Three UFC Hall of Famers and the man many consider to be the greatest fighter of all-time will be on hand for the Bellator 134 Fan Fest event Thursday night in Manchester, Connecticut.
Fedor Emelianenko, Royce Gracie, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock will sign autographs and interact with fans at Dave & Busters beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The event is free and open to the public.
The following night, Bellator 134 takes place from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the main card airing live on Spike TV. In the main event, Emanuel Newton defends his light heavyweight title against Liam McGeary.
Below is the complete release from the promotion:
Widely considered to be the greatest MMA fighter of all time, Fedor Emelianenko is one of the most revered and respected fighters the sport has ever seen. Stone-faced and quiet, Emelianenko boasted one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in the history of the sport. A multi-time world champion in MMA and Sambo, Fedor returns to America for the first time in several years to participate in the “Bellator: British Invasion” fight week festivities.
The name Gracie is synonymous with MMA, and that is largely in part to Royce Gracie, the man who is considered to have invented the sport as we know it today. The winner of the first several UFC events, Gracie would dismantle multiple opponents in a single night, many of whom were much larger than him. For many years there was no answer for the Gracie Jiu Jitsu technique that he brought into a fight. Today, it’s hard to find an MMA fighter who hasn’t trained in the art of jiu jitsu.
Tito Ortiz is an undisputed legend of the sport who still fights for Bellator. The former UFC light heavyweight champion is one of the fiercest competitors the sport has ever seen. With a rabid fan-base supporting him, his last fight at Bellator 131 against Stephan Bonnar drew over two million viewers.
When Ken Shamrock participated in UFC 1, he already had three professional MMA bouts to his name. Much like the other legends, Shamrock is recognized internationally wherever he goes. Shamrock competed in, and won championships at several fighting organizations including UFC, Pancrase, Pride, King of the Ring, as well as WWF and TNA.