Although most Bellator fans are likely still thinking about Douglas Lima’s brutal KO of Ben Saunders last night, the promotion has announced a couple new bookings for it’s upcoming schedule.
Former featherweight champ and “Fight Master” coach Joe Warren, has had his bantamweight semifinal bout with Nick Kirk rescheduled for September 27th. As you may recall, Warren and Kirk were scheduled to fight earlier this month at Bellator 98, but Warren wasn’t medically cleared to fight. Now the two will battle at Bellator 101, which will go down at Portland’s Rose Garden Arena.
Warren (8-3) hasn’t fought now since last November, when he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Owen Evinger at Bellator 80. The decorated wrestler was knocked out by Pat Curran and Alexis Vila in his two outings prior. In Kirk’s (10-2) last bout, he scored a submission win over Ben Miller, while competing for Impact Fighting Championship in April. The bantamweight has gone 0-2 in Bellator action to date.
Due to Warren-Kirk being booked for September 27th, UFC vet Cheick Kongo will now reportedly fight Mark Godbeer in their heavyweight semifinal on October 4th.
Bellator has also announced that the “Fight Master” finale between Joe Riggs (39-14) and Mike Bronzoulis (15-5-1) will now take place on the preliminary card of the promotion’s November 2nd, “Rampage vs. Ortiz” event. The welterweights were scheduled to fight on September 7th, however an eye injury to Riggs forced Bellator to postpone the bout.
So, here is the updated line-up for the Bellator’s firs PPV event. The preliminary card will be broadcast on SPIKE.
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Rampage Jackson (32-11) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-0) vs. Eddie Alvarez (24-3)
Light Heavyweight Interim Title Fight: King Mo Lawal (11-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (21-7-1)
Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (19-4) vs. Daniel Straus (21-4)
Spike TV Preliminary Fights
Fight Master Welterweight Finals: Joe Riggs (39-14) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (15-5)
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