“Fearless” Country Artist Taylor Swift Takes Center Stage at Mohegan Sun

Taylor Swift appears live in Mohegan Sun Arena on August 28th with special guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana

In her first headlining tour, multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter Taylor Swift will take the stage at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, August 28th at 7:30pm with special guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana.

Tickets are $59.50 and $49.50 and go on sale Friday, March 20th at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.  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 may also be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Box Office starting Saturday, March 21st subject to availability.

Fearless, Taylor Swift’s second studio album, was released in November 2008 and scored the biggest-selling debut week in 2008 for a female artist in any genre and was the year’s fourth biggest debut. Her previous release, 2006′s Taylor Swift, surpassed triple-platinum status, spent more than twenty weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Country CD sales chart, and she became the first female solo artist in Country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. Fearless is the first album since Santana’s Supernatural to top the Billboard 200 for eleven non-consecutive weeks.

Country singer Kellie Pickler is touring in support of her second album, 2008’s Kellie Pickler.  The album, which follows 2006′s gold-certified Small Town Girl, produced three Top 20 singles. Pickler is the second American Idol alumna to have a #1 album on the U.S. Country Album chart.

Gloriana recently released their first single, “Wild at Heart” in January. The band, made up of four uniquely talented musicians, will take their act nationwide with their upcoming self-titled debut album later this year.

For more information on Taylor Swift with special guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana 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.

Mohegan Sun To Host Bellator Fighting Championship II

Live Mixed Martial Arts Action in the Arena on Friday, April 10th

Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that Bellator II (the second event of the highly-anticipated 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes) will be held at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday, April 10th at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $60.00 and $30.00 and are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster.  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. 

“We are very pleased to bring world-class mixed martial arts events to Mohegan Sun’s spectacular venue,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “The team at Mohegan Sun has a wealth of experience and expertise in hosting some of the world’s top fighting sports events and we look forward to building on that great legacy with them.”

Bellator II on Friday, April 10th will feature a collection of highly-competitive, evenly matched tournament bouts in the Featherweight (145 lbs.), Lightweight (155 lbs.) and Welterweight (170 lbs.) divisions, as well as a strong undercard including several featured non-tournament bouts.  The fight card is detailed below:

Tournament Bouts:
145 lbs. – Wilson Reis (6-0) vs. Henry Martinez (5-1)
155 lbs. – Thomas Schulte (18-6) vs. Ivan Iberico (7-1/27-1)
170 lbs. – Lyman Good (7-0) vs. Hector Urbina (12-4)
170 lbs. – Jorge Ortiz (15-4) vs. Aaron Romero (5-2)
170 lbs. – Dave Menne (42-15) vs. Norman Paraisy (5-0)
170 lbs. – Omar De La Cruz (3-1) vs. Victor Meza (9-0)

Bob Yalen, Mohegan Sun’s Director of Sports & Entertainment said, “Bjorn and company have a history of producing high quality, competitive boxing events, and we have no reason not to expect the same as they embark into the world of mixed martial arts; Mohegan Sun is excited to be hosting the Bellator Mixed Martial Arts Fighting Championships here.”

Headlining Bellator’s Featherweight tournament on this stacked card is undefeated former EliteXC champion Wilson Reis and Albuquerque’s fastest rising star, the once-beaten Henry Martinez.  The match-up is a battle of ground fighting aces, pitting Reis’ multiple Jiu-Jitsu World Championship skills against Martinez’s action-filled ground and pound game.  Both are rising Featherweights on the world stage looking to establish their name amongst the world’s best.  Reis is from Brazil, currently fighting out of Philadelphia, while Martinez fights out of famed Greg Jackson’s Fighting Academy in Albuquerque, NM.

Also looking to establish his name on the world stage is undefeated Welterweight Lyman Good, who will face heavy-handed knockout artist Hector Urbina.  Both fighters are dropping from Middleweight to Welterweight for this championship tournament and both are established stand-up fighters; non-stop action is expected from this match-up.  Lyman Good fights out of Queens, NY, by way of Puerto Rico and Hector Urbina fights out of Indiana, by way of Mexico.

April 10th will also witness the return to the world stage for former UFC Champion Dave Menne against France’s greatest Welterweight MMA fighter, the undefeated Norman Paraisy.  Also featured in tournament competition will be a great clash between Mexico’s top Welterweight Jorge Ortiz and Denver’s promising Welterweight Aaron Romero.

The Lightweight division will feature a compelling match-up between submission ace and multiple world champion Thomas Schulte and the greatest MMA fighter in Peruvian history, Ivan Iberico.  Schulte is an expert on the ground with all 18 wins coming via submission, and Iberico is the Peruvian national wrestling Champion who has a 7 win 1 loss record on the U.S. books, but who has established a spectacular 27 win 1 loss record including MMA fights in his native Peru. 

Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights.  The nationally-televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three-month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lbs.), Lightweight (155 lbs.), Welterweight (170 lbs.) and Middleweight (185 lbs.) divisions.

For more information on Bellator Fighting Championships 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.

About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.  Bellator’s founders, Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein, are experienced fighting sports and entertainment professionals with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production (including Rob Beiner, winner of 12 Emmy awards for sports programming), fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. 

About Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or by visiting mohegansun.com.

Mohegan Sun’s “Winning Authors” Series Presents #1 New York Times Best-selling Suspense Novelist Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson Plays Host to Readers in a Forum on Tuesday, April 7th,
Discussing Her Novels, Suspense Fiction, Reading, Writing, Favorite Books, Authors and Her Rocky Road to Murder and Success

Mohegan Sun welcomes New York Times best-selling author Lisa Jackson as part of the exclusive “Winning Authors” series.  The acclaimed author will host a live discussion on Tuesday, April 7th in The Cabaret Theatre at 6:30pm to be followed by a book signing in the Spring Gateway in The Shops concourse at 7:30pm.

The event is timed perfectly for the debut of the nationally best-selling author’s new hardcover novel, Malice.  Lisa is back once again murdering her way into readers’ hearts and keeping them on the edge of their seats as she takes them through a tangle of suspicion, vengeance, emotion and violence.  In Malice, she brings New Orleans Police Detective Rick Bentz to Los Angeles, back to the scene of his ex-wife Jennifer’s death.  Within forty-eight hours of his return, a killer duplicates the double homicide that helped end his career with the LAPD. Then, a deadly spree begins with each victim tied to Jennifer, each corpse pointing to Bentz as the killer and each life stolen by a murderer determined to make him suffer for his sins.

As part of the “Winning Authors” event, a collaboration between Mohegan Sun and Spin Street, Jackson will host a forum at Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theatre.  Included will be a question and answer session at 6:30pm where guests can ask Jackson questions about her books and career. A book signing of Malice will then follow in the Spring Gateway at 7:30pm in The Shops at Mohegan Sun concourse.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Malice is on sale and will be available for purchase at Spin Street beginning Tuesday, March 31st, leading up to the day of the event.

Lisa Jackson is well known for her gripping stories of suspense and for her fifteen consecutive bestselling novels, including Lost Souls, which has just been published as a paperback reprint.  Mohegan Sun’s “Winning Authors” series is one of only two East Coast appearances she will be making for Malice.

Spin Street, located in The Shops at Mohegan Sun, is one of the nation’s premier high- end music, movies and memorabilia entertainment stores offering thousands of CDs spanning every genre imaginable from the roaring 20s through today and an unmatched selection of DVDs, books and video games.  Spin Street carries an astounding array of personalized and one-of-a-kind pieces of autographed music, film and sports memorabilia and routinely hosts personal appearances by many of today’s musical heroes in intimate after-show CD signings.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.