July 31st has shaped up to be my favorite day of the summer: Chandler vs. Rickles for the Lightweight World Title, Askren vs. Koreshkov for the Welterweight World Title, King Mo vs. Jacob Noe for the Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship and Ryan Martinez vs. Minakov for the Heavyweight Tournament Championship. Pitbull will also return to the Bellator cage and Bubba Jenkins and Shawn Bunch will be showcased on the undercard. This show is going to be three hours of magic.
Last month was a great one for us starting with signing of Rampage. The amount of positive buzz I’ve heard from people walking down the street, texts, Twitter, etc. has been incredible. We’ve already started shooting the Rampage reality show and it’s going to be awesome. Not to mention, Rampage is in full training mode for TNA Impact Wrestling. The support from fans all over the world for this huge signing has been spectacular. Rampage was featured at The Guys Choice Awards last month as a presenter and just a few days ago the team from Tesla came to our offices in Newport Beach to present Rampage with his new, amazing Tesla electric sports car.
Our show three weeks ago at Winstar World Casino was one of the best we’ve ever promoted with War Machine getting a spectacular win, Mo scoring a great KO, Noe pulling out an impressive victory against the legend Babalu and a couple of awesome Heavyweight Tournament KO’s.
And, while we may not be in the middle of one of our relentless three month seasons, the greatest team in MMA has been working 24-7, preparing for the million and one things that make this company what it is. I have the hardest working team in the entire sport industry working here at Bellator and every day when I wake up, I am thankful to have this amazing family surrounding me day in and day out.
Last, but surely not least, tomorrow is the 4th of July. Many of us think about the 4th as a great chance to BBQ and have a day off in the middle of the week. But, in reality it’s far more important than that. All of the grQeat things we have and many of the dreams we have about what could be are all tied directly to the freedoms we enjoy. Freedoms that many others around the world are willing to give their lives for. Have a safe and great Independence Day Holiday.
See you all live in Albuquerque on Wednesday, July 31st or live on Spike TV.