CHICAGO, Ill. (July 16, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships is set for its highly-anticipated return to The Garden State for Bellator 74 on Friday, September 28 from the historic Caesars Atlantic City. The night will feature the start of Bellator’s Season 7 Welterweight Tournament as former Bellator Welterweight Champion and New York native Lyman “Cyborg” Good makes his return to action in Bellator’s Season 7 Welterweight Tournament in front of a raucous New Jersey crowd. Tickets for Bellator 74 go on sale Friday, July 13th and will be available to purchase at Ticketmaster.com or at the Caesars Box Office. Tickets are priced from $52-$165.
The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6 p.m. EST, with the first fight scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring some of the area’s top local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST.
“Caesars Atlantic City has become a second home to Bellator, so kicking off our seventh season in New Jersey was a very easy decision to make,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Atlantic City is a classic fight town and New Jersey is a hotbed for mixed martial arts, so our fans should expect another great night of fights.”
Good returns to Bellator following a dominant, 13 second destruction of LeVon Maynard at Bellator 65 in April. After compiling an impressive 10-fight winning streak to begin his professional career, “Cyborg” hopes that a return to the tournament will yield the same results that saw him become the first ever Bellator Welterweight Champion.
Bellator 74 will mark the seventh Bellator event from Caesars Atlantic City. Fans have been treated to some unbelievably incredible Atlantic City moments, including Daniel Straus defeating Marlon Sandro to become the Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament Champion, Michael Chandler’s impressive victory over Patricky “Pitbull” to capture the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Championship and Eduardo Dantas capturing the Bellator Bantamweight World Championship by submitting Zach Makovsky.
"Caesars has established a great partnership with Bellator Fighting Championships dating back to our inaugural event of Bellator 44, in May of 2011, and we're proud of the fact the MTV2 will broadcast the latest tournament live from our venue," said Don Marrandino, Eastern Division President for Caesars Entertainment. "Bellator Fighting Championships has provided Caesars Atlantic City with six previous MMA exhibitions, but I can honestly say without hesitation that Bellator 74 on Friday, September 28th will be our biggest."
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
About Caesars Atlantic City
Caesars Atlantic City sets the standard for excitement and luxury, having been awarded the 2011 AAA Four Diamond Lodging designation. The Roman inspired hotel and casino reigns at the center of the Atlantic City Boardwalk, featuring more than 1,100 hotel guest rooms and suites, eight diverse cafes and restaurants, including Mia by George Perrier and Chris Scarduzio, Atlantic Grill, and Morton’s Steakhouse, Qua Baths & Spa, and a lavish 140,000 square foot casino. The 1,600 seat Circus Maximus Theater spotlights leading entertainers such as Jerry Seinfeld, Mary J. Blige, and Tony Bennett. The Pier Shops at Caesars deliver the pinnacle of designer boutiques, chic eateries and abundant entertainment in a $175 million oceanfront complex. Caesars is located at 2100 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For more information, call 1-800-223-7277 or visit caesarsac.com
About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator, Latin for Warrior, is partnered with entertainment industry leaders Viacom and Fremantle Entertainment, and is the world’s leading tournament-based mixed martial arts organization. Bellator’s Founder, Chairman & 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.
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EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies.
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