Fans Invited to Meet Royce Gracie & 'Big' John McCarthy Prior to Bellator 182

August 17, 2017
WHAT:           Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani MMA Legends Meet and Greet
Bellator MMA fans are invited to meet, take photos and get autographs from Bellator legend Royce Gracie and longtime MMA referee "Big" John McCarthy ahead of Bellator 182 on August 25. The meet and greet will take place on the Event Center concourse of Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.
*** Event is exclusively for Bellator 182 ticket holders ***
WHO:             Royce Gracie & "Big" John McCarthy
WHERE:         Turning Stone Resort Casino – Event Center Concourse 
5218 Patrick Rd.
Verona, N.Y. 13478
WHEN:           Friday, August 25
  • 6-8 p.m. ET – Royce Gracie
  • 6-7 p.m. ET – "Big" John McCarthy
The name Gracie is synonymous with MMA, and that is in large part to Royce Gracie, the man who is considered to have invented the sport that we know today. The winner of the first several UFC events, Gracie dismantled multiple opponents in a single night, many of which were much larger than him. For many years, there was no answer for the Gracie jiu-jitsu technique that he brought to the cage. Today, it's difficult to find an MMA fighter who has not trained in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu that his father invented. In February of 2016, Gracie headlined Bellator 149, an event that shattered company viewership records.
Known to fans as "Big" John McCarthy, the longtime MMA referee has officiated some of the most memorable bouts in the sport's history. Additionally, McCarthy has served as a pioneer and industry leader in championing for fighter safety. Along with being the third person inside the cage, his signature catchphrase, "Let's get it on," has become synonymous with the biggest bouts in MMA.
Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani Main Card:
Welterweight Main Event: Andrey Koreshkov (19-2) vs. Chidi Njokuani (17-4, 1 NC)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Brennan Ward (14-5) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (26-14)
Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (8-0) vs. Blair Tugman (10-6)
Women's Flyweight Feature Bout: Bruna Ellen (3-1) vs. Veta Arteaga (3-1)
Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani Preliminary Card (
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Roswell (1-1) vs. Joey Davis (1-0)
Women's Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Sinead Kavanagh (4-1) vs. Arlene Blencowe (9-6)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Casey (9-5) vs. Chris Honeycutt (9-1)
Women's Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Kate Jackson (8-2) vs. Colleen Schneider (11-7)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Daniel Pineda (22-12) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (26-7)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Henry Corrales (13-3) vs. Noad Lahat (11-2)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Vadim Nemkov (7-2) vs. Philipe Lins (10-2)
Women's Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Talita Nogueira (6-0) vs. Amanda Bell (5-4)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Ricky Rainey (12-4) vs. Marc Stevens (21-10)
Women's Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Jessica Sotack (1-1) vs. Kristi Lopez (2-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: T.J. Sumler (5-5) vs. Matt Secor (8-4)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kastroit Xhema (1-0) vs. Tom Regal (1-0)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Taylor (Pro Debut) vs. Brandon Polcare (1-1)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Joshua Ricci (3-0) vs. Brandon Warne (1-2)
About Bellator: 
Bellator is a leading 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 is available to nearly 1 billion people worldwide in over 160 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on SPIKE, the combat sports television leader. 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.
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About Turning Stone Resort Casino:
A renowned, award-winning destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino features world-class amenities including four hotels, two luxurious spas, five golf courses, more than 20 restaurants and dining options, an all-new 125,000 square foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, a cabaret style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, and several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues. Conveniently located 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33, Turning Stone was named "Best Countryside Hotel/Lodge" in 2015 and "Most Excellent Golf Resort" in 2010 by Condé Nast Johansens. Turning Stone has also earned the prestigious Forbes Four Star Award for The Lodge, Wildflowers restaurant and Skʌ:nʌ́: spa, and for 12 consecutive years, the AAA Four Diamond Award for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant. For more information and reservations, call (315) 361-7711 or (800) 771-7711 or visit our website.
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