Bellator’s British Invasion Has A New King

“King Mo” Lawal vs. Cheick Kongo replaces Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson and Andre Santos steps in for Douglas Lima to battle Paul Daley at “Bellator: The British Invasion”

UNCASVILLE, CT (January 23, 2015) — Injury has forced the delay of a heavily anticipated matchup between Bobby Lashley (12-2) and James Thompson (20-14) but Bellator MMA officials have announced a blockbuster fight to replace it in Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (14-4) vs. Cheick Kongo (22-9-2).  Also Andre Santos (37-9) has stepped in for the injured welterweight champion Douglas Lima (26-5), and will now face the always-dangerous Paul Daley (35-13).

The new contest is scheduled for the televised portion of “Bellator: British Invasion,” which takes place on Friday, February 27th, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The night’s main card airs live on Spike TV, while preliminary bouts stream on Spike.com.

Tickets for “Bellator: British Invasion,” which start at just $25.00, are already on sale at Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com. Additional bouts are expected to be announced shortly.

“We’re disappointed we had to delay these fights between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson, and Douglas Lima and Paul Daley, but I have no doubt that these matchups will be fantastic once they eventually come to fruition,” Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker said. “Fortunately, we’re able to replace the bouts with equally entertaining contests for our fans.”

“King Mo” Lawal fights for the 10th time for Bellator MMA and has established himself as one of the most recognizable superstars in the sport. A standout wrestler who normally competes at light heavyweight, the former NCAA Division I All-American and Pan American gold medallist has earned 11 of his 14 career MMA wins by knockout, including recent striking stoppages of Joe Vedepo and Dustin Jacoby. The former Bellator MMA tournament winner and Strikeforce light heavyweight world champion now moves up to heavyweight for the first time since 2009 to challenge himself against Kongo.

Kongo, a 6-foot-4 Frenchman, is a former professional kickboxer who boasts black belts in both Karate and Kendo.  A multiple-time world champion in kickboxing, Kongo now focuses solely on MMA and has built a 4-1 record under the Bellator MMA banner. Training at Wolfslair MMA Academy in London, Kongo most recently flashed his well-rounded game by scoring a first-round submission over fellow striker Lavar Johnson in a September matchup. Kongo’s lone Bellator loss came in a five-round contest for the Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Championship, in which he went five full rounds with Vitaly Minakov but came up short in a decision result.

Paul Daley is a highly feared and respected veteran with dynamite in both fists, which earned him the nickname “Semtex.” The 31-year-old from Nottingham, England has won an impressive 74% of his 35 victories by way of knockout. Having fought for Scott Coker under the Strikeforce banner, rejoining him at Bellator was a no brainer.  Daley took to the Internet to share his feelings on the injury to Lima, stating: “Nervous, Scared??…..I understand, preparing to fight me…. I would be. It’s ok…. guess you get to have a few more photo shoots with the belt…. My focus has shifted, same date, new opponent…. British Invasion at Bellator 134.”

The new opponent his focus has shifted to is Andre “Chatuba” Santos. A veteran of the sport in his own right, the Rio De Janeiro fighter has two more wins than Daley in four less fights.  Santos defeated James Terry at Bellator 129, in what was his first fight on American soil.  He now has his sights set on Daley, with hopes to win his seventh straight fight.

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader.  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 Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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Mohegan Sun Arena is ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 5th in the world by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 and 2010 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” Venues Today also ranked Mohegan Sun Arena #3 in the Nation and #3 in the World for top stops in 2013 and also ranked the Arena in the top six of “Top Stops of The Decade” in 2012. For more information on concerts and other great events at Mohegan Sun, visit mohegansun.com. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Paramore Announces “Paramore: Writing The Future”

An intimate evening of music with Paramore and their friends Copeland; Spring trek to hit North America Theaters, Arenas and Festivals; Mohegan Sun Arena plays host Saturday, May 9th

UNCASVILLE, CT (January 23, 2015) — Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has announced “PARAMORE: WRITING THE FUTURE,” an intimate evening of music with Paramore and their friends Copeland, set to kick off beginning in late April. “It feels right to bring the Self-Titled era to a close,” said Hayley Williams. “We’ve had a very personal and hugely triumphant journey with this one. What wouldn’t feel right is saying goodbye to this time in the band’s career and not celebrating it with our fans in some special way. So we’ve decided to do one last little run with it. Smaller shows, beautiful theaters… and we’re not calling it a tour, by the way. Each night will be a little event, or as we said just a few seconds ago, a celebration.” Paramore and Copeland come through Mohegan Sun Arena for a 8:00pm concert on Saturday, May 9th.

Tickets are $35.00 and go on sale Friday, January 30th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster and Livenation.com.  Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.  Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, January 31st, subject to availability.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, January 26th at 10:00am through Thursday, January 29th at 10:00pm. The tour dates will also see the GRAMMY® Award-nominated band appearing at an array of spring festivals, including Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival.

The upcoming tour follows the recent release of PARAMORE: SELF-TITLED DELUXE, an expanded new digital edition of their chart-topping 2013 blockbuster. PARAMORE: SELF-TITLED DELUXE is highlighted by a wide range of previously unreleased material, a new version of the PARAMORE favorite, “Hate To See Your Heart Break,” featuring duet vocals from Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars). The release also includes the never-before-heard 2012 demo, “Tell Me It’s Okay,” two bonus tracks “Escape Route” and “Native Tongue” and eight electrifying live tracks recorded this past summer at Denver’s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Paramore recently earned yet another GRAMMY® Award nomination, with “Ain’t It Fun,” the RIAA platinum-certified, Top 10 hit single from PARAMORE, receiving a “Best Rock Song” nod for the upcoming 57th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. In addition, Paramore singer/songwriter Hayley Williams was named the first winner of Billboard’s Trailblazer Award, honoring her as a standout female artist who breaks from convention to make a unique mark and pave the way for new talent. The Trailblazer Award was presented last month in New York City as part of the ninth annual Billboard Women In Music Awards.

PARAMORE exploded to the apex of the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its April 2013 release – the GRAMMY® Award-nominated band’s first #1 album to date. PARAMORE showcased a string of smash singles, including two Top 40, platinum-certified hits, “Still Into You” and the aforementioned “Ain’t It Fun.” The latter track proved one of Paramore’s biggest singles to date, ascending to #2 at Top 40 outlets nationwide as well as to the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – the band’s first ever Top 10 hit and their highest peaking song thus far on both charts.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit paramore.net.

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in 2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena Of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las Vegas. Also in 2013, Mohegan Sun won “Casino of The Year” in 2 categories at the Academy of Country Music Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events visit Mohegan Sun. For information on this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1.888.226.7711, ext. 27163.

Corey Feldman Joins Mohegan Sun For A Signings & Sightings Event

WHAT:
80s movie star Corey Feldman crashes our Totally Awesome 80s Weekend with an exclusive Signings & Sightings appearance on Saturday, February 7th at 10:30pm.

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, February 7th
10:30pm
The Shops at Mohegan Sun

IN DETAIL:
Beloved member of The Goonies group of misfits, Corey Feldman, joins Mohegan Sun for a special 80s Weekend Signings & Sightings event. The decade’s icon gears up to mingle with fans after he introduces the classic film in The Cabaret Theatre during the 80s Movie Marathon.

Corey Feldman has been an on-screen personality since the age of 3. He appeared in over 100 television commercials and 50 TV shows throughout his youth. Most notable, Feldman starred in 15 #1 movies in a row including Gremlins, The Goonies and Stand By Me. He released his first memoir, Coreyography in 2013 and currently continues to pursue an on-screen career. To learn more about Corey Feldman, please visit his Facebook.

*Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to time restrictions, Corey Feldman will only be signing the headshots given out at event OR 1 personal item per guest.  There will be no personal photos.

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