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Bellator announces match-ups for upcoming featherweight tourney

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 23, 2010) – With its first Season 2 event now less than eight weeks away, Bellator Fighting Championships today revealed the Round 1 matchups for its much-anticipated, nationally-televised featherweight tournament.

The four fights will take place during Bellator’s first two Season 2 events on April 8th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and on April 15th at the historic Chicago Theatre. Bellator will also conduct tournaments at 155, 170 and 185 lbs. during Season 2 with the winners in each division being declared No. 1 contenders to the current roster of Bellator champions. Fighter pairings for those tournaments will be announced within the coming weeks.

The featherweight (145 lbs.) matchups are as follows:

April 8th
Joe Warren (2-1) vs. Eric Marriott (17-2)
Georgi Karakhanyan (12-1-1) vs. Bao Quach (17-9-1)

April 15th
Wilson Reis (9-1) vs. Shad Lierley (5-2)
Patricio Pitbull (12-0) vs. William Romero (5-0)

Each of the fights will be broadcast live in prime time on FOX Sports Net. Highlights will be shown the following Saturday night in special action-packed shows on NBC and Telemundo.

“As an MMA fan, I can’t wait to see these fights,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Having watched all of these guys in the cage, I can’t tell you who the favorite will be. There’s been great buzz about our 145 division and it’s definitely warranted. This tournament is a mine field for each of these fighters.”

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    wow what an awesome bunch of fights. i always loved watching Bao Quach, and Wilson Reis is a great prospect, he needs more exposure.
    Patricio Pitbull (12-0) vs. William Romero (5-0) could be a great fight

    this could be an amazing season from bellator


    wow!-just look at these guys records-i cant wait to see this tournament

  • Xspur says:

    Can’t wait for season 2. Bellator is going to grow in popularity with quality like this!

  • Rece Rock says:

    Bellator will be number 2 in a short period of time… and they are selling a different product then UFC so i believe they will be around for a while… i like there business moves… seem like they know what to do next- all the time.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep, and they’re not trying to over saturate what they have, looks like they know they’re limits.
    get the odd biggish name to fight every now and then and they have a great formula


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