Press Release courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships on Friday announced it will make its second 2010 stop in the Lone Star State next month when it comes to the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.
The event – which will be broadcast live and in prime time across the country on FOX Sports Net and during special weekend highlight shows on NBC, Telemundo and mun2 – takes place on May 27 at the historic theatre in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
The fight card for the event includes two semifinal round matchups in Bellator’s ongoing middleweight tournament: Siberian striker Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (28-4) versus former all-American college wrestler and Bellator Season 1 middleweight tournament runner-up Jared Hess (11-1-1) along with former competitive power-lifter Eric Schambari (12-1) versus Southern California powerhouse Bryan Baker (12-1) in a rematch of their December 2007 fight in the WEC (which Baker won by split decision).
In addition, the evening will feature a special “Heavyweight Feature Fight” between 11-3 former UFC star Eddie Sanchez and EliteXC veteran Ralph Kelly as well as four “Local Feature Fights” between some of the top rising MMA stars from Texas.
“Bellator is thrilled at the opportunity to bring our brand mixed martial arts events and our television partners at Fox Sports Net, NBC, Telemundo and Mun2 to the thousands of passionate MMA fans in the San Antonio area,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“Our two Main Event fights feature four of the most exciting middleweights out there right now including a man, Alexander Shlemenko, who I believe is one of the top fighters to come out of Russia in many years. It should be a great night of fights.”
Bellator Season 2 began on April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Bellator Season 3 begins August 12. Both seasons run for 12 consecutive weeks.
Bellator is also hosting an event at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, (just outside of Dallas) one week before the San Antonio event on Thursday, May 20.