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Local Feature Fights Finalized for Bellator 24 in Hollywood, Fla. on Aug. 12th

Luis "Baboon" Palomino

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 09, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the completion of the Local Feature Fights for Bellator 24 taking place in Hollywood, Fla. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on August 12th.

Joining an exciting lightweight fight between the ever-entertaining Yves Edwards and colorful, highly-regarded South Florida fan favorite Luis Palomino slated as the local main event, the promotion today confirmed four additional talent-rich fights for the Fox Sports Net event.

In a battle of Miami natives, the up-and-coming Nico Parella (2-1) will face Efrain “El Lobo” Ruiz (6-9) in a welterweight contest that will serve as the Local Co-Main Event. Both Parella and Ruiz will be hungry for a win after dropping their last respective fights which should provide fans with an explosive match-up at 170 lbs.

Hometown favorite Moyses Gabin (5-3) will take on Miami-based fighter Frank Carrillo (2-1) in a middleweight fight that is sure to bring fireworks. Both fighters have experience in the Bellator cage. In fact, this will be Gabin’s fourth appearance under the Bellator banner and second fight at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Just two months ago at Bellator 21 Gabin won in convincing fashion with a slick Rear-Naked-Choke against Chris Boffil with just 20 seconds left in the first round. Carrillo is also coming off of a decisive victory garnered at Bellator 21 where he gained a 3rd round TKO against Sabah Homasi.

Also on the card will be Port St. Lucie, FL native Eric Luke facing off against Miami-based fighter Chino Duran in a featherweight fight.

Kicking off the night will be undefeated Orlando-based bantamweight prospect Brian Eckstein returning to the cage to take on Miami’s Tulio Quintanilla.

“Our Local Feature Fights give up-and-coming fighters a shot to perform on the big stage,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “This local talent combined with our stacked main card should provide a great night of fights.”

Bellator 24’s main card includes:

A special non-title “Super Fight” between reigning Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard (26-2-1) and former NFL standout Herbert “Whisper” Goodman (15-8);

An opening-round fight in Bellator’s Women’s World Championship Tournament featuring the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound female fighter, Megumi Fujii, and dangerous veteran Angela Magana, the world’s No. 8-ranked female fighter at 115 lbs.;

Another opening-round Women’s Tournament fight between the world’s No. 6-ranked 125-pounder, Lynn “Lights Out” Alvarez, and Florida’s Jessica Aguilar, the world’s No.7-ranked 115-pounder;

and an opening-round fight in Bellator’s Season 3 Heavyweight Tournament between heavy-handed UFC veteran Eddie Sanchez and British power-puncher Neil “Goliath” Grove.

Tickets for the event – which will also be broadcast LIVE nationwide on FOX Sports Net along with action-packed highlight shows that will air on NBC Saturday nights – tickets are on sale now at

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  • Rece Rock says:

    New Season is right around the corner can’t wait BFC!!!!!!!!

  • hindsightufuk says:

    they better fucking show that Yves vs Luis fight man

  • Guthookd says:

    HSUF – They most likely will not show that fight on the televised portion of the show. All the “local feature fights” are available within a day or so on the bfc website though. The only way it will make the FSN broadcast is if one of the tournament fights are really short and if Yves’ fight is really short (and brutal). I’ve noticed that many times they have a good 30 minutes to go on air and they just talk instead of showing undercards.

    Can’t wait…’s BELLATOR THURSDAY at my house again!!

  • Guthookd says:

    i just saw that Magana had to withdraw from the bout with Fujii. Damn it.


    Foot injury forces Magana to withdraw from her slot in the tournament, sending the promotion scrambling to find a replacement
    The Bellator Women’s 115-pound tournament has suffered its first casualty as Angela Magana has been forced to withdraw from her scheduled bout against unbeaten Japanese submission master Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii at Bellator 24 on August 12th due to a foot injury suffered during training. MMA Rising first reported the withdrawal over the weekend. Magana was also forced out of a bout against Rosi Sexton at a Cage Warriors Fighting Championship event in May due to an injury, though that appears to be a different injury than the one suffered in this instance.

    According to the report, the promotion has already secured a replacement and is finalizing the terms of the new bout agreement, though no one has been officially named to the spot. The bout will also have to gain approval from the Florida State Athletic Commission, who have been notriously strict on mismatches or bouts made on short notice in the past.

    Fujii is thought to be the centerpiece of the promotion’s women’s tournament, which also includes names like Sexton, Jessica Aguilar, Lisa Ward and Jessica Pene and if it is determined that she is unable to compete by the commission for any reason it would be a serious blow to the promotion.

  • Dufresne says:

    Guthookd, I gave you a thumbs up not because I’m happy she’s out, but because I like news. Wish I could give the topic a thumbs down though, cause that blows. I was really looking forward to seeing her add to her limb collection.

  • Guthookd says:

    She just might do that man.


    UPDATE: Bellator has found a replacement as 3-0 Carla Esparza has agreed to step into the bout on short notice to face off against Fujii. Esparza began her pro career in February following a collegiate wrestling career that saw her earn All-American honors twice and has won all three of her bouts via submission. Despite the late change, the bout will still air as part of the Fox Sports Net broadcast of the event on August 12th.

  • Guthookd says:

    What an opportunity for someone who just started their career in February!! Crazy.

  • cutman says:

    Ya the girl has stepped up big time best of luck to her….. Can’t wait for Bellator Thursdays……


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