PRESS RELEASE / CHICAGO, Ill. (August 30, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the official Local Feature Fights line-up for Bellator 27 taking place in San Antonio at the Majestic Theater on September 2nd.

Headlining the local main event are undefeated Texas natives Rodrigo Pinheiro (3-0) and Andrew Craig (1-0). Pinheiro currently owns and operates his own Jiu-Jitsui gym in San Antonio, and looks to continue his impressive rise in the sport when he faces off with the hard-hitting Craig.

Five additional Local Feature Fights join this already stacked card including San Antonio based Gilbert Jimenez (2-1) squaring off against Houston’s Aaron Barringer (4-2) in the nights local co-main event. Additionally, 11-year San Antonio Police Department officer Richard Odoms (1-0) battles Dallas native Dale Mitchell (0-2) in heavyweight action. Also, Dallas-based Joe Christopher (10-3) will be taking on Houston fighter Andrew Chappelle (9-6) in a Welterweight contest. Both fighters have previous Bellator experience, with Chappelle notching an impressive rear-naked choke at Bellator 20 and Christopher locking up a fight-ending guillotine choke at Bellator 19. Finally, Pasadena, Texas native Jon Kirk (15-8) faces San Antonio’s Shane Faulkner (3-2) in a middleweight fight.

Rounding out the local card will be two fighters making their professional MMA debuts in Steven Peterson and Ernest De La Cruz.

“San Antonio fans are in for a treat with our Local Feature Fight lineup.” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The Majestic Theater has been a great venue for Bellator and with our stacked main card in addition to our Local Feature Fights – it should be a great night of fights.”

Bellator 27’s main card includes:

– Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe “The Hammer” Soto (9-0) defends his title against Bellator Season 2 Featherweight Tournament Champ Joe Warren (5-1) in a Featherweight World Championship fight.
– Two Bellator veterans square off when Nick “Garfield” Mamalis (10-4) and Zack “Fun Size” Makovsky (9-2) collide in an opening round Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament fight. .
– Hard-hitting bantamweight Bryan Goldsby (15-7) meets submission specialist Ed West (13-4) in a quarterfinal tournament match-up.
– An opening round Bantamweight Tournament fight between the always-exciting Travis “The Hurricane” Reddinger (14-2) and submission ace Uylsses Gomez (6-1).