Fight fans, mark your calendars for November 2nd.
Circle the date, give it a gold sticker, throw a dart at it, then ask yourself "why am I using a paper wall calendar in 2013?" Oh, right, it's because it has cats on it.
Sorry, where were we? Right, the biggest fight card in Bellator's history!
Bellator will make its pay-per-view debut on Saturday, November 2nd, emanating live from the LBC. Like Snoop Dogg infers in "Gin and Juice," there will be much drama and it'll be a hard life for the fighters entering the cage for one of the most stacked cards in all of combat sports. The lineup includes two MMA legends squaring off in the main event, the top two Light Heavyweight contenders squaring off for a title shot, plus a rematch of one of the greatest fights in recent MMA history.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Let's take a quick glance at the most anticipated card of the year.
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OUR MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING:
QUINTON "RAMPAGE" JACKSON vs. TITO ORTIZ
Legends collide in the biggest fight in Bellator history. Rampage and Tito are two of the best Light Heavyweight fighters in history and the biggest names in MMA. That sort of reputation breeds camaraderie, particularly since the two have trained together in the past. But now, these two super friends have put all that aside to become mega rivals in the Bellator cage. Will Rampage be able to power punch and slam his way towards a dominant win, or will the wily veteran Ortiz use his extensive resume and cage experience to come up with a winning game plan?
LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT OF THE YEAR REMATCH:
MICHAEL CHANDLER vs. EDDIE ALVAREZ
The rematch two years in the making! The last time they met, Chandler submitted Alvarez to win the Bellator Lightweight Championship in one of the most exciting fights of 2009.
Alvarez ounced back with superfight victories over submission grappling legend Shinya Aoki and the ferocious and tenacious Patricky "Pitbull" Freire. But while the former Lightweight Champion has been on the shelf, Chandler has risen
from a champion in his division to one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. He hasn't just looked impressive, he's looked unbeatable. Does Alvarez have the blueprint to derail the Chandler Express, or will Chandler be able to cement his legacy against his most heated rival?
INTERIM LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT:
MUHAMMED "KING MO" LAWAL vs. "THE HARDCORE KID" EMMANUEL NEWTON
These two first met in the semifinals of the Season Eight tournament, where Newton scored a stunning upset knockout victory
over Mo. Mo's been anointed a champion going all the way back to his days at Sengoku, but circumstances have always led to him coming just short of reaching his full potential. In their first encounter, he unwisely underestimated Newton's speed and decided to experiment with shoulder rolls and head movement. He won't make that same mistake again, but Newton is also one of the most underrated fighters in modern MMA. He's deceptive on paper and in the cage: better than his record suggests, stronger and faster than he looks. Can Mo grind out a victory on the ground,
or will Newton be able to stuff those takedowns and find the mark once again?
FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT:
PAT CURRAN vs. DANIEL STRAUS
After numerous delays and injuries, these two will finally square off to stifle the debate over who is Bellator's best at 145.
Both men have had parallel career trajectories; the first time they met, each had just seven fights under their belt. Curran won that fight by knockout, but there are few things to consider. Firstly, neither man was the fighter they would eventually become: they've both gained valuable experience against top flight competition and improved their skillsets in the ensuing five years. And at the time of that first fight, Straus had fought six professional bouts in less than two months. That sort of breakneck pace is admirable, but unsustainable. One might even say a little crazy. Now, with both men healthier, wiser, and better than ever before, they'll square off to settle old debts and start a new era for the Bellator Featherweight division.
And that's not all. Live on Spike, before the pay-per-view, we'll see the finale of Fight Master: Bellator MMA!
FIGHT MASTER FINALE:
JOE "DIESEL" RIGGS vs. MIKE BRONZOULIS
A decade ago, Spike launched MMA into the stratosphere with the first ever MMA-based competition reality show. This year they revolutionized the format with the inaugural season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA,"
giving skilled veterans and the hottest young prospects on the market a chance to step up their game with the help of four MMA legends – Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Bellator's own Joe Warren. The fighters made their choices, and in the end it was Team Jackson's star veteran Joe Riggs and Team Couture's Mike Bronzoulis emerging victorious. On November 2nd, the two will meet to decide who walks away with $100,000 and a spot in the upcoming Bellator Welterweight Tournament. Will it be the young upstart Bronzoulis, or will Joe Riggs complete one of the greatest comeback stories in combat sports?
Championships, reputations, and destinies will be decided live on pay-per-view, Saturday November 2nd. Don't miss it!