Bellator is capturing plenty of headlines today, as the promotion has announced it’s holding an event on September 19th, which will feature some intriguing bouts.
First off, as expected, Bellator has tapped Tito Oritz to challenge light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary at the upcoming event. Ortiz has been campaigning for a title shot, following his wins over Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar, and the promotion has granted his wish. McGeary laid claim to the belt back in February, by working his way to a unanimous decision win over Emanuel Newton.
Since Ortiz’s bout with Bonnar drew a couple million viewers, it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn he’s been handed a title shot.
In addition, the card will feature a one night, light-heavyweight tournament. That’s right. The competitors will be the aforementioned Newton, “King Mo” Lawal, Phil Davis and Linton Vassell. The semifinal fights, however, have not been announced.
The semifinals will have two, five minute rounds, and the final bout will include three, five minute frames, if needed.
The event, which is titled “Dynamite”, is also going to include several GLORY kickboxing bouts. At today’s press conference it was announced that Joe Schilling and Paul Daley will be two of the fighters, but their opponents haven’t been confirmed. As a result, the GLORY ring will be positioned beside the Bellator cage, which is pretty cool right?
If you’re not overly familiar with GLORY and or Bellator. Both promotions are broadcast on SPIKE, so having them team up for a card like this makes a lot of sense. If you haven’t watched a GLORY event, well, you should change that ASAP. Unless you hate striking, chances are you’re going to be thoroughly entertained.
So, there you have it. While some purists and pundits might scoff at the McGeary-Ortiz fight, chances are the event’s going to draw very well ratings wise. The September 19th card will be hosted by the SAP Center in San Jose.
Bellator 138, meanwhile, goes tonight in St. Louis, Missouri.