Bellator is rolling out some of their best known talent to begin the Fall 2014 season this Friday.
This first event of the newly Scott Coker-helmed Bellator MMA will feature a rematch between Patricio Pitbull and Pat Curran for the promotion’s featherweight title. The two combined for one of last year’s most memorable bouts back in January 2013.
The champion Curran would earn a split decision in that night, only to lose his belt to Daniel Strauss later in the year. Curran regaining the championship in a rematch with Strauss back in March.
Meanwhile, Pitbull has enjoyed a four fight winning streak, including a knockout of Justin Wilcox to win the Bellator Season Nine Featherweight Tournament.
Backing up the main event are Bellator standouts “King Mo” Lawal, Cheick Kongo, and Bobby Lashley.
The event will begin the eleventh season of Bellator MMA — and the first to not feature a tournament format.
MAIN CARD: (to be televised on SPIKE TV)
Featherweight World Title Fight: Patricio Pitbull (21-2) vs. Pat Curran (20-5)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: “King” Mo Lawal (12-4) vs. Dustin Jacoby (10-3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Lavar Johnson (18-9) vs. Cheick Kongo (21-9-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Burns (8-7) vs. Bobby Lashley (10-2)
PRELIMINARY CARD: (to be aired on SPIKE.com)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marvin Maldonado (1-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (2-0)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (4-0) vs. Kin Moy (4-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Wessel (14-7) v s. Josh Diekmann (14-5)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Tamdan McCrory (11-3) vs. Brennan Ward (9-2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Perry Filkins (8-1) vs. Dan Cramer (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli (6-1) vs. Mark Griffin (3-3-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Phillipe Martins (0-1) vs. Pete Rogers Jr. (1-1)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Brandon Fleming (3-2) vs. Blair Tugman (5-5)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Scott Cleve (14-4) vs. Matt Bessette (13-5)
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