Press Release courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships
With its first Season 2 event now less than eight weeks away, Bellator Fighting Championships on Tuesday revealed the first round match-ups for its much anticipated, nationally televised featherweight tournament.
The four fights will take place during Bellator’s first two Season 2 events on April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., and on April 15 at the historic Chicago Theatre.
Bellator will also conduct tournaments at 155, 170 and 185 pounds during Season 2 with the winners in each division being declared No. 1 contenders to the current roster of Bellator champions. Fighter pairings for those tournaments will be announced in the coming weeks.
The featherweight (145 pounds) match-ups are as follows:
April 8 (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
–Joe Warren (2-1) vs. Eric Marriott (17-2)
–Georgi Karakhanyan (12-1-1) vs. Bao Quach (17-9-1)
April 15 (Chicago Theatre)
–Wilson Reis (9-1) vs. Shad Lierley (5-2)
–Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (12-0) vs. William Romero (5-0)
Each of the fights will be broadcast live in prime time on FOX Sports Net. Highlights will be shown the following Saturday night in special action-packed shows on NBC and Telemundo.
“As an MMA fan, I can’t wait to see these fights,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Having watched all of these guys in the cage, I can’t tell you who the favorite will be. There’s been great buzz about our 145 division and it’s definitely warranted. This tournament is a mine field for each of these fighters.”