PRESS RELEASE / CHICAGO, Ill. (September 17, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the Local Feature Fights for Bellator 30 taking place in Louisville, KY at Fourth Street Live! on September 23rd. Headlining the local main event is well-rounded Louisville favorite John Troyer (10-6) facing off against undefeated Richmond-native Josh Clark (3-0) in a middleweight fight.
In the local co-main event of the evening, two undefeated Louisville-based heavyweights go to war when massive knockout artist Ron “The Monster” Sparks (5-0) collides with ground-and-pound specialist Greg Maynard (2-0). Standing at 6’5” and tipping the scales near the 265 pound weight limit, Sparks has been known for ending his fights early with 4 (T)KO’s to his credit in 5 professional outings.
Additionally, two more Louisville-based fighters clash when undefeated Thomas “TJ” Barber (3-0) takes on B.J. Ferguson (5-2) in fast-paced Featherweight action.
Louisville’s Mike “The Crazii Cajun” Fleniken (3-2) will be looking for payback after suffering a loss in his prior Bellator appearance when he faces off against undefeated up-and-comer Jeremiah Riggs (1-0) in a middleweight match-up.
Rounding out the card will be Stoney “The Skuller” Hale (3-1) fighting Louisville product Mike O’ Donnell (2-2). Hale is no stranger to Bellator action, recording an impressive submission victory over Mike Fleniken in his previous outing at Bellator 23.
“Our last event at Fourth Street Live! was a huge success, so it was a no brainer to make a trip back to Louisville,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We have a great local card to go along with a stacked main card. Our goal here is to over-deliver for the great fans in Louisville.”
Bellator 30’s main card includes:
* A Bellator Special Feature Fight between Season 2 Middleweight Tournament finalist Bryan “The Beast” Baker (10-2) and battle-tested UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeremy Horn (85-19-5), who brings more than a hundred fight’s worth of experience to the fight.
* The Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament moves into the semifinals when Zack “Fun Size” Makovsky (10-2) squares off with the dangerous Bryan Goldsby (15-8) for one of the two spots in the Bantamweight Championship Title match.
* The Bantamweight semifinals continue when the crowd-pleasing Ed “Wild” West (14-4) takes on hard-hitting Jose Vega (9-2) for the second spot in the finals.
* A Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Qualifying match rounds out the main card as Jacob “Tick Tock” McClintock (6-1) meets Louisville based Brent Weedman (16-5) in a battle of Bellator veterans.