Bellator MMA has announced the addition of Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Spartan to their November 2nd inaugural pay-per-view.
The heavyweight tournament finale will take place at the Long Beach Arena, in California and as the fifth fight added to the main card, Kongo / Spartan fills out and caps the PPV.
Kongo & Spartan will be the lead bout on the show and as such, stands to be a good kick-off match for what looks to be a very solid night of fights. Both fighters have a lot of power and are coming off of devastating finishes of their previous opponents; Mark Godbeer & Lavar Johnson, repectively.
In the bouts, Kongo used a barrage of heavy knees and punches to put Godbeer down in the second round of their fight, while Spartan only needed 23 seconds and a huge right hand to dispatch Johnson, in his.
As the card stands now, Bellator will be presenting two title fights (lightweight & featherweight), as well as one interim title fight (light-heavyweight), one tournament final (heavyweight) and one feature fight (light-heavyweight), which is at the top of the card; Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz.
Fights on the card that MMA fans should be looking forward too will be Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez; that should be a barn burning bout. The rematch fight between King Mo Lawal and Emanuel Newton; Lawal will be looking to avenge his February KO Loss to Newton. Lastly, Pat Curran and Daniel Straus should also be an excellent match.
Ironically, the top of the card fight between Jackson and Ortiz is apt to be more of a curiosity bout, than a truly meaningful one or awe inspiring. However, the two vets may surprise us and put on a great performance; time will tell.
Finally, the event will see Joe Riggs taking on Mike Bronzoulis for the “Fight Master” welterweight finale and a $100,000 pay day. For any and all Joe Riggs fans out there please note, his match is set for the preliminary card and not the PPV. As such, his bout will be available for free on SPIKE TV.
*Note: Additional fights will be added to the card in the following weeks.
The card, as is, follows:
Pay-Per-View Main Card:
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Rampage Jackson (32-11) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-0) vs. Eddie Alvarez (24-3)
Light Heavyweight Interim Title Fight: King Mo Lawal (11-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (21-7-1)
Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (19-4) vs. Daniel Straus (21-4)
Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Cheick Kongo (19-8) vs. Vinicius Spartan (7-3)
Spike TV Preliminary Fights:
Fight Master Welterweight Finals: Joe Riggs (39-14) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (15-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Terry Etim (15-5) vs. Patrick Cenoble (9-2)
Spike.com Preliminary Fights
Welterweight Feature Fight: Joe Williams (10-3) vs. Jesse Juarez (20-8)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brandon Halsey (4-0) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Guymon (14-6-1) vs. Aaron Miller (14-8)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Camacho (13-18-3) vs. Cleber Luciano (8-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Darren Smith (4-3) vs. Josh Smith (8-5)