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Bellator Heads to Dallas for Bellator 19 on May 20

Joe SotoBellator Fighting Championship’s May 20 Bellator 19 event, headlined by a non-title ‘super fight’ featherweight champ Joe Soto and Diego Saraiva, will be held at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas just outside of Dallas, the promotion today announced:

Bellator Fighting Championships, the fist-of-its-kind tournament-style mixed martial arts promotion will bring its world-class, nationally-televised brand of MMA to the Lone Star State next month.

The event—which will be broadcast LIVE and in prime time across the country on FOX Sports Net and during special weekend highlight shows on NBC, Telemundo and mun2—takes place on Thursday, May 20th at the Verizon Theatre (formerly the Nokia Theatre) in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 23rd at 1 p.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or on the Web at

The event includes a special Bellator Super Fight between reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Soto and former UFC contender Diego “The Octopus” Saraiva.

“Bellator is thrilled at the opportunity to bring our innovative, nationally televised tournament-style mixed martial arts events to the many millions of passionate MMA fans in Texas,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Joe Soto has established himself as one of the top featherweights in the world and this fight versus Diego should be a war. Additionally, we have two Bellator semifinal tournament bouts in the welterweight division and five other world class fights on this card. It should be a great night.”

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