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Bellator 120 Lineup Is Complete For Prelims, Main Card

Bjorn Rebney

Officials have set the lineup for May’s Bellator pay-per-view debut, and have loaded up the Spike TV prelims in the process.

Bellator 120 takes place May 17 from the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The card will be the first to air on PPV by Bellator, and features the third encounter between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler.

Along with main card bouts boasting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. “King Mo” Lawal, Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko and Will Brooks vs. Nate Jolly, officials have also added welterweight prospect Michael Page vs. Rickey Rainey to the docket.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney told FightLine after Bellator 117 that there isn’t much difference between putting on a season show compared to the upcoming pay-per-view, just that things get amplified a bit.

“Our audience is going to be closer to 10,000 instead of 3,000-to-4,000,” Rebney said. “The formatting juggles because there are no commercials (compared to Spike TV broadcasts), but I have such a rock-solid team that knows their stuff.

“They have been working on all the features for the pay-per-view. This is a big event and it is important to us, but the prep is not much different.”

The prelims will see Cheick Kongo back in action against Eric Smith, while heavyweight tournament finalists Alexander Volkov and Blagoi Ivanov meet to determine the No. 1 contender.

Lightweight tournament finalist Marcin Held and Patrick Pitbull will also square off on the prelims.

Below is the scheduled lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

Bellator Lightweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Michael Chandler

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal

Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Alexander Shlemenko

Lightweight: Will Brooks vs. Nate Jolly

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Rickey Rainey


Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final
Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoi Ivanov

Bellator Lightweight Tournament Final
Marcin Held vs. Patricky Pitbull

Featherweight: Mike Richman vs. Goiti Yamauchi

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Awesome card top to bottom, apart from the brooks/jolly fight, which is fucking pointless. Cant wait to see it

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Looks like a great card, but wish they had matched up Kongo and Lavar Johnson that would be a good one i think.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    @hindsight that fights pointless but putting Tito vs their MW champion isn’t? Which I still say that fight won’t happen, at least they got smart this time and took Tito out of the main event

  • AlphaOmega says:

    In a non title fight, forgot to put that in there after their MW champion

  • hindsightufuk says:

    it’s two true veterans of the sport squaring off, to me there’s nothing to question. no difference than Anderson fighting the Sandman. MW dude fights guy at LHW who isn’t in the equation.
    just a fun fight.

    The Brooks fight is pointless as it’s a young guy with very little exposure or casual fans with a title shot to come in a backed up division on ppv against a guy who is there to lose who has very few fans and never fought for the promotion before. just pointless. that said, i hope Nate wins to fuck things up

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Maybe its just because I think if a title holder fights it should be to defend his title

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Well yeah, as a general rule title holders are gonna put their belt on the line when they step in the cage. But like hindsight mentioned it’s similar to Anderson fighting Irvin, Forrest or Bonnar (all 3 of whom pissed hot after the Silva bout…heh). Just a fun throwaway fight involving popular names to help pad an event.

    This could be one of the better events of the year.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    No that’s true, I guess it just wasn’t clicking that Shlemenko was moving up a class to fight Tito at LHW. I thought Tito was moving down to MW that’s where my problem was.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Also would much rather see schlemenko fight tito than fucking Brett cooper again. Bellator need to get some new talent in quick at mw or you ciould see the champ getting itchy feet to move on to find competition

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Do you think with as much were as Schlemko has that he could still make a run in the UFC mw division?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    no i don’t think so. i love the guy, one of the last few active fighters i genuinely support, and i’d love to see him get a crack at the UFC, but i dont see it ending well. his punch resistance is starting to dwindle, and he’s still undersized at mw i think. especially considering the level & size of mw grapplers in the UFC.
    i’d love to see him try, but just as i feel being a huge Nick Diaz fan, i prefer watching him win than fight the top competition and lose them all.
    i’d rather Bellator got in some new talent for him to fight, or i guess a drop to ww if he did ever go to the UFC

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Maybe a rematch vs Lombard?

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Thats one fight I’m gutted never happened. Schlemenko did well in the first fight, I’d love to see him get another crack at him


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