Curran vs. Pitbull Headline September 5th Kickoff From Mohegan Sun Arena Live On Spike At Bellator 123

Kongo Back In Action, King Mo Returns & Lashley Debuts

Bellator delivers a night of must-see fights for MMA fans featuring some of the most exciting fighters in the sport as Pat Curran, Patricio Pitbull, King Mo, Cheick Kongo & Bobby Lashley return to action on Friday, September 5th from Mohegan Sun Arena live on Spike TV.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com or by visiting the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

The night will be headlined by a Featherweight Title fight between two of the very best in the sport as reigning Bellator Champion Pat Curran defends his belt against Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull. The fight has been nearly two years in the making after Curran successfully defeated Pitbull in 2013 with a narrow split decision victory. After Pitbull stormed through the Season 9 Featherweight Tournament, both Pitbull and Curran have engaged in verbal sparring matches via social media that has resulted in one of the most anticipated fights of 2014.
“I’ve been wanting this rematch with Curran for a long time, and it’s finally here,” Pitbull said. “I won that first fight, and I should be Bellator Featherweight Champion right now. This time, I’m not going to let it go to the judges. Curran has started to get cocky and he’s disrespecting me. He has no idea what I’ve been through to get to the title.”
“Pitbull has been running his mouth a lot lately and everyone is sick of hearing it,” Curran said. “I’m ready to shut him up for good. I’m an even better fighter now than I was the first time we fought and I’ll show you him how a true champion fights on September 5th.”
King Mo returns to the cage after his controversial loss to Rampage Jackson at Bellator 120, as the American Top Team product will square off against New Jersey native Tom DeBlass. DeBlass enters the fight 2-0 in Bellator and is looking for the biggest win of his career against King Mo on September 5th.
“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Mo is the next step to get to my ultimate goal, and I’m not taking it lightly. I’m fighting in a huge fight back on the East Coast for a promotion I love. It doesn’t get much better than this.”
The main card will be rounded out by the Bellator debut of fan favorite Bobby Lashley, who brings a 10-2 record into the cage while also currently holding the TNA Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship. Lashley will square off against Bellator veteran Josh Burns in a heavyweight clash to open the September 5th show live on Spike TV.
The night will also feature a clash of heavyweights as Cheick Kongo returns to the Bellator cage to face the heavy handed Lavar Johnson. Both veterans of the sport, the two giants will engage in a slugfest that should produce fireworks live on Spike TV.
More announcements on the September 5th fight card from Mohegan Sun Arena will be made in the coming weeks which include Connecticut’s own, Brennan “The Irish Bad Boy” Ward.
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 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.

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Alvarez Vs. Curran Lightweight World Title Fight Headlines Bellator’s Fourth Trip To Mohegan Sun On April 2nd

Bellator Fighting Championships will make its fourth trip to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT for  Bellator 39 on Saturday, April 2nd at 8:00pm.  The action packed card will be headlined by a World Title Fight between Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez against Season 2 Lightweight Tournament winner Pat Curran. 
Doors will open at 7:30pm with the first fight happening at 8:00pm and the LIVE MTV2 broadcast starting at 9:00pm.  Bellator 39 will take place in the spacious Mohegan Sun Arena which was host to two Bellator events in Season 1 and one event in Season 2, making it no stranger to world-class mixed martial arts.
Tickets are $75.00 and $35.00 and are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster.  Ticketmaster customers may log onto ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge by Phone number 1.800.745.3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. 
“Returning to Mohegan Sun in Season 4 was a high priority for us – Mohegan Sun has a spectacular venue, a great gaming facility and a luxurious hotel.  I’m really looking forward to our return,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “Putting together an incredible night of fights is only one part of the equation – having a great place to show it is the other and Mohegan Sun is the perfect venue for this event.”
“We are excited to welcome back Bellator for what will be our fourth event together,” said Tom Cantone, Vice President of Sports & Entertainment at Mohegan Sun. “We look forward to what will be another great night of exciting finishes and sports entertainment.” 
In addition to the championship fight, the evening will also feature semifinal fights in the Season 4 Welterweight Tournament, a Bellator debut for Ben “Killa B” Saunders, who will take on Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Matt Lee, and a host of exciting Local Feature Fights.
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago.  Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional 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, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. 
About MTV2
MTV2 is a man’s best friend, available in nearly 80 million homes and with the highest concentration of males 12-24 and 12-34 on TV today. A vibrant mix of music, lifestyle and action sports programming, MTV2 has reflected the habits and behavior of young people since its launch in 1996. MTV2 is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
Mohegan Sun Arena was ranked the 4th busiest venue in 2009 by Billboard Magazine and was the 2008 recipient of a Country Music Award for “Casino of The Year.” 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.

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Bellator Returns to Mohegan Sun June 12th for World Welterweight Championship

Two warriors will compete for the World Welterweight Championship Title
Bellator Fighting Championships will continue its 12-week, nationwide world championship series with its eleventh event, Bellator XI, taking place at Mohegan Sun on Friday, June 12th at 8:00pm.  Returning to Mohegan Sun after the packed house at Bellator II, June’s event will feature the Bellator World Welterweight Championship bout in Uncasville.
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 have seen spectacular action in the Welterweight division and can’t wait to see the culmination of our three-month tournament with a world title fight at Mohegan Sun, the Northeast’s premier casino/resort location,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “Bellator fighters earn their right to compete for the world championship title by beating the best the division has to offer, and this division, stocked with undefeated phenoms, former champions and world-class challengers, has been really entertaining.  We are genuinely looking forward to sharing this excitement and passion with Bellator’s fans during our second trip to Connecticut.” 
The championship bout will feature Dominican standout Omar De La Cruz vs. undefeated Tiger Schulmann phenom Lyman Good.  Undercard fighters for Bellator XI will include the explosive Uriah Hall and the return of Matt “Weapon X” Makowski.  All the action will occur live at Mohegan Sun Friday, June 12, 2009 and will air exclusively on ESPN Deportes on Saturday, June 13, 2009.
Tournament Bouts:
World Welterweight Championship Final Bout:
170 lbs. – Lyman Good (9-0) vs. Omar De La Cruz (5-1)
Non-Tournament Bouts:
185 lbs. – Uriah Hall (1-0) vs. Armando Montoya (pro debut)
170 lbs. – Igor Gracie (1-1) vs. Vagner Rocha (1-0)
170 lbs. – Matt Makowski (5-1) vs. Justin Torrey (4-0)
135 lbs. – Collin Tebo vs. Nick Pace (1-0)
185 lbs. – David Branch (3-0) vs. Dennis Olsen (6-2)
135 lbs. – Jimmie Rivera (2-1) vs. Nick Garcia (1-2)
For more information on Bellator XI 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.

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