Bellator MMA has pulled one last card out of its sleeve for its Bellator 131 fight week festivities, adding Wanderlei Silva to its weigh-ins and pre-fight party on Friday.
Silva has been a magnet for controversy lately, as he fled from a drug test in Las Vegas, received a lifetime ban from the Nevada Athletic Commission, retired from active competition, and has called his former employers at the UFC to the carpet for how they treat their fighters.
But on Friday, he’ll join fellow MMA legendary figures Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, and Frank Shamrock for the Bellator 131 pre-fight festivities at Friday’s weigh-ins in San Diego. The Bellator 131 pre-party kickoff event takes place at San Diego’s Dave & Buster’s on Friday. After weigh-ins, fans are invited to take pictures and have autographs signed with Gracie, Couture, Shamrock, and Silva. All four are expected to attend Saturday night’s event, as well.
“After we saw just an overwhelming response to our Bellator Fan Fest a few weeks ago, we wanted to once again give our fans a chance to be a part of something special and give everyone the opportunity to spend time with a group of fighters that built the sport we all love,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in Monday’s announcement adding Silva.
“We have events taking place all week around the San Diego area as we prepare for the biggest night of fights in company history, and we want everyone to be a part of it.”
Bellator 131 takes place on Saturday at the Valley View Casino Center. The night features Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight main event, plus Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks for the Bellator lightweight title.
The full list of fight week activities can be found below:
Wednesday, November 12th
Bellator 131 Open Workouts:
Workouts begin at 1pm PST and will take place from Dave & Buster’s San Diego, located at 2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108.
Fighters Scheduled To Attend: Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, King Mo and Melvin Manhoef.
Fans and media are welcome to attend beginning at 1pm PST on Wednesday, November 12th.
Thursday, November 13th
Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference:
The Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference will begin at 2pm PST on Thursday, November 13th from Dave & Buster’s San Diego, inside the Show Room.
Fighters Scheduled To Attend: Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, King Mo, Joe Vedepo, Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling.
The Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference will only be open for media members.
Friday, November 14th
Cheick Kongo/Everlast Meet & Greet at Mission Valley Sports Chalet.
The Meet & Greet will take place from 3pm PST.
Sports Chalet is located at 1640 Camino Del Rio N San Diego, CA 92108.
Bellator 131 Weigh-Ins from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110.
Weigh-Ins begin at 5pm PST and will be streamed on Bellator.com as well as Spike.com.
Fans and media are welcome to attend.
Dave & Busters Official Pre-Party Kick Off with Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Wanderlei Silva.
Join MMA legends and the Bellator MMA Ring Girls Mercedes and Jade beginning at 6pm PST at Dave & Buster’s San Diego, 2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108.
A live raffle for Bellator 131 tickets will also take place.
Saturday, November 15th
Bellator 131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center. Doors will open at 3pm PST with first fight beginning at 3:45pm PST on Saturday, November 15th. The Main Card will begin at 6pm PST (9pm EST) live on Spike TV.