Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Set With Participants Cheick Kongo And Lavar Johnson


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Heavyweight Tournament Begins from California’s Visalia Convention Center on Friday, October 4

Newport Beach, CA. (September 23, 2013) – California’s Visalia Convention Center welcomes Bellator MMA’s Toughest Tournament In Sports on Friday, October 4th, 2013. The night will feature the start of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament, the highly anticipated Bellator Middleweight Semifinals, as well as a stacked preliminary card of California’s best talent.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at or by visiting the Visalia Convention Center Box Office. The event will broadcast live starting at 6 p.m. PST on Spike, as well as in Spanish language on mun2.

The night will be headlined by the debut of French heavyweight Cheick Kongo as he battles Mark Godbeer in the Heavyweight Semifinals. A bantamweight finals fight between Rafael Silva and Anthony Leone will also be featured, along with the semifinal rounds of the Season 9 Bellator Middleweight Tournament. After suffering an injury in the opening around, semifinalist Perry Filkins has been replaced by “The Juggernaut” Joe Pacheco.

Visalia’s own Kenny Ento will fight in front of his home crowd and face England’s Michael Page in an explosive battle. Page remains undefeated after beating Ryan Sanders within 10 seconds into the first round of his Bellator Debut in March. Bryan Travers will be making his Bellator debut after appearing on the first season of Bellator’s “Fight Master”. Ten of California’s top-athletes will fight on the preliminary card and all of the preliminary fights can be viewed live and free on beginning at 4:30 p.m. PST.

The full fight card is listed below.

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Mark Godbeer (8-1) vs. Cheick Kongo (18-8-2)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Vinicius Spartan (6-3) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-7)
Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Final: Rafael Silva (20-3) vs. Anthony Leone (13-5)
Bellator Middleweight Semifinal: Brennan Ward (7-1) vs. Joe Pacheco (6-0)
Bellator Middleweight Semifinal: Mikkel Parlo (10-1) vs. Jason Butcher (7-0)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Cain Carrizosa (3-0) vs. Juan Quesada (2-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jonny Carson (11-6) vs. Bryan Travers (14-3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Poppies Martinez (26-8) vs. Brandon Girtz (8-3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Javy Ayala (5-3) vs. Thiago Santos (11-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Isaac De Jesus (9-5-1) vs. Scott Cleve (13-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Kenny Ento (13-12) vs. Michael Page (5-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: William Richey (10-1) vs. Brandon Cash (7-3)

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About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 115 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom.  In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

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About mun2

mun2 is the leading Hispanic cable network for young millennial adults 18-34.  From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content that resonates across a multi-screen platform.  Young, vibrant and unabashedly Latino, mun2 has a distribution to over 38 million households. The network is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal.

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