 100% right now, other than some stitches I have that are tender,” said Smith, who returned to training on Monday, April 13, two days after his victory.

“I usually take a few weeks off, get out of shape and go up to about 210 pounds and wind up spending a few weeks just getting back in shape,” he said, “but I decided I wasn’t going to do that this time. I’m 195 pounds right now and I feel great.”

With 15 of his 17 wins having come by way of knockout, Smith, a Muay Thai specialist, has lived up to his nickname. To prepare adequately for Diaz’s grappling capabilities, Smith will work with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Ricardo Barros.

“Diaz is a great fighter,” acknowledged Smith. “He’s going to come in there and out grapple me and out strike me so what I have to do is go in there and beat him up. I actually think this is more of a dangerous fight for him than it is for me.”

Tickets for Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” are on sale at the Scottrade Center box office as well as at all Ticketmaster locations (800-745-3000), Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com), and Strikeforce’s official website (www.strikeforce.com).

The live SHOWTIME telecast of the event begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). In the highly anticipated main event, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (16-4) will face off with fellow top-ranked superstar Jake Shields (22-4-1) in a 182-pound catch weight fight.

Additionally, “The New York Badass” Phil Baroni (13-10) will collide with Joe “Diesel” Riggs (29-10) in a 170-pound contest.

Doors at the Scottrade Center will open for Strikeforce: “Lawler vs. Shields” at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, June 6. The first non-televised preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.

CHICAGO’S ARAGON BALLROOM HOSTS BELLATOR MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS

April 27, 2009

Los Angeles, Calif. – Apr. 27, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships continues its 12 week nationwide world championship series with its seventh event taking place at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on May 15, 2009. The Chicago event will send two warriors to the finals of Bellator’s Welterweight (170 lbs.) world championships.

Returning from his stunning come-from-behind victory against formerly undefeated Norman Paraisy, former UFC Champion Dave Menne will continue his fight to capture the Bellator Fighting Championships Welterweight world championship title against the Dominican Republic’s pride Omar De La Cruz. And continuing his undefeated assault, phenomenon Lyman Good will clash with Mexican powerhouse Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz for a chance to compete for the Bellator World Title in June. All the action will happen live at the Aragon Ballroom Friday, May 15, 2009 and air exclusively on ESPN Deportes on Saturday May 16, 2009.

Bellator VII will award the winning Welterweight warriors with $50,000 each as they move one step closer to the Bellator Welterweight world championships belt and the $100,000 grand prize.

“This Chicago event will be spectacular. We have two single elimination Welterweight world title tournament semi-final bouts, and a collection of very evenly matched special feature fights,” remarked Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney. “In the Bellator World Championship tournament, fighters control their own destiny; they decide who makes it to the world title bout and how much they earn, it’s a magical combination of ability, skill, drive and passion that fuels the fighters in this series.”

Bellator VII on Friday May 15, 2009 will feature two tournament bouts in the Welterweight category and seven undercard matches. Tickets go on sale today at 7pm, Monday Apr. 27, 2009 and are available at the Aragon Ballroom Box Office, Aragon.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800.745.3000. Ticket prices will range from $25 to $100. The fight card is detailed below:

Welterweight World Championship Semi-Final Tournament Bouts:

170 lbs. – Dave Menne (43-15-2) vs. Omar De La Cruz (4-1)

170 lbs. – Jorge Ortiz (16-4) vs. Lyman Good (8-0)

Non-Tournament Bouts:

155 lbs. – Troy Gerhart (4-0) vs. Lorenzo Borgomeo (5-1)

HW – Eddie Sanchez (8-3) vs. Jay White (4-5)

155 lbs. – Alonzo Martinez (22-13-1) vs. Victor Meza (9-1)

170 lbs. – Jesse Juarez (9-5) vs. Marcelo Alfaya (10-5)

170 lbs. – Anthony Lapsley (14-4) vs. Ryan Williams (7-4)

170 lbs. – Jacob Volkman (8-0) vs. Kevin Knabjian (10-3-1)

135 lbs. – Kerry Vera (Pro debut) vs. Leslie Smith (4-0)

For more information about Bellator Fighting Championships, visit www.bellator.com. For the Spanish language version of the website, visit Espanol.Bellator.com. Please contact your local cable provider to learn more about viewing Bellator Fighting Championships on ESPN Deportes.

Ryan Bennett Golf Benefit Being Held

April 26, 2009

A charity golf tournament on Aug. 11, at the Sierra Lakes Golf Club in Fontana, Calif has been organized as a benefit for the Ryan Bennett Foundation. Ken Pavia’s MMA Agents agency are organizing the benefit and you can learn more about the event by visitng the website at http://mmaagents.com/golf.php

Bennett was known in the MMA world for being a co-founder of the MMA Weekly website as well as with his announcing duties with the UFC. Ryan Bennett died May 31, 2006, and left behind a wife and four children. The Ryan Bennett foundation was started to help support his children.

Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Pat Miletich, Mark Coleman, and Dan Henderson are among the multitude of names that have committed to the event. The wide range of people and personalities looking to contribute to the event are a testament to how highly Bennett was thought of in the MMA community. Bennett was a widely respected and much loved figure in the MMA community and the MMA world lost one if its best with his passing. Please help the cause if possible.


Ownership Structure Aides Bellator, Strikeforce

April 26, 2009

Bellator and Strikeforce are the two newest players to the national stage for MMA. One of the small things that may help the two new MMA startups is their ownership structure. The two new players on the MMA scene share an attribute in that both are privately held. Strikeforce is owned by Scott Coker with a significant investment by Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment, which runs the HP Pavilion in San Jose, as well as the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. Bellator is also held privately, with little information known as to who are partners in the new promotion. Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein are listed as founders of Bellator. Rebney is also a partner in BMH Worldwide with Mehmet Çelebi and Chicago PR/marketing executive Hüma Alpaytaç Gruaz. Gruaz’s PR firm handles those duties for the MMA promotion but Celebi’s role, if any, is unknown.

With both being privately held they aren’t required to issue financial statements as to the health of the operation. Both the IFL and ProElite were public companies through stock offerings. Both fell into “pink sheet” status that didn’t require them to file financial statements, but both continued to do so in order to keep the possibility of future financing through stock offerings. In the case of the IFL and ProElite, their 10-Q and 10-K reports where like chum in the water for the sharks in the MMA media who monitored their financial failings with a keen eye. While both companies were being woefully mismanaged, a whole new round of scrutiny and scorn came with each filing of financial info. I think that Bellator and Strikeforce will benefit from not having to face this scrutiny on a regular basis. In this case no news will be good news for the companies. Without the contstant reporting of the big losses that are endemic to startups, they will be able to avoid, partially, a negative perception of their efforts that sometimes is hard to shake.

This isn’t to say that their private status will be a panacea for folks looking with a critical eye. Bodog and Affliction are/were both private companies and their moves were roundly criticized. If the two new start-ups are able to avoid the ostentatious spending of the these two pre-cursors, they should be able to be free to some degree of the negativism that befell both IFL/ProElite as well as Bodog/Affliction.

Fight Biz Quote: Kelly Slater

April 26, 2009

Surfing should be more like the UFC. They’ve done an amazing job turning around the perception of that sport. People don’t think of the UFC as tough guys beating the shit out of one another anymore. They understand how technical it is and that the athletes are good. At our contests, we should have a booth so that surfers can do live interviews for the web when they’re done with heats. We need to build personalities.

–Pro Surfing Legend Kelly Slater, talking to ESPN the Magazine. The UFC has made the leap from alternative sport to one that has made major in roads to becoming on par with the big four sports. Slater puts forth the sentiment that other fringe sports can take a page from the UFC in changing perceptions.

XFC Makes HDNet Debut

April 26, 2009

Knoxville, TN: In the XFC’s first-ever fight card to be broadcast live on national television, the next generation of Mixed Martial Artists hurled haymakers, swapped submission holds, and turned Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee into an all-out warzone.

The end-result was XFC 8: “Regional Conflict,” an event airing live on HDNet that showcased the top emerging talent and most promising up-and-coming fighters in the entire Southeast.

In the televised portion of the fight card, 22-year-old, 264-pound debuting heavyweight Chris “The Beast” Barnett outlasted 60+ fight veteran Johnathan Ivey via unanimous decision. Barnett, a two-time statewide heavyweight high school wrestling champion in Georgia and a third degree Taekwondo black belt, began his MMA training just five months earlier, winning an open tryout with the XFC for a spot in the MTV reality TV series “Made.” The young prodigy dominated the older fighter from the get-go.

“He held position well and was hard to move… he’s just better than me,” said a dejected Ivey. The well-traveled heavyweight from Clarksville, Tennessee had previously battled the likes of Dan Severn, Gan “The Giant” McGee, Ben Rothwell, Ricco Rodriguez, Travis Wiuff, Jake O’Brien, Sam Hoger and Jeremy Horn.

“It was a great experience,” exclaimed an excited Barnett, a native of Athens, Georgia. “I knew he’d try to confuse me with his veteran tricks, but I’m a different breed. I can move! Kicks, flips – I can do it all!”

Jason Wood survived a back-and-forth battle with Derek Schiffer in a 150-pound showdown between twenty-something contenders with a combined 17-3 professional and amateur record. The first round was a close, competitive matchup with both men delivering – and receiving – colossal head-shots. In round two, Wood rocked Schiffer with a vicious volley of cascading punches, forcing the referee to dive atop Schiffer and stop the bout at the 3:41 mark.

In the third fight, ex-University of Tennessee linebacker and “wedge-busting” special teams ace Ovince St. Preux won his blood-feud with light heavyweight Ombey “Kryptonite” Mobley of Tampa, Florida, twisting his ankle and winning by submission 2:36 in round one. Mobley brought a theatrical flair to the contest, mocking St. Preux by dropkicking a Smokey hound dog doll and repeatedly making a “Gator Chomp” gesture in the cage; Smokey is the official mascot of the Tennessee Volunteers.

The highly-partisan crowd loudly booed Mobley throughout the contest, erupting into a crescendo of boisterous cheers when the hometown hero finally upended his Florida challenger.

“It was really satisfying,” said St. Preux, reflecting on his victory. “I was really cranking hard [on the submission hold]. If he hadn’t tapped, he would’ve had a serious injury. This was definitely the highlight of my MMA career.”

Former light heavyweight CT Turner dropped to 185-pounds to face undefeated Julio Gallegos in the fourth fight on HDNet. Both fighters opted to grapple and strike in concussive waves in the first stanza, with neither man able to dominate the other. Arguably, Turner won round one 10-9. But Gallegos began to incrementally deliver the harder and more damaging shots in the second round, locking Turner into a guillotine and refusing to release until he tapped at 2:47.

“There was a little bit of déjà vu,” noted Gallegos, who also bested Turner as an amateur. “I like CT a lot. He’s a good person. In a way it was hard to fight him, because we both overcame adversity – and adversity never overcame us.”

Both Gallegos and Turner experienced homelessness and other serious setbacks in life before discovering the sport of MMA and embarking upon successful professional careers.

In the co-featured bout of the night, Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira faced XFC Lightweight World Champion John Mahlow at the catchweight of 160-pounds, with Mahlow agreeing to defend his title against Oliveira if he lost to the Brazilian-born BJJ black belt and sparring partner of UFC title-holder B.J. Penn. From the very first round, Oliveira utilized his jujitsu prowess to stymie the XFC champion, winning a three-round unanimous decision.

“Rafaello is a good fighter,” said Mahlow afterwards. “No excuses. We’ll see each other again.”

Undefeated MMA heavyweight and former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley was on hand to present the XFC Featherweight World Title Belt to the winner of the Bruce “The Noose” Connors versus Jarrod “The Wild Card” Card fight in the main event. Connors entered the fight as the favorite, boasting a 6-0 record – with all six wins coming by first round knockout or submission. By the end of the night, Connors’ record would receive its first blemish.

Utilizing blazing foot-speed and precision punches, Card confounded Connors, peppering him with strikes from unorthodox angles, slicing his face into a gruesome mask of shredded flesh and free-flowing blood. Connors refused to back down and twice clamped Card into a deep guillotine, but each time the young fighter wrestled free and returned to his feet. Card won the contest – and the XFC world title – via five-round unanimous decision.

“I’m the new guy on the scene,” said an elated Card, who elevated his record to 10-2-1. “I’m more than ready for the next level. I’ll fight anyone.”

For his part, Bobby Lashley – who announced that he’ll finally be fighting for the XFC in September – seemed impressed with the fight card.

“I thought it was an incredible night,” gushed the former two-time ECW world champion. “I was blown away by all the talent in the cage. These guys now know what it’s like to fight in the big show. As for my upcoming fight with the XFC, anyone they want me to take out, I’ll do.”

Veteran sportswriter Dave Link covered XFC 8 for the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, and certainly appeared to enjoy the drama and action.

“I’ve covered all kinds of sports for 25-years but I’ve never covered MMA,” said Link. “This was just great! The entire event was first-class. If I wasn’t covering it, I’d be here as a fan. I’ll definitely be back when the XFC returns.”

For interview requests with XFC president John Prisco or any of the fighters, please contact Scott Pinsker at 727.871.3204, or spinsker@fwv-us.com.

Final results for XFC 8:

Undercard

Devan Plaisance defeated Paul McEntee by TKO, 3:06 in round one

Matt Traylor defeated Richard Boyd by TKO, 4:37 in round one

Corey Krebs defeated Dean Hamilton by TKO, 1:22 in round one

HDNet Fights

Chris Barnett defeated Johnathan Ivey by three-round unanimous decision

Jason Wood defeated Derek Schiffer by TKO, 3:41 in round two

Ovince St. Preux defeated Ombey Mobley by submission (ankle lock) 2:36 in round one

Julio Gallegos defeated CT Turner by submission (guillotine) 2:47 in round two

Rafaello Oliveira defeated John Mahlow by three-round unanimous decision (Oliveira wins guaranteed rematch for Mahlow’s XFC Lightweight World Title)

Jarrod Card defeated Bruce Connors by five-round unanimous decision (Card wins vacant XFC Featherweight Champion)

PPV Expectations for Pacquiao vs Hatton

April 25, 2009

We are about a week out from the showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton and there is much talk about the fight as a barometer as to the health of boxing on PPV. Bob Arum spoke with USAToday about his expectations for the battle between the two:

Anything over 800,000 buys in the United States will be (a success),” says Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank Inc., which promotes Pacquiao. “It looks like it will do as many or more than De La Hoya-Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao-Hatton is the first major PPV bout of the year and a likely candidate for fight of the year. Still, the economy has led to prices being scaled back. The high-end arena tickets are going for $1,000, $500 less than they were for Pacquiao’s eight-round stoppage of De La Hoya. The PPV telecast is selling for $50, $5 less.

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“The Battle of East and West” will air around 3 a.m. there (in the UK), but that shouldn’t have a negative impact. Arum expects about 1 million buys at $23 to $24.

This will be the first big card of the year and should be a tea leave to the fortunes of boxing PPV in the near to mid term. HBO PPV has been intentionally scaled back this year, with more major fights being shifted over to HBO proper. With fewer events on PPV, the ones that are there need to be blockbusters for HBO. There was talk in the article of “pent-up demand”, which the promoter/HBO are counting on but that remains to be seen.

The arena tickets are scaled back, something that has taken place with the UFC as well. The UFC has instituted a decrease in their top end tickets since the economic downturn, with the gates in Vegas seeing a decrease. The boxing crowd is much more high-roller driven so they still have an elevated ticket price in comparison to the UFC, but they are feeling the pinch and adjusting accordingly. The slight drop in the PPV is negligible and really a non-starter as to whether folks will or won’t end up purchasing the card.

The UK buy information for Hatton is interesting. The UK is an avenue for PPV riches where as The Philippines not so much. This is interesting in relation to where the UFC has sought to expand internationally. The UFC has paid lip service to the Filipino market due to stars like Vera, Munoz, and Nover but the rubber is meeting the road over in the UK and mainland Europe. The end game for moves like the Bisping and Hardy pushes and the US vs UK TUF season are to elevate Brit fighters to a level where they can do sizable numbers on UK PPV. Hatton-esque numbers for MMA at this point seem a little far-fetched but are a target to shoot for.

Bellator Semi-Finals Planned For Texas

April 25, 2009

Los Angeles, Calif. – Apr. 24, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships continues its 12 week nationwide world championship series with its sixth event taking place at the Central Pavilion Arena at Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, Texas on May 8, 2009.

The event will feature two semi-final match-ups with the winners each advancing to the finals and becoming just one step away from capturing Bellator’s Featherweight (145 lbs.) world championship title. Each of the semi-final winners from Texas will walk away with fifty-thousand dollars ($50,000).

Returning just three weeks after his dominating quarter-finals win over Henry Martinez, former EliteXC Champion Wilson Reis will continue his fight to capture the Bellator Featherweight world championship title against undefeated All-American wrestler Joe “the Hammer” Soto, in a fight that MMA writers are predicting could be the fight of the entire tournament series. Also continuing his run at the title is Yahir Reyes, fresh from his upset victory over heavily favored opponent Nick “the Ghost” Gonzalez at Bellator I. Reyes will face Estevan “El Terrible” Payan, a converted-Welterweight, for a chance to compete in the world championship final against the winner of the Reis/Soto semi-final bout. All the action happens live at the Central Pavilion Arena in Robstown, Texas Friday, May 8, 2009 and will air exclusively on ESPN Deportes Saturday, May 9, 2009.

“This Texas event really has the makings of a magical night, where some of the world’s very best at 145 pounds come together to determine who the best really are,” said Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We’ve created a tournament that allows fighters to control their own destiny; in fact over the last three weeks our format has resulted in several major upsets where virtual unknown fighters have advanced towards the title by defeating top contenders. As we’ve shown over the last month, anything can happen and will happen Friday, May 8 in Texas. The title is there for the taking and it is up to the fighters to prove who wants it most.”

Bellator VI on Friday, May 8, 2009 will feature two semi-final tournament bouts in the Featherweight category and six undercard matches including former tournament fighters Nick Gonzalez and Luis Palomino, who will square off for a chance of redemption after their prior losses. Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Fairgrounds Box Office, www.RMBFairgrounds.com or by calling 361-387-9002. Ticket prices are $20 and $40. The fight card is detailed below:

Tournament Bouts:

145 lbs. Wilson Reis (7-0) vs. Joe Soto (4-0)

185 lbs. Yahir Reyes (13-5) vs. Estevan Payan (7-1)

Non-Tournament Bouts:

185 lbs. Nick Gonzalez (14-7) vs. Luis Palomino (9-5)

155 lbs. Hector Munoz (7-3) vs. Diego Garijo (3-1)

170 lbs. Jeff Messina (2-1) vs. Sergio Morais (3-0)

145 lbs. Daniel Pineda (8-2) vs. Roberto Vargas (5-0)

145 lbs. Travis Lamb (4-1) vs. Dustin Phillips (9-3)

185 lbs. Bubba McDaniels (13-5) vs. Prince McClean (9-5)

Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights on ESPN Deportes, and the English-language broadcast becomes available each Wednesday at 7 am EST on Bellator.com. The nationally televised events feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There are four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight (170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.

For more information about Bellator Fighting Championships, visit www.Bellator.com. For the Spanish language version of the website, visit Espanol.Bellator.com. Please contact your local cable provider to learn more about viewing Bellator Fighting Championships on ESPN Deportes.

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