Prelim Card Features 2 Tournament Finals & More
Newport Beach, Calif. (April 18, 2014) – Four explosive fights have just been added to the Bellator 120 fight card including the return of Cheick Kongo, along with two Bellator Tournament Finals. Bellator 120 takes place on Saturday, May 17th from The Landers Center, located just outside Memphis. The night begins on Spike at 8:00 PM EST, transitioning to pay-per-view 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.
Tickets for the event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and The Landers Center Box Office.
Kongo is wasting no time getting back into the cage. After a five round affair that saw the French heavyweight fall to Bellator Champion Vitaly Minakov, Kongo is ready to get back to his winning ways against fellow heavyweight and Bellator newcomer Eric Smith.
“May 17th is going to be very special for me,” Kongo said. “I had a great training camp before my last fight, and I still feel good after that camp. I wanted to get back into the cage as quickly as possible, and Bjorn made it happen. It will also be a great week as my friend Rampage Jackson is also on the card. We have trained together for many years, and it’s always special to me to fight together on the same card. May 17th is also my birthday, so this year’s wish will be an easy one.”
The night will also feature the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Finals, as former Bellator Heavyweight Champion Alexander Volkov battles Blagoi Ivanov, who is looking to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history as the Bulgarian heavyweight has returned in explosive fashion after a brutal stabbing left Ivanov in a coma. The victor will receive their $100,000 Tournament prize as well as a guaranteed title shot against reigning Bellator Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov.
“I’ve been Champion before, and I will become Champion again,” Volkov proclaimed. “Vitaly is a friend but we have fought before, and I want the opportunity to fight him again. Blagoi is a very tough opponent, but I know how to win a tournament, and that’s what I’m going to do on May 17th.”
The Bellator Lightweight Tournament Finals will also be featured, as Patricky Pitbull will battle Marcin Held in a fight between two fan favorites. Only 22, Held owns an incredible 18-3 record and is quickly being considered one of the most dangerous submission fighters in the world.
The Spike TV portion of the fight card will kick off with two of the most explosive featherweights in MMA as Mike “The Marine” Richman will battle the 21 year old Goiti Yamauchi. Both Bellator veterans are looking to get to the win column after surprising tournament defeats, and each know the importance of their matchup on May 17th.
“When I look at this card top to bottom, it just brings a smile to my face,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “We simply wanted to give our fans an incredibly entertaining night of fights top to bottom, and this card should absolutely deliver. From the start of our Spike TV show to our main event with Eddie and Michael, the card is loaded with great fights, and I can’t wait until May 17th.”
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)
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