John Salter and Costello van Steenis Meet in Main Event of Bellator's Return to Winstar World Casino and Resort on Nov. 8

August 27, 2019
LOS ANGELES – Bellator's return to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. on Friday, November 8 will be headlined by a middleweight battle featuring submission specialist John Salter (16-4) meeting Holland's Costello van Steenis (12-1).
The event will be broadcast live and free on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, as well as, while preliminary action will stream on, and globally on the Bellator Mobile App.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m. CT and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino and Resort box office, as well as through Ticketmaster and Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Fresh off of a first-round finish of Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 210 last November, the 34-year-old Salter will enter the Bellator cage for the eighth time in his 10-year professional career on Nov. 8 in search of his seventh promotional victory. With wins in eight of his last nine contests, including seven first round-finishes, the Birmingham, Ala.-native plans to continue his impressive run through Bellator's 185-pound class in a marquee matchup with van Steenis. Now training in Wilmington, N.C., Salter has earned a finish in all 16 of his professional victories and looks to add another highlight reel-stoppage to his resume. A veteran of both UFC and Strikeforce, Salter also owns career wins over Kendall Grove, Jason MacDonald, Brandon Halsey and Roberto Travern.
It was at Bellator 223 in London where van Steenis handed Mike Shipman the first loss of his Bellator career, an exciting win that propelled the 27-year-old Dutch and Filipino athlete to his first Bellator main event on Nov. 8. A close training partner of Gegard Mousasi, van Steenis grew up in Spain, later earning "The Spaniard" as his nickname. Undefeated in his four outings since signing with Bellator, van Steenis has made it clear that competing for the 185-pound title should come sooner rather than later.
Updated Bellator 233: Salter vs. van Steenis Fight Card:
Welterweight Main Event: John Salter (16-4) vs. Costello van Steenis (12-1)
*Card subject to change
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About Bellator: 
Bellator is a leading global mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator events take place in major cities worldwide and can be seen on television in over 160 countries to an available audience of over one billion people. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on both Paramount Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports streaming service. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
About Paramount Network: 
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.
About DAZN:
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming platform in the world. Since launching in 2016, DAZN has expanded across four continents with the app currently available for download in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan and Brazil. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The platform features big fights from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas, all for one affordable price, on any device - including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN also features live MLB action each day of the season with its new daily show, ChangeUp. In September, the much-anticipated daily program The Pat McAfee Show debuts on the platform.
About WinStar World Casino and Resort:
With more games than any other casino in the world, WinStar World Casino and Resort offers more than 8,400 electronic games, 100 table games – including craps and roulette games, 55 poker tables, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and the 3,500-seat Global Event Center and the nearly 1,400-room WinStar World Casino Hotel. Located just north of the Oklahoma/Texas border along Interstate 35, WinStar World Casino and Resort presents unrivaled gaming action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, world-class entertainers and a wide range of restaurants. For more information, go to or follow on Facebook at or!/WinStarWorld
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