Newport Beach, Calif. (May 8, 2014) – As Bellator’s highly anticipated pay-per-view moves closer, the fight week schedule leading up to Saturday, May 17th has been finalized. Event week activities include, Bellator Open Workouts, Weigh-In’s, various community events, and of course Saturday night’s event, “Chandler vs. Alvarez III”. The full schedule of events can be found below.
“Chandler vs. Alvarez III” will be held at the Landers Center on Saturday, May 17th, with tickets on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com and The Landers Center Box Office.
Bellator Open Workouts: In lieu of a press conference, Bellator is hosting open workouts on Thursday, May 15th from Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu (7859 US Hwy 64 Memphis, TN 38133) and is free and open to the public. Open workouts will begin at 1pm CST on Thursday and will feature Michael Chandler, Eddie Alvarez, Rampage Jackson, King Mo, Tito Ortiz and Alexander Shlemenko, along with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Bellator Weigh-In’s: Bellator will host its weigh-ins inside the Landers Center (4560 Venture Dr, Southaven, MS 38671) on Friday, May 16th at 5pm CST. As always, the event is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live on Bellator.com. The event will feature every fighter competing on the May 17th card, and will feature cage announcer Michael C. Williams, emcee Jimmy Smith, and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. In addition, ESPN FM/Radio and The Gary Parrish Show will be broadcasting live from the Landers Center on Friday from 4pm to 6pm CST.
Bellator: “Chandler vs. Alvarez III”: The Bellator MMA prelims will begin at 6:00 PM CST live on Spike.com. The Spike TV portion of the night begins at 7:00 PM CST, transitioning to pay-per-view at 9:00 PM CST with five fights on pay-per-view, including the trilogy fight between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, along with a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final fight between Rampage Jackson and King Mo, along with Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz.
Bellator Featured at Memphis BBQ Festival: Bellator will be represented at the Memphis World Championship Barbecue Festival and Cooking Contest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the Bellator girls, Jade Bryce and Mercedes Terrell on Friday from 3pm to 5pm. Additionally, fans can win prizes at the Bellator booth with the Bellator Wheel of Prizes and experience what it is like to look like a fighter with the Bellator Fighter Stand-Ups.
The full card can be found below:
Bellator Pay-Per-View Fight Card:
Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Eddie Alvarez (25-3) vs. Michael Chandler (12-1) Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo (12-3) Bellator Light Heavyweight Fight: Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) Bellator Lightweight Fight: Will Brooks (13-1) vs. Nate Jolly (13-5)
Bellator Welterweight Fight: Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)
Bellator Spike TV Fight Card:
Bellator Heavyweight Fight: Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1) Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4) Bellator Lightweight Tournament Final: Patricky Pitbull (13-5) vs. Marcin Held (18-3) Bellator Featherweight Fight: Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)
Bellator Spike.com Fight Card:
Featherweight Feature Fight: Zach Underwood (12-5) vs. Austin Lyons (10-3) Heavyweight Feature Fight: Justin Frazier (6-1) vs. Mike Wessel (13-7) Welterweight Feature Fight: Ben Brewer (6-1) vs. Andy Uhrich (8-4) Welterweight Feature Fight: Anthony Lemon (2-3) vs. Codie Shuffield (4-0) Bantamweight Feature Fight: Cortez Phelia (2-0) vs. Brian Hall (7-2)
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 BellatorMMA">www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA
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Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 140 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 175 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is 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 MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes 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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